Author: Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez is a freelance writer, translator and European policy analyst. He received his master's degree from James Madison University's European Union Policy Studies program in Florence.
September 7, 2016

The Renzi referendum

Scotland voted to stay in 2014. The United Kingdom voted to leave in 2016. Referendums seem to be in the air in Europe, but Italy’s upcoming constitutional referendum is being touted as the greatest threat yet to the stability of Europe. Introduced by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, carrying an October or November deadline, the constitutional […]
July 16, 2015

From Austria to Qatar

  Viewing the starring pavilions of Expo 2015, such as those of Germany and Kazakhstan, may involve waiting for up to two hours. Avoiding the lines gives you more time to explore some of the impressive, less trafficked pavilions.   Israel’s exhibition, ‘Fields of Tomorrow,’ showcases the ancient and modern innovations that turned arid plains […]
June 25, 2015

A review of Expo 2015

    Until October 31, visitors from all over the globe are heading to Milan for Expo 2015. Under the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,’ this Universal Exposition has brought together almost 150 countries and 40 international organizations and businesses to celebrate their diverse cultures, traditions, technology and innovations, especially relating to food […]
May 28, 2015

The city that has changed my life twice

Dante. Il Davide. I Medici. The birthplace of the Renaissance. Most importantly, the city that has twice changed my life. Firenze. As the sun sets over Florence one week from my master’s graduation, I sit alone on one of the triangles over the Arno on Ponte Santa Trinita,

Fiorentina 2014-15 season review

That which starts sweet ends bitter. And that which starts bitter ends sweet.   Fiorentina supporters will identify strongly with that sentiment when looking back on their team’s season as they head into what should be a summer of change for la Viola. After a rocky start to

International Antiques Biennial returns to Florence

From September 26 to October 4, Palazzo Corsini will host the 29th Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze, the largest antiques fair in Italy and one of the most important in the world.   Beginning in 1959, the fair originally looked to spread awareness and knowledge of ancient Italian

New stadium plans for Fiorentina

With renovations expected both on the pitch and off, this summer could feature big changes for Fiorentina.   Like many other big European clubs, Fiorentina expect to have the normal comings and goings in personnel during the summer transfer period. They also continue to look into changes to their stadium. &

No selfies by the sea

In the Tuscan seaside town of Forte dei Marmi, a local hotel has banned guests from taking selfies.   The Hotel Byron, a five-star hotel, recently put in place restrictions for cell phone use on the hotel premises, the first of its kind in Italy. Selfie sticks must be

Palazzo Pitti’s grand kitchen reopens

    After several months of renovation work, Palazzo Pitti welcomes back an important piece of its museum.   In the southernmost wing of Palazzo Pitti, thanks to the combined work of the Palatine Gallery, the Polo Museale Fiorentino and the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, the cucinone (or grand kitchen) is now open […]
April 30, 2015

Prato delle Colonne reopens in the Boboli Gardens

Il Prato delle Colonne (The Columns Lawn) in the Boboli Gardens has reopened after being cordoned off last summer for security reasons following the extreme weather conditions in March 2015 that caused remarkable damage to the entire area.   Visitors can retrace once more the seventeenth-century path that unites