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.
May 31, 2017

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
April 21, 2017

Fondazione Meyer sending medical students abroad

Italy is betting on the young: thanks to a project by Fondazione Meyer, 24 young Italian medical students will go abroad to gain practical experience in some of the top children’s hospitals in Europe and the world. The “innovators” are all under 40 years old, some even under 30, who are currently working at Florence’s […]
April 11, 2017

Complete restoration for the Capponi Chapel in Oltrarno

Thanks to a donation by Friends of Florence and the donors Kathe and John Dyson, the Capponi Chapel in the church of Santa Felicta is set to undergo a major restoration. Work has already begun on the revamp, which will involve interventions across the board, including stone and wooden pieces, marble works, wall decorations, detached […]
April 6, 2017

Foreign war cemeteries in Tuscany

The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, after remaining neutral in the worldwide conflict for nearly three years. Though the U.S. did not spend much time on the ground in Europe before victory was declared on November 11, 1918, American troops would later return to play a much larger role in […]
April 5, 2017

Michelangelo’s “Crucifix” receives new set-up

Ph. Albino Todeschini Michelangelo’s Crucifix has been given a new set-up in the Sacristy of Santo Spirito. Thanks to a donation by the non-profit Friends of Florence, the late 15th-century wooden sculpture was cleaned and moved to its new location within the Sacristy. “We’re happy to contribute to the promotion of Michelangelo’s Crucifix and to […]