After spending five vacations as a guest at the Pensione Pitti Palace, Mary Ann Pinto moved to Florence in 1971 and married the manager. She helped him run the hotel until they retired in October 1991. Her recollections of those years is recorded in 'Diary of an Italian Innkeeper's Wife', which she is preparing for pubblication.
Every June 16 at twilight, the citizens of Pisa light nearly 70,000 candles in honor of San Ranieri, Pisa's patron saint, transforming the city into a sea of twinkling lights for a tradition now called the Luminara di San Ranieri. Homes, palaces, churches and towers on the banks
Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743) ought to be one of the most famous and popular Florentines of all times, for it was she who turned Florence into a cultural mecca. With a stroke of her pen, she bequeathed the Medici’s jewels, pictures, sculptures, manuscripts and