Author: Sabine Eiche

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:
January 13, 2011

Hear ye! Hear ye!

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 […]
September 10, 2009

Here today, gone tomorrow

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
July 2, 2009

Chilling out in the Renaissance

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
June 18, 2009

Brunelleschi and his dome

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
May 7, 2009

Mastering the art of good packing

What a 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, dishes, glasses,
April 9, 2009
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Adventures in the Sienese: part II

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. &
March 26, 2009
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Adventures in the Sienese: part I

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
February 26, 2009

On top of the dome, with Pippo

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
March 20, 2008
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The Modena connection

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
February 21, 2008

Chicory dickory wok

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