Michelangelo’s David in Florence, Italy

Michelangelo’s David is considered by many as the greatest artwork ever made. Its creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), was pretty great too. Not only was he a sculptor, but also a painter (think, Sistine Chapel), architect (dome of St Peter’s Basilica), and even penned a few poems in his time. Nearly a century prior to the […]

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Fun times in Venice, Italy: Carnevale di Venezia

Carnevale di Venezia is one of Venice, Italy’s most spectacular events. Now held annually, the tradition of the Carnival of Venice dates back to 1162, when the Venice locals held massive celebrations after a victory in battle. In the Renaissance times, the anniversary of this military success grew into the Carnevale di Venezia. Today, Carnevale […]

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Tuscany, Italy: Snow White

Taking a drive in the Pistoia province in Tuscany, on the way to the small town of Abetone. Less than 700 people call Abetone home, although they have a lot more company during the winter when many skiers flock to the area to take advantage of the snowy slopes. The history of Abetone dates back […]

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Artisans: tips for traditional items in Italy

Best shopping in Italy

Travelling to Italy and planning to do some shopping? Looking for something special and traditional? You may want to turn your eye to the Italian artisans, or “artigiani”. The tradition of handmade in Italy stretches back a long way throughout history, and thankfully holds strong to this day. Throughout time, artisans have been admired as […]

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