LEGO Girolamo Savonarola by Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei’s ‘Libero’ at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence

Ai Weiwei is one of the best and most provocative artists working in the world today. Now Italians and visitors to Italy will have a chance to see the Chinese artists’s works up close in an exhibition at the Palazzo…

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My September 11th in Florence

At San Miniato al Monte above Florence with my USA Today on September 12, 2001 Every year, as we approach the anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, I think back to what I was doing that day.…

Zaha Hadid's MAXXI Museum, Rome

Best Places in Italy for Modern Art

Italy’s modern art museums are often overlooked. But they shouldn’t be. Here are some of the best places in Italy to see modern art.

The Scariest Place in Tuscany

Last year saw the release of the book the Monster of Florence, a true tale about a serial killer who terrorized the hills around the Tuscan capital for almost 20 years, from 1968 until 1985. While several men were tried…

Farewell to an Italian Historian

I was hoping that with my first post of the new year I would look forward. Instead, with the passing of Christopher Hibbert, I thought it would be worth it to look back. Until I read Hibbert’s obituary, I didn’t…

Italian Fashion Designers and Their Hotels

Fashion designers have known for a long time that it’s good to diversify. Not only have Italian fashion houses like Armani, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana ventured beyond clothing to include perfume, accessories, and restaurants among their branded items, they’ve…

Kid-Friendly Tours of Florence

Florence may feel like a fairy tale city for adults, but kids aren’t always impressed. That’s mostly because they’ve yet to study or appreciate the art, architecture, and history that have made the Tuscan town one of the world’s most favored…