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.
April 30, 2015

A review of the 5th State of the Union

From May 6 to 9, European leaders gathered in Florence, Italy, to discuss what the future holds for the European community at the fifth annual State of the Union conference.   During the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, commemorated every year as “Europe Day” celebrating the 1950 declaration

Magnificent: Renaissance art in contemporary video

  The Palazzo Vecchio, the heart of Florentine history for almost 700 years, now hosts a modern iteration of classic art: Magnificent.   “Magnificent: the incredible story of beauty that revolutionized the world” is a striking video and audio installation that highlights Florence’s most famous seminal paintings and sculptures. Playing every half hour, the 20-minute […]

Preziosa 2015: Florence Jewellery Week

From May 28 to June 3, Florence will host some of the world’s premier jewelry designers for Preziosa - Florence Jewellery Week. The event will consist of shows, meetings, lectures, performances and workshops by well-known international jewelry artists, designers, historians, and curators.     In addition to the

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

Timbersports in Florence

On May 16, the Timbersports International Championships will come to Italy for the first time, and Florence is the chosen city.   The competitive wood chopping competition dates to the 19th century on the Australian island of Tasmania where, as legend goes, two woodcutters tried to settle an argument on

Exploring the future of the EU in Florence

From May 6–10 Florence will host the Festival D’Europa, an academic, social, and cultural series of 120 events taking place in over 40 locations.   The academic focus is on the future of the European Union, centering on themes like sustainable democratic participation, new models of
April 2, 2015

Newtown Italia: a new model in urban development

Institutional and structural changes have been needed to ensure continued development in cities across Europe given the recent years of economic crisis. Working together in this vein, today Confesercenti Firenze and Fondazione Sviluppo Urbano presented a new model for urban development: Newtown Italia.   A panel of scholars, experts and