Author: Donna Scharnagl

Festa dei Musei & Free Entrance to Museums

June 29, 2016

Special opening hours and entrance fees for the museums in Florence and Tuscany in honor of the Festa dei Musei on the 2nd & 3rd of July. A combination of the celebrated 1st weekend of the month (free entrance on Sunday July 3) and the first ever Festa dei Musei (with extended hours on Saturday…

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Summer Solstice in Florence

June 16, 2016

The summer equinox happens on the 20th of June at precisely 10:34 pm (in Florence) and officially signals the beginning of shorter days…though most of us prefer to look at it as the beginning of summer and all that it entails: evenings out under the stars, days lazing poolside or splashing at the beach and…

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A new bridge spans the Arno River: The Bridge of Love

June 10, 2016

The Arno River has been making headlines and it’s about to do it again  with the floating “Bridge of Love,” a conceptional installation by Architect Claudio Nardi. An extraordinary event for Florence.  It is here in the home of the Renaissance that fashion, art and design meld together from the 13 – 17 of June for hope and…

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New Etruscan Discoveries in Tuscany

April 15, 2016

An exciting moment in Tuscany, as new discoveries converge with ongoing exhibitions exploring the written word of the ancient population of Etruscans. These people who lived, prayed and ruled 7 centuries before Christ were years ahead of others in metal crafting, equal rights and culture. Huge Etruscan News These ancient markings, not finding roots in…

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When the World Answered

October 20, 2015

World Premier Showing in Florence A must see for those visiting Florence on Tuesday the 20th of October, a short film documentary in the historic Palazzo dello Strozzino located close to Piazza Republica.  A one time showing at 6:30 pm of a 30 minute film that documents the historic flood of 1966 which covered the city of art in…

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Verso: Moving Towards Contemporary Art in Siena

October 9, 2015

Siena is dedicating the month of October to the contemporary expression of art, music and dance with a long list of international participants who will invade the urban spaces of Siena and fill them with interpretations of their vision for a movement towards the future. It is an immense challenge to transform a stage like…

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The Question: What’s Prato Italy?

September 30, 2015

With the normal cynical approach one develops towards government run programs (free ones at that!), this is not the type of tour that I would have normally ventured upon. However, my friends and family will confirm, I am an eternal optimist. So I ventured forth. “That’s Prato” has earned its place as a well run,…

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Theater in Florence: The History of Florence in 60 Minutes

September 25, 2015

Silly, surprising and entertaining best sums up this rendition of 60 minutes of history. Not that you could even seriously begin to tell the story of Florence in one hour. And yet. The History of Florence in 60 Minutes has created a memorable comedy / musical / sometime serious play, giving the more important highlights…

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The Chianti Classico Expo Wine Tasting

September 12, 2015

Now is the time to grab a glass and stroll the Chianti Classico stands in the main square of Greve in Chianti where you can enjoy a bit of local color, bilingual wine presentations and 7 wine tastings for the cost of only 10 Euro. This year hosting over 60 select Chianti producers, the Chianti Classico Expo 2015 is…

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Fun in Lucca includes Wine Tasting

September 8, 2015

Nothing like a bit of necessity to help you discover a new surprise in Tuscany! A dear friend from high school drops in with his (entire) family…and where am I going to take them? His brother-in-law wants Pisa, his parents prefer not to walk too much, his sister loves small towns, his nephew is curious…

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