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.
February 22, 2017
ART + CULTURE

Accademia introduces membership card

David is about to gain a few more friends. Just in time for Michelangelo’s birthday on March 6, the Accademia Gallery has introduced its newest initiative, Friends of David, the museum’s own membership card.   To boost local loyalty, the new card is intended for Florentines, resident foreigners or frequent visitors to the city and, […]
February 21, 2017
ART + CULTURE

2017 Exhibitions at the Uffizi

On the tail of two successful exhibitions, the Uffizi Gallery has just announced their program for the remainder of 2017, and it’s going to be a big year. The rich line-up ranges from Renaissance themes and crucial moments in Medici collecting to the anniversaries of revolutionary activities across history and personal exhibitions by renowned contemporary […]
February 15, 2017
NEWS

Sala degli Elementi set to undergo restoration

The Sala degli Elementi inside the Palazzo Vecchio is set to undergo a 475,000-euro restoration, thanks to a contribution by the non-profit Fondazione Giulio e Giovanna Sacchetti. Part of FLorence I Care, the restoration is planned to last for around 500 days, but the work won’t affect visitors to the Palazzo Vecchio, a main stop […]
February 9, 2017
ART + CULTURE

The Mini-Dome

The secrets of Brunelleschi’s famed dome have puzzled architects, engineers and enthusiasts for centuries. The towering cupola dominating Florence’s skyline continues to dazzle tourists, but not many know about the scale replica underway just outside the city centre. To uncover the mystery of Brunelleschi’s techniques, Massimo Ricci, the foremost expert on the Renaissance genius and […]
February 7, 2017
NEWS

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo named top cultural visit

English-language comments examined on social media and travel forums
February 3, 2017
NEWS

Oltrarno tabernacles restored

Thanks to the Committee for the Restoration and Adornment of Tabernacles of the Friends of Florence Museums and the American non-profit Friends of Florence, the neighboring tabernacles in piazza del Carmine and piazza Piattellina have been given a much-needed makeover.   Tabernacle in Piazza Piattellina   These testimonies to the religious and civic history of […]
December 29, 2016
ART + CULTURE

Street Levels Gallery opens in via Palazzuolo

The newest gallery to hit the Florence art scene opened to the public on December 18, 2016. The Street Levels Gallery inaugurated its space with an exhibition titled UNITY Wanted, highlighting the work of 18 local street artists. In their own words, the Street Levels Gallery is a space that is “part exhibition gallery, part […]
December 1, 2016
ART + CULTURE

Blowing trumpets

It’s now the season when we look back at the year come to pass, at its ups and downs, our personal growth and our setbacks. And 2016 is shaping up to be a year for the history books. Being American, I find myself reflecting on the obvious: the presidential election. It’s only been a few […]
November 15, 2016
ART + CULTURE

Tiepolo renewed

The Horne Museum takes center stage in 2017, with the 100th anniversary of the Fondazione Horne. A series of events are planned for the centenary, beginning with the exhibition Tiepolo: Drawings from the Horne Album.   Until April 18, 2017, visitors to the Horne Museum will have the opportunity to see 26 newly restored drawings […]
January 16, 2014
NEWS

Smartphones on guard for #MuseumSelfie Day!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 is Museum Selfie Day around the world. A group of museum professionals called Culture Themes has issued a world-wide call to post selfies in our favourite museums. ‘The idea behind Culture Themes,’ explains Mar Dixon, one of the project’s organizers, ‘