Author: John-Paul Heil

John-Paul Heil, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a junior at Mount St. Mary's University majoring in philosophy, history and Italian studies.
April 3, 2014

Florence has gone to the dogs!

Florence dog lovers rejoice: new regulations have been released stating that man’s best friend will be able to freely enter into offices, shops and other public areas, with heavy fines for those who show signs of banning the animals. These changes have been instituted in an attempt to

When hell muds over

The idea for the mud run first came to Mauro Leoni, president of ASD Sport Lab, which is organizing the event, about three years ago. He explains, ‘Some American friends, guests of our family, told me about two sports that I did not know but that I immediately became

Heritage homecoming

After nearly twenty years away from home, works from the Museum of Prato collection have returned to their rightful place in the beautiful Palazzo Pretorio. The building has just reopened after being closed to the public since 1997. The museum houses works by Lippi, Donatello, Giovanni da Milano, Agnolo Gaddi,

Famous fathers in Florence

They may seem like ordinary tourists at first, but the numerous cameras and many stage-hands around them reveal their true identity. Some stop and look at them. “Look, it is Kay!” says a Chinese woman on the Ponte Vecchio, surprised to meet the star of her homeland

Bargello hosts Bandinelli

The Bargello Museum is hosting the first exhibition dedicated entirely to the Florentine sculptor Baccio Bandinelli. Beginning today and running through July 2015, visitors to the Bargello can see 90 of the artist’s works, which tell the story of a knight, Bandinelli, through paintings, drawings, bronzes and sculptures.
February 27, 2014

Tuscan Integration

Tuscany is due to receive 1,37 million euro from the Ministry of the Interior to be used for a project promoting the linguistic diversity and civic education of foreign nationals.   According to the Tuscan Regional Minister  for Welfare and Vice President, Stephanie Saccardi, the money is intended

Honouring Mandela

A meeting honouring the life and work of Nelson Mandela will be held this December at the Palazzo Vecchio, one year after Mandela's death. The announcement was made official on March 6 by deputy mayor Dario Nardella at the Palazzo Vecchio. The meeting was attended by South African ambassador

On the podium

Tuscany was recently declared the second most attractive region in Europe for foreign investment by FDI, the magazine of the business newspaper Financial Times. In a special biennial report on global appeal of over 486 European cities and regions, FDI ranked Tuscany second behind Lombardy in Northern Italy.   This

Calling young artisans and bloggers

From May 15 to 18, Florence’s foremost arts and crafts festival, Artigianato e Palazzo, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in the Corsini gardens. Embracing the future, the festival has launched a contest entitled Blogs & Crafts: Young Craftspeople and the Web, encouraging young artisans under the age of

Made in Italy

Search engine giant Google has teamed up with the Italian ministry of agriculture, food and forestry as well as the Italian chamber of commerce for ‘Made in Italy,’ an online campaign celebrating authentic Italian products, many of which are Tuscan.   The project, part of the Google Cultural