Author: Cassie Prena

Cassie Prena, of Captured Holidays Vacation Photography (, is a photographer and "personal paparazzi" for clients on holiday across the boot. She currently calls Prato home.
December 3, 2015
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

Pratese winter solstice

photos by Cassie PrenaThis year, I’ve decided to broaden my Tuscan winter palate. Setting polenta and brodo aside, I’ve ventured into a bustling corner of Prato—Chinatown—in search of new yuletide traditions.   Secular Chinese celebrations of the Yule or Winter Solstice have made their way into the heart of Tuscany. This astronomical and cultural festival […]
July 16, 2015
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Tuscan summer: bagno style

Boiling temperatures, blazing sun and bumper-to-bumper highway traffic means only one thing: the annual great migration has begun. With bags packed and cars loaded, Italian city-dwellers move to the seaside to escape the sweltering heat and to indulge in the glorious tradition of summer vacanza al mare. &
September 11, 2014

On the rise

The tourism monitoring unit of the province of Florence released its semi-annual flows report on September 15, showing encouraging data throughout the province. Numbers of incoming tourists were particularly high within the city of Florence.  This year’s data indicates a 3.9% increase, with over 200
July 3, 2014
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Top 10 summer food festivals in Tuscany

Relish time-honed culinary traditions, get your wine flowing and bump shoulders with locals at one of Tuscany’s many summer sagre. These traditional food festivals are dotting the Tuscan landscape and offer a cheap opportunity to indulge in scrumptious, homemade Italian cuisine under a star-lit summer sky.

Uffizi to undergo renovations

The Uffizi Gallery will close six rooms for building restoration beginning Tuesday, July 22. Renovation efforts aim to improve the current climate system with a new air-treatment device and enhancing room illumination through the integrated use of natural and artificial lighting.   Access will be closed to gallery rooms

Cool spots

As temperatures soar and the sun beats down, Florentines, DOC or adopted, understandably head for the cool of the coast. For those left baking in the city, however, here are seven of Florence’s hottest cool spots—where entrance is free.   1. Easy Living beach Located near

Fra Angelico fresco restored

M useo San Marco recently unveiled its newest restoration: Fra Angelico’s 1442 fresco Crucifixion and Saints, which was restored through a gift from the non-profit organization Friends of Florence. The Crucifixion has undergone two restorations in recent times. The first was completed between 1967 and 1974 by Giacomo Dini, who employed a ground-breaking restoration technique […]