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.
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 […]
April 4, 2017

Still Life at the Poggio a Caiano Medici Villa

The Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano is an historical gem far removed from the hustle and bustle of Tuscany’s tourist centers. The villa, located in the Province of Prato, is known for its status as a true summer home for the Medici, a place the Renaissance power family could spend their holidays, hunting and […]
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 […]