A Mysterious, Esoteric Fairy Tale

The origin, interpretations, and secret meanings of Pinocchio  By Jessica Herbst If you have watched the classic Disney film “Pinocchio,” you likely think of it as a children’s story that warns against the consequences of lying. The animated movie portrays a lifelike puppet who learns the importance of truthfulness and bravery. The puppet’s trademark feature …

Ferragosto: Italy’s (Most Loved) Summer Festivity

By Jessica Herbst It’s August 15 and Italians are closing their shops and flocking to the beaches in waves. City streets are nearly empty. Some people are departing for their much-anticipated vacations, while others are arriving back home. This national holiday is a time of rest, relaxation and revelry at the height of Italy’s vacation …

Wine Tasting and Painting Session

A Glass of Art combines a painting session with tuscan wine tasting. Art and food lovers will be served in a characteristic 12th century well, turned into an ideal painting studio for the occasion. Lukas, an artist and art instructor at Studio d’Arte Toscanella, will guide you through the process of creating your own artwork …

A ‘Port’ for Jazz and Traditional Italian Music

As with any port, Porto di Mare-Eskimo is synonymous with exchange, correspondence, and coming and going. This year the club has an important novelty: courses of typical Italian dance Tarantella, which will be taking place on Friday night. Porto di Mare’s focus on live music and cultural exchange is one that the man who started …

A World in Dance Danza in Fiera at the Fortezza da Basso from Feb. 23-26

Later this February, Florence is celebrating dance with one of the biggest events in Europe dedicated to the form of art, Danza in Fiera, which will be returning for its sixth edition at the Fortezza da Basso from Feb. 23-26. Professionals, dancers, studios, groups and companies will gather from all over the world offering stages, …

Teaching English to Children

Headed by Deborah Chellini, StoryTime is a workshop at the Museum of San Casciano Val di Pesa, in the Chianti region of Tuscany, that intends to teach children ages 4-14 how to speak, read and write English through an in- teractive experience. Focusing on the power of storytelling, the learning experience is developed through hands-on …

Celebrate Europe with Music

The European University Institute is joining an initiative of Italy’s Presidency of the Council of Ministers to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome with a series of cultural, academic and sporting events through 2017. Signed on March 25, 1957, the Treaties of Rome established the European Economic Community and the European Atomic …