Art, Travel & Life in Italy & Europe


Paul Fryer at Gucci Museum

It’s not every day that I find myself in a darkened room with someone who counts Damien Hirst amongst his

What do to on Easter in Florence with children

If you are spending Easter weekend in Florence as a family with kids, Laura (our kids’ columnist) suggests the following

Itinerary: Art and Money in Renaissance Florence

Although the exhibit “Money and Beauty” at Palazzo Strozzi has ended, the city itself offers opportunities to reflect upon the

Palazzo Davanzati for Italian kids

The Italian youth magazine Focus Junior and the MIBAC (ministry for the arts) have come up with an interesting collaboration

2011 in review: the arts in Florence

I feel like my first “major” article of the year on this blog should be arts related, and know that

Three concept stores in Florence

A man stopped me on the street today to ask me, in Italian, if we had a piece of clothing

Florence for Children: January 2012 events

It’s freezing, kids (and adults) have the flu and it’s a real pity as there are so many things to

Florence for Children: December 2011 and holiday events

Here’s the second post from ArtTrav’s colomnist who will be contributing seasonal articles about what to do in Florence with

Florence for children: November and December events

Meet ArtTrav’s new colomnist, who will be contributing seasonal articles about what to do in Florence with children. Laura, mother

A better sweater at BP Studio outlet

*update 2015: Such a shame, BP Studio went out of business. I guess making good quality stuff these days doesn’t

Street art in Florence: non-exhibit by Spam

It’s not easy to do street art in Florence. And there’s not a lot of it. Keep your eyes open

Palazzo Strozzi: for the love of God, money, and democracy

You’d have to have been dropped on the head when young to not notice the fortuitous timeliness of this Fall’s exhibits at Palazzo Strozzi – upstairs “Money and Beauty: Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities” and downstairs “Declining Democracy”. Both exhibits are equally contemporary, and they will make you reflect upon our current, collective situation whether you’re an Italian resident or a visitor from abroad.

Where to get free wifi in Florence

Florence’s wifi hotspot network is in continuous expansion but the great news is: as of September 2013, thanks to a

Umbria Slow iPhone app review

The Umbria Slow: Food, Culture, & Travel iPhone app makes me want to visit Umbria, often billed – as the

Events in Florence in September 2011

A short list of what’s on in September 2011 here in Florence. EVENTS Sept 6-11, Emergency, incontro nazionale. Talks every