Understanding the Roots of Italian Fashion

Understanding the Roots of Italian Fashion by: Costanza Menchi   As the sophisticated Italian writer Gianna Manzini noted early in the 1930s, the renowned Bronzino’s portrait of Eleanora di Toledo with her son Don Garzia acts as if it were “a program, a prophecy,” a document of an epoch. It was in the Renaissance we …

Franciscan Art in Asia

Franciscan Art: Masterpieces of Italian art and Asian lands from the 13th to the 15th centuries St Francis Offering the Sultan Ordeal by Fire   Exhibit Runs Until Oct. 11 Last few days to attend the exhibit presented by the Accademia Gallery and the Order of Friars Minor Franciscan Art: Masterpieces of Italian art and …

Space Presents Caramello

By Mackenzie Broderick Just in time for a new batch of study-abroad students, Space is hosting Caramello, the “sweet university night” — as the organizers define it — of every Wednesday for Italian, European and American students.   Caramello presents themed nights and, often, also fashion shows. Entry before 12:30 a.m. is only one euro. …

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 …

La Buchetta

Located in the upper part of Via de’ Benci near Ponte alle Grazie, wine bar and restaurant La Buchetta derives its name from a longstanding local tradition of wine tabernacles, which in Florentine dialect were called “buchette.”   Too small for people, too low to be used as windows, and with a consistent architectural style: …

In Memory of a Florentine Icon

      August 7 marks the 55th anniversary of the death of Florence’s world-famous fashion icon, Salvatore Ferragamo. Born into an impoverished family in 1898, Ferragamo created his first pair of shoes at the tender age of nine. He later became an apprentice to a local cobbler in his home town of Bonito in …

The Customer is Always Wrong?

    Christie Ann Barakat   When in Florence or, more generally, in Italy, ignore any faint echoes of the American mantra, “the customer is always right.” Fail to and you’ll find yourself disgruntled by what most Americans would consider obvious breaches of sales etiquette. If you implore, “But what about customer service?” expect a …

The Fortunes of the Primitives

Accademia celebrates art treasures from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries   The exhibition The Fortunes of the Primitives at the Accademia Gallery analyzes the history of taste and collecting in Italy between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and the impact this has had on the formation of major public collections. Curated by Angelo …