Author: Samantha Vaughn

Samantha Vaughn came to Italy to study museums in grad school and hasn't found any reason to leave yet. After living in various cities across Northern Italy, she finally settled in Tuscany, an ideal place to follow her passion of protecting and celebrating cultural heritage. Between museum visits, she's likely to be found reading in cafes.
November 6, 2019

How Florence pioneered the art of tattoos in Italy

As beloved as they are hated, even in 2019, tattoos are an artform that can lead to intense judgement and the utmost admiration. But while society still comes to terms with how it feels about body ink, talented artists continue to pave the way for wider acceptance. As more artists make their way onto the […]
September 30, 2019

Street artists of Florence

As women artists begin to reclaim their rightful role in the history of art in recent years—in Florence, we can thank the valuable work of Advancing Women Artists, whose mission is dedicated to recovering and exhibiting art by women long buried in the city’s museum storages—so, too, are female street artists pushing through to the […]
September 25, 2019

Sustainable Tuscan businesses

A landmark report announced by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service in May 2019 confirmed an alarming fact: the planet as we know it is in grave danger of deteriorating. As the human population continues to rise and an increasingly high number of species face imminent extinction, our quality of life is […]
September 5, 2019

Firenze Jazz Festival returns for a 3rd edition

  The Firenze Jazz Festival is back for another edition, sweeping through the Oltrarno with its fast beats and smooth sounds. Dropping the “fringe” of the first two editions, the music festival, part of Estate Fiorentina, promises nearly 70 hours of music, 150 artists and more than 50 performances on Florence’s “Left Bank” from September […]
July 2, 2019

Parents supporting parents with coming out

When looking for support in the aftermath of their child’s coming out, parents need look no further than A.GE.D.O., a non-profit volunteer association active throughout Italy that offers guidance to parents, relatives and friends of people who identify as LGBTQIA+.     Founded in 1992, A.GE.D.O. carries out activities to raise awareness about homosexuality-related topics […]
May 29, 2019

Sustainable Thinking: exhibition review

Sustainable fashion is about more than recycling scraps. As the Sustainable Thinking exhibition at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum demonstrates, clothing can be crafted from the most unexpected resources.
May 3, 2019

Science for culture: a chat with Maurizio Seracini

With the Year of Leonardo da Vinci upon us, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with more interest invested in the Renaissance master than Maurizio Seracini, a born-and-bred Florentine and a biomedical engineer who has made a career out of blending science and cultural heritage in the pursuit of conservation. Between teaching at the University […]
May 1, 2019

A return to piazza del Carmine

Il Bronzetto is changing the way Florence’s long tradition of craftsmanship operates
April 23, 2019

What’s in a wine label?

In the vast world of wine, non-connoisseurs are wont to select a bottle with anything but quality in mind. Unsure of what makes a red rich or a white right, we may find ourselves choosing based on the price, a suggestion or even the label itself. Unsurprisingly, we might be attracted to an intriguing label […]
March 8, 2019

Lunchtime judgement from Italian colleagues

“No, Samantha, no.” “How can you eat all that? “You’ll never be able to digest it!” “I could never eat that.” “Dio mio,”   After nearly eight years of Italian living, according to my colleagues I remain immune to a crucial cultural element: I do not know how to eat. At least, that’s what […]