The Importance of Internship Programs

Internship programs help students understand the industry and hone the relevant skills, making them market-ready and more employable Since the global recession of 2009, the economy of the European Union has not recovered fully. The unemployment rates have generally stayed high. According to Eurostat, the unemployment rate in the Euro Area for October 2017 stood …

Six Tips to Jog in Florence

Thomas Riccioti Jogging in a crowded city with hardly any sufficient sidewalk space can be frustrating and dan- gerous. Luckily, Florence offers scenic routes where jogging is safe and enjoyable. Walking in the city center in the morning or evening, you are likely to encounter individuals in their sportswear, especially in parks and along the …

The Dark Side of Venice

Lee Foust Even the most casual tourist senses, beneath the romantic lapping of the waves against the bridges and landings along its canals, that there’s something death- ly about Venice. Is it because most mythologies locate the land of the dead across a body of water? Or maybe because Venice’s narrow, ill-lit passages are so …

Three Florentine Love Stories

Thomas Ricciotti 1) One of the most scandalous and debated illicit love affairs that oc- curred in Florence was that be- tween the Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici and Bianca Cappello during the sixteenth century. Let’s see what happens when a rich, powerful, married man falls for a poor, beautiful girl married to an- …

Learning Love from Dante

  Thomas Ricciotti Dante was just 9-years-old when he first glimpsed Beatrice. The historic fact, crucial to Dante’s personal and artistic life, happened at a May Day party at Beatrice’s father’s house. Dante fell in love instantly, al- though on that occasion he did not speak to Beatrice. “From that timeforward, love fully governed my …