Courtney Runn

Courtney Runn grew up in Texas but learned to love Italy as a second home after spending all of middle school and most of high school in Florence. She is currently studying journalism and Italian at the University of Texas in Austin. You can find her exploring the city with her camera in hand and a book in her purse.

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Michelangiolesca 2015

This week, Florence celebrates one of the most beloved artists of all time, Michelangelo Buonarroti, with the first-ever Michelangiolesca festival, a series of free events and concerts from July 14–19, around the city but concentrated on piazza San Lorenzo. The events are curated by art historian Sergio


Bargello hosts first solo show by a contemporary artist

Best known for its collection of sculptures and artifacts dating back to the 1200s, the Bargello Museum is going in a new direction this summer with an unprecedented contemporary exhibition, displaying the work of late artist Adi Da Samraj. Titled The Ascent of Orpheus: Between and Beyond Representation and



Medieval poetry gets a Surrealist makeover in #DalíMeetsDante, the newest exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The exhibition features a set of 100 illustrations by Salvador Dalí detailing Dante’s journey through inferno, purgatorio and paradiso as described in his Divine Comedy.   #Dalí


Siena Cathedral floors on show all summer

Editor's Note: Following a Ferragosto break, Siena Cathedral's floors will be opened to visitors again beginning August 18.   In celebration of Expo Milano 2015, Siena will open some of its rarely seen treasures for the duration of the summer: the floors of the Duomo di Siena.  


Breath of Africa

    On via dei Benci, the Methodist church of Florence sits quietly, but behind its wooden doors stirs an artistic revolution.    In the hands of Prince Adetomiwa A. ...


Coming back to Florence

   As I boarded my flight, my heart pounded with anticipation. I had been dreaming of this moment for a year—the moment when the plane would dip through the clouds ...


Piero di Cosimo exhibition at the Uffizi

The Uffizi welcomes a new exhibition this summer dedicated to the art of Piero di Cosimo.   The show, titled Piero di Cosimo: eccentric Florentine painter between the Renaissance and Mannerism, showcases 100 works and will run from June 23 to September 27.   Though less well-known than his


Pitti Uomo colors Florence

photos by Andrea PaolettiPitti Uomo 88 arrived in Florence this week with a splash of color. Held twice annually, the men’s fashion week showcases the top brands as well as ...


iPhoneography in the Oltrarno

The Florence International Photography Awards (FIPA) brings a new type of art to the Oltrarno this summer: iPhoneography. On June 17 and 18, smart phone photographs will be on display in several venues, including Studio 108 (via dei Sapiti), 4 Leoni (piazza della Passera)  and Tethys Gallery (via dei


Florence Chamber of Commerce leads the way

Next time you go shopping, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) hopes you’ll check for three words before making a purchase: made in Italy. The global organization gathered in Turin for the ninth World Chambers Congress from June 10 to 12.   At the congress, the ICC World


Florence’s new Family Tour

  Now you can see Florence through a child’s eye with the new app, Family Tour. The City of Florence, the MUS.E association and the Istituto degli Innocenti produced the ...


Photography exhibition connects Florence and Kyoto

Tourists in kimonos (Gion district), Massimo Pacifico   Opening June 5, Florence’s Anthropology Museum will host an impressive exhibition, FloKyo 1965-2015, featuring photojournalist Massimo Pacifico’s photography to celebrate 50 years ...