Author: Margreta Moss

Margreta Moss is a journalist, historian, art critic and lecturer. Born in Florence, where she graduated in classical studies and gained a PhD in Mathematics, Margreta has also worked in Italy, the USA, Venezuela, Australia, Borneo, Middle East and, since 1993, in London, where she currently lives. She is a member of the Amerigo Vespucci a Casa Sua Committee and the Toscana-USA Association as well as head of the Fiorentini nel Mondo Association in the United Kingdom.
March 18, 2021

Dante and the Lunigiana

Thirteenth- and fourteenth-century travellers to the Lunigiana were obliged to pay a toll to the Luni church or the Malaspina marquises, who owned castles on the hills above the river Magra and did not appreciate that the bishop of Luni had built his home and fortress above its mouth. Enrico da Fucecchio was a belligerent […]
February 28, 2020
CULTUREThe Tuscan Times

Pisa unveils a monument to Galileo Galilei

On February 29, a bronze statue of Galileo Galilei will be placed in front of what is believed to be the scientist’s childhood home.     The artist behind the sculpture is Gabriele Vicari. Born in Lucca, Vicari studied at the Carrara fine arts academy, gained experience under the tutelage of Marcello Tommasi and has […]
September 19, 2019

Florentine composer Stefano Burbi takes on the musical

On September 14 at Florence’s Accademia del Disegno e delle Arti, the Fiorentini nel Mondo Association awarded its annual coveted prize for sonorous arts to Maestro Stefano Burbi for his past, present and future achievements.             A symphony himself, Stefano Burbi is impetuous and passionate, tender and soothing like the […]
September 13, 2018

Michelangelo at the Italian Institute of Culture in London

For Michelangelo, there was nothing to celebrate. Five hundred years ago, Pope Leo X forced him to leave his beloved Carrara and find new quarries in the impenetrable surroundings of Pietrasanta and Seravezza to extract marble for the façade of Florence’s San Lorenzo Basilica. Michelangelo was a stubborn man and strenuously opposed the papal decision, […]
March 1, 2018

Vespucci Forum hosted in Florence

A delegation from Brazil is on a mission to remind the world—and Florence—about the expeditions and discoveries of Amerigo Vespucci.
August 4, 2017

Plinio Nomellini exhibition in Versilia

The summer exhibition on Plinio Nomellini at Seravezza’s sumptuous Villa Medicea is a must for Versilia vacationers.

Worthy of kings: Impruneta terracotta

Fancy those reddish tiles on roofs that make Italian towns and villages so picturesque? Or those elegant orange and lemon vases which dot their Renaissance gardens? Both of these essential Italian elements are made of cotto, a type of traditional brick tile, which in Tuscany is practically synonymous with Impruneta. A must for Chianti lovers, […]
July 14, 2017

Michelangelo’s marble road

500 years have passed since Michelangelo forged his marble road, extending from Seravezza to the heel of the Trambiserra and Cappella quarries. One of the many roads crossing the Apuan Alps, it is imbued with a legacy that has shaped the character of all towns in Alta Versilia. That character is as hard as the […]
May 8, 2017

London One Radio with Filippo Baglini

This is not Radio Ga Ga: Filippo Baglini is serious on radio power and his London One Radio has yet to have its finest hour. There are 250,000 Italians in London, give or take. It’s not a “merging amalgamated” community, but it is nevertheless an audience to be reckoned with. Three years ago, an enterprising […]
March 22, 2016

Exhibition review: Botticelli Reimagined

Sandro Botticelli was the creator of complex allegories: it’s no wonder that his Birth of Venus, like Michelangelo’s David, has been reinterpreted and re-presented in every possible form by artists down the centuries. With its latest exhibition, “Botticelli Reimagined”, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London strives to mix modern interpretations of the Florentine painter’s […]