Simplicity and Luxury

Discover the Basic Renaissance Food Migle Vaisnoraite   “If you ask them [Italians cooks] ‘I would like to put this type of cheese with this type of bread’. They will go ‘no, no, no, that does not go’…There is a lot of pride that goes behind the food,” says Monika Duque, a professor of history …

All Foods Fiorentina Basket

Discover the Florence Basketball Team   Marco Bracci   Coached by former Italian National team player Andrea Niccolai, All Food Fiorentina Basket, is an explosive mix of experienced players, rookies,  and participates of the Italian third national league. The team’s goal is to access play-off games and compete with the toughest Italian teams in order …

Half Marathon Returns April 15

Grace Kucera   The 35 international Half Marathon Vivicitta will take place on Sunday, April 15. With participants ranging from running enthusiasts to families with children and runners from all over the world, the Half Marathon has become one of the most important sporting events in Florence.   Runners can choose between a half marathon, …

Europe Votes to End Visa-Free Travel for Americans

The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU last December. The vote, which urged the revocation of the scheme within two months, means that  Americans will have to apply for extra documents for 12 months after the European Commission implements a “delegated act” to bring the change into effect. …

Pope Coming

After his visit to Florence and Prato in November 2015, Pope Francis returns to Tuscany for a day-visit this upcoming May.   First the Pope will visit Nomadelfia, a village in the southern province of Grosseto, and then Loppiano, a small town near Figline Valdarno, about half-an-hour drive from Florence.   Rodolfo Cetoloni, bishop of …

Homes On Sale…for €1

Sarah Litchman   To solve the problem of the abandonment of Italian villages, some Italian towns have decided to place on the market houses in shambles for 1 euro.   The first council to announce the decision was Salemi, a small town in the Sicilian province of Trapani hit by an earthquake in 1968. In …

Culture, but not Cultural Workers

Sarah Litchman   According to a research committed by the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat last month, Italy earns the spot of 19 out of 28 countries for the percentage of people engaged in the cultural sector: quite a paradox for country that has the greatest cultural heritage in the world.   During …

Pitti Taste Returns March 10-12

Grace Kucera   Pitti Taste, the fair dedicated to the excellence of Italian taste and food lifestyles, is returning March 10-12 at the Stazione Leopolda. Presented by Pitti Immagine, Taste showcases products from more than 340 leading Italian companies in the international food world.   The fair is a journey around the planet of food …

Father’s Day, and Food

Grace Kucera   On March 19, Italians celebrate Festa del Babbo, or Father’s Day, in honor of St. Joseph, Jesus’ mortal father, symbol of compassion and kindness in Catholic tradition.   It was during the Middle Ages that this tradition began when Sicilians prayed to St. Joseph to bring rains to save their fields from …