Author: Samantha Vaughn

Samantha Vaughn came to Italy to study museums in grad school and hasn't found any reason to leave yet. After living in various cities across Northern Italy, she finally settled in Tuscany, an ideal place to follow her passion of protecting and celebrating cultural heritage. Between museum visits, she's likely to be found reading in cafes.
July 7, 2017

Franco Zeffirelli Performing Arts Centre opening announced

One of Florence’s most illustrious sons is coming home. Renowned filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli is known to the international community as the man behind Jesus of Nazareth, Tea with Mussolini and the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, as well as a host of opera films and theatrical productions that have solidified his status as an […]
June 20, 2017

Torre di San Niccolò and others reopen for the summer season

Torre della Zecca, Porta Romana and Baluardo a San Giorgio also in the lineup
June 5, 2017

Re-appropriating industrial archeology in Prato

Something is brewing in Prato. The industrial center in the heart of Tuscany has long been a city of opposites: Medieval and contemporary, monasteries and factories, beauty and decrepitude. It is a city that has faced the unfortunate decline of its main industry, textiles, in the last decades of the 20th century, but in recent […]
May 31, 2017

The Medici Dynasty Show team launches exhibition

The Medici Dynasty Show has captured public attention with its intriguing plot and masterful acting, and the 2017 edition promises to go even further with an emphatic and original exhibition. Ph. Luca Morgantini From June 9 to November 8, the organizers behind the theatre production are moving beyond the stage with the exhibition “Who Owns […]

Contemporary spaces in Florence: the definitive guide

Last month we gave you a comprehensive guide to Florence’s major monuments and museums. This edition here is the definitive list of city’s contemporary museums and galleries. More fervent and friskier than you could ever imagine. 79rosso Gallery This creative hub, situated in the heart of the Oltrarno, is dedicated to exhibitions, artist residencies and […]
May 24, 2017

Restored Medici vase returns to the Uffizi

Thanks to the generous contribution of Friends of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery recently unveiled the newly restored Medici Vase, a permanent piece in the museum’s collection since 1780. One of the largest and rarest surviving examples of Neo-Attic sculpture, the Vase has been subject to many restorations over the years, including the integration of fragments […]
May 22, 2017

Porcelain exhibition at the Bargello Museum

  Until October 1, 2017, the Bargello Museum is hosting an unprecedented exhibition of porcelain pieces from the collection at the Ginori Manufacture. “The Production of Beauty”, the show’s title, offers visitors a rare glimpse at several of these pieces, shown alongside the works that inspired them, creating previously unseen comparisons with the waxes, terracottas or bronzes that […]
May 6, 2017

Massimo Ricci: the man who cracked the Duomo

Massimo Ricci was born into a deeply Florentine family, his ancestry going back centuries. The family name can be found on the base of the cathedral, where all the church’s donors were inscribed centuries ago. Florence runs through Ricci’s blood, as too does the city’s most emblematic building: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore […]
April 27, 2017

Ytalia: multisite contemporary art exhibition

Florence is joining the ranks of Italy’s contemporary art centers with the exhibition Ytalia: Energy Thought Beauty. Everything is connected.
April 24, 2017

Tapestries on display at the Palazzo Pitti

Tapestries to eventually be moved to former Museum of Carriages