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.
March 29, 2017

Chimera di Arezzo returns to the Palazzo Vecchio

An Etruscan revival is taking over the Palazzo Vecchio this month. In conjunction with the G7 Culture Summit, the Chimera di Arezzo will go on special display in the Sala Leone X as part of the exhibition Chimera Relocated: Taming the Beast (until 27 April, 2017). Completing the show are a sketch of the Chimera by […]
March 28, 2017

Membership card for contemporary museums

Taking a cue from the upcoming G7 Culture Summit, to be held in Florence this Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31, and centering on the protection of cultural heritage, mayor Dario Nardella has announced the introduction of a membership card that will allow access to 18 participating contemporary museums across Italy. “This is the […]
March 24, 2017

Leonardo’s “Adoration of the Magi” returns to the Uffizi

Leonardo da Vinci’s celebrated Adoration of the Magi, painted in 1481 in the artist’s early years, has finally come home. After six years undergoing restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, the city’s premier restoration institute, the Renaissance painting was returned to the Uffizi Gallery in the early hours of Friday, under the watchful eyes […]
March 1, 2017

Neptune fountain restoration update

Project funded by Salvatore Ferragamo, making use of the Italian Art Bonus scheme
February 28, 2017

Grocery shopping vs. the supermarket

When I arrived in Florence several years ago, I thought of myself as independent and headstrong. I was a graduate student and I was going to be living in Italy for an entire year. I was older, I was committed, I was brave. On settling into my new life abroad, the adaptation process went as […]
February 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo named top cultural visit

English-language comments examined on social media and travel forums