Author: Katie Acompora

Originally from Mamaroneck, New York, Katie Acompora is majoring in English with a concentration in journalism at Fairfield University. She is attending the Florence University of Arts this spring to study art history and travel writing.
February 27, 2014

An afternoon in Fiesole

As a study abroad student living in the center of Florence, I appreciate my picturesque view of the Duomo from my apartment window, the distinctive sound of the church bells ringing every morning and the violinist who plays symphonies directly under my third-floor apartment window each night. My location

Madonna mud

Madonna has been spending less time on stage and more time creating MDNA Skin, her first line of natural beauty products, made from Tuscan mud from the Terme di Montecatini.   After stirring excitement among her fan base by releasing a teaser video for MDNA Skin on her personal website

Reaching the summit

Italy’s prime minister (and technically still the mayor of Florence), Matteo Renzi, has intimated that the February 2017 G8 summit could take place in Florence.   Initial estimates indicate that an investment of 200 million euro will be needed to get the city ready for the global summit;
January 30, 2014

Nothing virgin about this oil

The Italian government is acclaimed for its confiscation of counterfeit goods. So what happens when Harrod's tries to sell pseudo ‘Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil,’ olive oil that claims to be derived from 100% pure Tuscan olives.   The Italian ministry of agriculture has taken serious and

Creative cooking

Ever wonder about the genius and innovation required to cultivate a successful food dish? Beginning on February 26 at the Caffetteria delle Oblate, food bloggers will publicly express their personal experiences with cooking, enlightening us to the creative process behind each recipe. They will then design an appetizer of the