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The Restoration of Palazzo Venezia's Hercules Room

The Restoration of Palazzo Venezia's Hercules Room

As reported by Italian Press Agency, ANSA, the Hercules Room of 15th-century Palazzo Venezia in Rome is now under restoration and will be open to the...
Doge's Palace in Genoa Offers Special Tickets for Shows

Doge's Palace in Genoa Offers Special Tickets for Shows

The Doge's Palace in Genoa is offering an exhibition deals for five shows over the summer for $17 from July 21-Sept 11: during this time, it will be...
Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia, 1399 - 1482. Credit: Chronicle/Alamy

An Unsung Genius of 15th Century Florence: Luca della Robbia

As unbelievable as it may seem, one can get used to Beauty. Try to live in a city like Florence for a bunch of years and you may end up taking even...
Ponte Vecchio on sunset, old bridge, medieval landmark on Arno river. Florence, Tuscany, Italy.— Photo by StevanZZ

Ponte Vecchio : Florence Oldest Bridge

There’s been a bridge at the site of Florence’s legendary Ponte Vecchio since the days of the ancient Romans. Today it’s a focus for Florence’s...
Geometric Mosaics of Ancient Rome

Geometric Mosaics of Ancient Rome

One of my Italian passions is the study of the ancient Romans. I especially love the artwork, like the excavated wall frescoes in Pompeii and Ostia,...
Today, hand made gelato, known as "gelato artigianale," is a gem of Italian tradition, with specific rules to be followed when making it. Credit: Copyright Julia della Croce/Forktales 2016

The Long History of Gelato

Always a favorite during the Summer, gelato has come a long way since its beginning in the – or so historians think – exotic lands of the Chinese...
Hall of Emperors at Capitoline Museums Back To Its Beauty

Hall of Emperors at Capitoline Museums Back To Its Beauty

The famous Hall of the Emperors at the Capitoline Museums in Rome has been restored to its original beauty. The hall is home to the busts of 67...
Meet the prehistorical prince of Finalborgo

Meet the prehistorical prince of Finalborgo

The archaeological museum of Finalborgo collects the prehistoric finds of all this part of Liguria, the area of Savona. The most significant find is...
Playing jazz music from the Main Stage in Perugia

Umbria and Jazz. Who Knew?

When I was in Umbria I stopped off at a small family-run winery just outside of Spello. Enrico, the nephew of the owner (the only one who spoke...
Villa Giulia's Nymphaeum Has Been Restored By Some Mysterious Donors

Villa Giulia's Nymphaeum Has Been Restored By Some Mysterious Donors

A group of mysterious benefactors have helped the restoration of a part of the 16th-century Villa Giulia that formerly attracted the likes of Giorgio...
Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli (Palazzo Vecchio - Florence)

Niccolò Machiavelli: More Than a Political Wizard

Admittedly, the times of Machiavelli were very different from today’s, and his own take on how to lead successfully a country would be now considered...
50 Trivia Facts About Italy (Part 1)

50 Trivia Facts About Italy (Part one)

The Tuscan Muse will take us on a journey among the most interestings facts of Italy. Fitfy things which will follow in three parts. Trivia is always...
Umbria Jazz Festival 2016 – Report from Perugia

Umbria Jazz Festival 2016 – Report from Perugia

There was a lull in the city of Perugia during the week leading up to the Umbria Jazz 2016 festival before the jazz fans arrive and fill the city to...
Italian Museums Visitors Up By One Million in 2016

Italian Museums Visitors Up By One Million in 2016

According to Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, the number of visitor to Italian state museums in the first four months of 2016 went up by about...
Blue jeans made their way back to Europe during the Second World War, when American soldiers would wear them while not in service

Blue Jeans: The American Symbol with Italian Roots

The drive in, a milkshake, James Dean wearing his jeans: is there anything more quintessentially “americana” than this? As pleasant as it may be, we...