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By Debra Thimmesch | 12/08/2019

Any well-informed Florentine of the mid-15th century would have recognized the distinctive profile of Il Magnifico —  Lorenzo the Magnificent de’ Medici (b. 1449 - d. 1492). His was not a handsome face but it was a memorable one.

By Debra Thimmesch | 05/08/2019

At midnight on May 14, 1504, Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture, David, representing the warrior king and vanquisher of the Philistine giant Goliath was removed from the workshop where it had been carved (an archway had to be demolished to release this colossus) and t…

By Debra Thimmesch | 26/07/2019

Shakespeare famously wrote in Hamlet about the spirits of the dead that inhabit Rome: “The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead did squeak and gibber in the Roman Streets.” 

By Adam Jones | 26/07/2019

Culinary history is full of twists and turns, a place where myth can become fact. The story of Italian gelato is no different, offering a fine line between history and legend. 

By Lina Branter | 26/07/2019

Whether you’re a history buff, an avid hiker or a beach aficionado, there’s no shortage of world-class experiences awaiting you on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. 

By Adam Jones | 26/07/2019

There’s something about fried food that can make it like a hearty warm embrace. Tuscan food is no different, especially one of the best snacks in Florence — coccoli, which translates as “cuddles” in Italian.

By Lina Branter | 12/07/2019

You’re finally going to cross Italy off your bucket list, but you’ve got limited vacation time. What are the most important things to do in Italy? Where do you even start?

By Debra Thimmesch | 12/07/2019

Rome boasts more than 2,000 fountains, some elaborate, some mostly utilitarian. It would be impossible to see them all on one visit to the city and doubtless few Romans could boast having viewed them all.

By Debra Thimmesch | 12/07/2019

The ancient Romans left their mark on the world in any number of ways. In particular, their skill as engineers gave us some truly remarkable bridges.

By Debra Thimmesch | 17/06/2019

You’ll notice when visiting Rome that the city proper is free of the massive cemeteries you see in other major cities such as Paris with its well-known and heavily-visited Père Lachaise, Montmartre, and Montparnasse Cemeteries.