Author: Brenda Dionisi

Canadian-born with Italian origins, Brenda Dionisi holds a Master's Degree in Textual Competence in Publishing and the Media from the University of Siena for Foreigners and an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in Criminology and Italian Studies. Formerly managing editor at TF, she now freelances as journalist and editor for a range of English-language outlets. Follow her on Twitter @brendadionisi and see her on video at
February 3, 2016

Virtual Uffizi in Milan

  From Giotto to Caravaggio, more than 1,000 masterworks from Florence’s Uffizi Gallery are currently on virtual display in Milan.   Organized in collaboration with the city of Milan, the Uffizi Virtual Experience features 40 large-screen projectors and several Uffizi Touch kiosks displaying the works in high resolution. Spanning four centuries, the works, which include […]
October 1, 2015

Procacci takes its truffle to Milan

Florence’s venerable delicatessen in via Tornabuoni, Procacci, has opened a new outpost.    Located in one of Milan’s trendiest areas, at corso Garibaldi 79, the new shop offers ample seating with 50 spots indoors and some 20 alfresco. Along with its internationally renowned bite-sized bread rolls with truffle paste, Procacci in Milan’s small kitchen serves […]

Will there be enough for everyone?

It is estimated that the world’s human population will reach almost 10 billion by 2050—a 40 percent increase that will double global food demand. With dwindling natural resources, worsened by the negative effects of climate change, the challenge of producing enough food to feed the entire
May 28, 2015

Tuscany wows the world

The May 1 opening celebrations for the Universal Fair in Milan were the official welcome for the millions expected to visit the city and Italy over the next six months. The Tuscan Region is taking full advantage of such unprecedented international visibility. With two temporary exhibitions—one on the Expo fairgrounds and another in central Milan—Tuscany […]
April 30, 2015

Jellyfish on the Arno

Watch out, Florentines: there’s a jellyfish on the banks of the Arno near the San Niccolò bridge. But this sea creature won’t sting. It’s the Jellyfish Barge—a ‘floating, self-sufficient cultivation module,’ according to its creators at Florence-based
April 2, 2015

The power of pavilions

The Eiffel Tower. The Seattle Space Needle. Seville’s Puente del Alamillo. These and other structures built for World’s Fairs are among the most iconic on the planet. The Universal Exposition has long been a place for architects to display their boldest ideas, play with cutting-edge
March 5, 2015

Milan denied Leonardo’s Annunciation

Relations between the City of Milan and the director of the Uffizi Gallery, Antonio Natali, went sour in February following an unsuccessful request to borrow an early work by Leonardo da Vinci, the Annunciation (circa 1472), for what is expected to be the largest exhibition to date focused on the
February 5, 2015

A taste of Tuscany… In Milan

Since the world will be coming to Milan from May to October for the Universal Fair, why not take Tuscany there to meet it? Regional officials recently announced that the Tuscan Region will make the most of this rare opportunity to showcase il buon vivere toscano—particularly the region&
January 15, 2015

I_Dome for Expo 2015

The city of Florence is gearing up for next year?s Universal Exhibition in Milan with a host of events and special projects aimed at attracting some of the 20 million visitors the international fair is expected to draw from May to October. The centerpiece of the city?s promotional
December 4, 2014

You are what you eat

With food and nutrition a major theme of next year?s Universal Exposition in Milan, The Florentine is running a series of articles related to a variety of issues surrounding food, including sustainability and biodiversity, food security, transparency and safety, science and technology in the food supply chain and consumption