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
April 17, 2008

An interview with Franco Biondi-Santi

Born in 1922, Dr. Franco Biondi-Santi hails from generations of prominent Tuscan wine makers. His grandfather, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi, was recognized in 1932 for giving birth to what is now celebrated worldwide as Brunello di Montalcino. Referred to as ‘a gentleman of the old school', Franco Biondi-Santi
March 20, 2008

Padre Pio

Padre Pio was already a revered holy man of great humility and piety when he offered himself as a victim to bring an end to WWI, the war considered ‘the suicide of Europe' by Pope Benedict XV. Between August 5 and 7, 1918, Padre Pio had a vision in
February 7, 2008

A city divided

The debate on whether to continue the construction of the proposed urban tram network in Florence has becomrame fierce.  With a referendum on Tramvia Lines 2 and 3 scheduled for February 17, opposing sides have been in a bitter contest to convince undecided voters.  here in brief are
January 24, 2008

The Italian malaise:

Much like a Pandora’s box, contemporary Italy has increasingly born the brunt of its own evils and hardships, and as a result, has come under more and more international scrutiny. It seems that the pizza, pasta and mandolino icons have caught up with the bel paese and the
December 13, 2007

Where emotion meets reason

Left unused for decades, the vast space underneath the Palazzo Strozzi courtyard has been restored to its original splendor and will be home to Florence’s new Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (CCCS). Explaining how the new venue will showcase different approaches to contemporary art and culture, director Fransiska
November 15, 2007

Italo Calvino

One of the most original and challenging artists to emerge from post-war Italy, Italo Calvino quickly became a central figure in Italian culture through his active involvement in an array of disciplines—from journalism and politics to intellectually-oriented publishing and inventive literature. One of the most widely
July 26, 2007

An Interview with Gary Radke

Gary Radke is Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University, where he has taught since 1980. An expert in Italian medieval and Renaissance art, he is a fellow of the AmericanAcademy in Rome and has held fellowships from a number of private foundations. He organized the traveling
November 2, 2006

Scandal stings parliament

Another scandal has broken out among Italian parliamentarians at Montecitorio. This time, however, it had nothing to with Mafia connections or massive budget deficits, but with the alleged widespread drug use among Italian lawmakers. In a clever yet classic sting operation staged by the producers of Le Iene, a popular