Author: Maggie Ryan

Maggie Ryan is a San Diego native who misses the Pacific Ocean but thinks the Arno is pretty nice too. She is a junior at Stanford University majoring in English and studying in Florence for an all-too-brief 3 months, during which time she hopes to improve her Italian, get lost as little as possible and run in the Fiesole hills to burn off all the pecorino she plans to consume.
December 3, 2015
1966 Florence FloodCULTURE

The Mud Angel series: Diana Daffner

A student in Florence when the flood hit, Diana Daffner (formerly Weinberg) shares her experiences of looking down from her Arno-side apartment as the water rose and ravaged the Ponte Vecchio, leaving a torrent of fango behind.      Diana’s photos from 1966: Nov 5 (left) and September of the same year   Maggie Ryan: […]
November 13, 2015

Modern-day pilgrims for a modern-day jubilee

In 1600, three million pilgrims descended on Rome for the Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Clement VIII. Among them were the members of the Compagnia di Santa Caterina in Fontebranda (Society of Saint Catherine in Fontebranda), who had set off for the holy city on the famous Via Francigena. This December
November 5, 2015

Vetrina Toscana releases new e-book

A new e-book released by the Vetrina Toscana project preserves the region’s family recipes and family stories.    Storie di Piatti e Territori was cooked up through a contest sponsored by the Tuscan Region. Food lovers, journalists and bloggers were invited to share ‘their Tuscany,’ as told through a dish. But there was more to the […]
October 23, 2015

Rigour and Grace exhibition at Pitti

  A treasure trove of restored art is on display in the Palatine Chapel, located within the Pitti Palace’s Silver Museum. Until May 17, 2016, the exhibition Rigour and Grace: The Society of San Benedetto Bianco in 17th-century Florence allows visitors a rare glimpse of a holy space and artworks. Agostino Melissi, (?1615/16 circa – […]
October 21, 2015

A glimpse of Florentia

The Cortile Maggiore dei Fiorentini (Great Courtyard of the Florentines), at Florence's Archaeological Museum, is reopening after 50 years of closure to the public. Designed near the end of the 19th century by archaeologist Luigi Adriano Milano, the Cortile houses the remains of monuments from Florence’s days
October 1, 2015

Interview with Jen Mascali, up-and-coming leather handbag designer

Born just outside of New York City, handbag designer Jen Mascali has fashion in her blood—her mother and grandfather are both artists and her great-grandfather was a shoemaker for stars like Grace Kelly, whose wedding shoes he crafted (sticking a penny under the sole, Mascali says, for good luck).   Between jobs after college, Mascali […]
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

@Montevarchi goes viral

  Montevarchi, a small town of 24,000 in the province of Arezzo, is making a big name for itself on the Internet.   Over the past six years, the city government has amassed quite the social media presence: they launched their Twitter account in March 2009, joined Facebook in 2012 and capped it off recently […]