Author: Lily Prigioniero

Lily Prigioniero is a professor of writing and art conservation who, for the past 20 years, has taught in various study-abroad programs in Florence including New York University, Syracuse, and the Florence University of the Arts. She lives with her family in the hills of Montespertoli.
September 29, 2017

An Italian Buffalo Bill

A living folk legend is about to appear in Tuscany, an Italian Buffalo Bill scanning the deserts of the American West as well as the busy highways of Italy. Luigi Grechi De Gregori is a rare and exceptional combination of Italian singer-songwriter playing in the true tradition of the American folk style with his acoustic […]
September 10, 2015

A letter to students in Florence

A university colleague recently asked me, ‘So what’s your other shtick—all writing professors have another shtick?’ I looked at him with a raised eyebrow and said ‘Art conservation,’ to which he responded by raising his eyebrow. Art is my passion and the
July 16, 2015
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Prima Materia: first things first

  The Montespertoli-based non-profit Prima Materia aims to make music a staple of after-school life both locally and internationally. Headed by British expats Dr. Deborah Parker and husband Henry Brown, the association takes its name from a term in the Italian public school system. An academic subject deemed prima materia is considered to be of […]