Sabine Eiche is a Canadian writer and art historian living in Florence, has published extensively on Italian Renaissance architecture, gradens and drawings. She is an authority on the history and culture of the Duchy of Urbino and his preparing a book about the local couisine.Her most recent book is 'Presenting the Turkey: The Fabulous Story of a Flamboyant and Flavourful Bird'. Visit her website: http://members.shaw.ca/seiche
WikiLeaks has forever changed the way the world reports the news-or has it? In reality, the journalist’s role of disclosing secret documents and messages from foreign diplomats and agents is a centuries-old practice. In this article, Sabine Eiche takes us back to the dawn of news reporting to reveal that the men who gathered the […]
If you've been living in (or
returning to) Florence
for a while, you may have noticed that stores here have a way of disappearing
practically overnight. One day you go out to get your carton of eggs where
you've always bought your eggs, and instead of the friendly
Some like it cold
So, you think that ice-cold drinks are a modern American invention? Well, here's news for you: frosty beverages were the rage in Italy centuries before America was discovered. They became especially popular in Renaissance Florence.
French essayist Michel de Montaigne, who traveled through Italy
This poem is dedicated to my young Florentine friends Choppy and Giovanni.
Florentines had civic pride, Something that they didn't hide.Building churches was the rage,Even if it took an age.Dignitaries riding throughNoticed there was lots to do.There's Saint Mary of the Flower,Crouched
relief when nightmares fizzle into nothing. A whole string of them haunted me
last summer when I left Florence, my home for 32 years, to move back to Canada.
First I dreamt I'd never ever be able to pack up all my books, notes, pottery,
On the first leg of this adventure (read the first part) we began a trip off the beaten track of well-known monuments and headed south from Florence by car by way of Castellina in
Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi and San Gimignano. The tour continues in Colle Val d'Elsa.
Tourists visiting Italy nowadays are rather like people attending one of those big society events, at which an ultra VIP, say Paris Hilton (if you're young and American), or Prince Charles (if you're old and British) is the guest of honour. What happens? Everyone pushes and gets pushed
When you think of the story of Brunelleschi's dome of Florence cathedral, you think of complicated construction machinery and mind-boggling mathematical calculations, don't you? Well, you're right. The story is rife with math and machines. But, it's also spiced with plenty of anecdotes, the kind
The next time you wake up wondering if there's more to Italy than Florence, don't roll over and go back to sleep. Roll out of bed instead. Breeze through the bathroom, jump into your clothes, down some coffee and run to catch the 8:29 ICplus 580 Tacito
Would you recognize a chicory if you saw one? Chances are that many of you would not. And yet chicory stalks in our midst. It has been stalking in our midst since antiquity.
A few months ago I probably wouldn’t have recognized a chicory either. After hearing