Volterra Wall “Possibly from Roman Amphitheater”

An 80-meter-long elliptical-shaped wall discovered in the Tuscan city of Volterra could have originally been part of a Roman amphitheater, Tuscany Governor Enrico Rossi said last month together with Volterra Mayor Marco Buselli and Tuscany’s Archaeological Heritage Superintendent Andrea Pessina. They also said that the discovery, which occurred during the excavations near the city’s Diana’s …

Pope Arriving

by Marine Le Canne Pope Francis will be coming to Florence on Nov. 10. The Pope will remain in the city for three days as Florence will be the venue of the Italian Church Forum — organized by the CEI — and the Italian Bishops’ Conference — hosted by the Archdiocese at the Fortezza da …

FS Introduce Trains to Papal Villas

Tourists that visit the Vatican will now be able to take a train to locations formerly closed to the public, thanks to an agreement between the Vatican Museums and Italy’s state railway carrier. This will include the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and papal villas outside of Rome. The train service will take visitors from the historic …

Bar Owner Proposes Tourist Fee for Venice

The owner of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, Arrigo Cipriani, proposed last month that tourists pay to visit the city in order to help combat damage caused by overcrowding and littering. Cipriani made his proposal to the local newspaper La Nuova di Venezia, saying that the payment system should be located on  Freedom Bridge, …

Mona Lisa’s Remains “Very Likely” Found

The technology to determine if the DNA of the human remains recently found in a Florence convent are those of Leonardo’s model for the famous Mona Lisa’s painting still does not exist, experts said last month. The statement came after the release of the results of carbon-14 tests on one of three batches of bones …

Siena Duomo Reveals its Famous Floor a Month Early

Siena Duomo’s intricate marble floor is being unveiled to the public an unprecedented month earlier than usual this year as part of Milan Expo festivities. Although usually covered to protect it from the cathedral’s hordes of visitors and revealed each year on August 18 after the Palio and until the end of October, 2015 sees …

Ponte Santa Trinita: Olivia Turchi

by Marine Le Canne Renowned for its artisan workshops, the Oltrarno has been known for its industrial production since the medieval era. In fact, the characterization of these workshops along specific streets is still evident today. However, with the transfer of the ducal Medici residence to Palazzo Pitti in the mid-sixteenth century, the neighborhood became …

A ‘Taste’ of Expo in Florence

The impact of Milan Expo is being felt in Florence, as the city serves up a platter of exhibitions and events related to the Expo’s theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.’ The events have already been going on for several months, but October is the last month to enjoy the festivities. They are …

Mirabilé Vocal Ensembles Comes to Florence

The Mirabilé vocal ensemble is coming for a free concert to Florence in July.. The show will be held in the  San Bartolomeo a Monte Oliveto church located in Via Domenico Burchiello, 67, near Tasso square. Established by the late Joy Nicol, Mirabilé Vocal Ensemble singers from the Nottinghamshire area. Though the members have diverse …