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Prada Opens Gallery Space in Milan
Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by The Prada Foundation opened a new photography gallery space in December, the Osservatorio, on the uppermost fifth and sixth floors of one of Milan’s most famous landmarks, the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The first and current exhibit, Give Me Yesterday, which runs through March 12, explores 21st-century photography as a diary and documentary medium and co...
Is Florence’s David In Danger?
Published on Sunday, January 15, 2017 by Following several powerful earthquakes in 2016, Italian art experts and scientists are concerning themselves with how to protect Florence’s treasured artwork, particularly Michelangelo’s David. While scientists, engineers, and art historians have studied David’s vulnerability for years, the issue is coming back into focus due to growing fears that it and other i...
A Little-Known Tuscany Museum to Visit
Published on Sunday, July 10, 2016 by Known for its huge collection of antiques,  Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi in Arezzo has begun hosting special events over the past year as well, drawing more visitors to the oft-overlooked museum. Ivan Bruschi was a prominent antiques collector in the 1960s who founded the Arezzo Antique Fair in 1968 (which still runs on the first Sunday of the month and the Saturday befor...
Karl Lagerfeld Retrospective Opens in Florence
Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by As part of a three-year initiative to promote the culture of contemporary fashion, Florence’s Pitti Palace will feature a collection of more than 200 photos shot by German fashion designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld. Called Visions of Fashion, the exhibit is an anthology of Lagerfeld’s work, including a self-portrait, unpublished works, photos published in fa...
Italy’s Best-Kept Secret: The National Gallery of Umbria
Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Tuscany-based start-up Travel Appeal conducted a 2015 survey and analysis of 20 of Italy’s largest national museums—and number one museum in the country may surprise you. Using a complex algorithm that monitored visitor comments on sites including Facebook and TripAdvisor, Travel Appeal found that the museum with the highest number of positive comments was the Na...
Florence’s Vasari Corridor May Open to Public
Published on Friday, March 18, 2016 by Florence’s famous Vasari Corridor, which connects the Palazzo Pitti to the Palazzo Vecchio, is currently only accessible through private tours. However, that may change, says the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt, who hopes to open the corridor to the public. “My aim is to eliminate privileges and offer the possibility, not the obligation, of passing through...
New Museum at Florence’s Misericordia
Published on Monday, February 15, 2016 by The museum at Florence’s Misericordia – which originally opened in 2005 – reopened after two years of renovation. The new museum chronicles nearly 800 years of the charitable institution’s history with 14 rooms of art, everyday items, furniture and manuscripts. Among prominent paintings on display are St. Jerome the Penitent by Pietro Annigoni, St. John the Ba...
Get in Free: New Rules at State Museums in Italy
Published on Monday, June 23, 2014 by   As of July 1st, new rules will apply to visits of Italy's state museums, such as the Uffizi in Florence. One significant change is that on the every first Sunday of the month state museums will be free for everyone as part of the initiative “Sunday at the Museum.“ While this is fantastic news in making museums accessible to all, expect the museums ...
Florence’s Hidden Art Collection Open For Limited Time
Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by If you're visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence between now and April 29th, you have an exciting opportunity to see one of Florence's hidden art collections. Visit Tuscany reports that the Contini Bonacossi Collection, usually closed to the public, will be available for guided tours (though only in Italian) to anyone who purchases a ticket to the Uffizi. The col...
Vatican Opens Ancient Necropolis to Public
Published on Monday, February 3, 2014 by Today the Vatican opened the Roman Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis to the public for the first time. The ancient burial ground dates back to the first century B.C. when it was the place of final rest for local Romans. The 10,000-square-foot site was originally uncovered during the 1950s during construction of a new parking garage underneath the Vatican. ...