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Naomi Berrill's From the Ground: Music to Soothe Our Collective Soul

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

In times of violence and grief, we are too consumed with patching up the holes left on our hearts to remember to keep our eyes to the stars. But that's when someone like singer and cellist Naomi Berrill comes in to save the day.

Scents and Sensibilities: A Few Highlights From Pitti Fragranze

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.27.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

The model turned perfumer Annick Goutal, a legend of the scent world, once wrote "perfume is the music of my dream." Perhaps there is no other art that brings us back to a place and time quite like the olfactory art and yet perfume isn't limited to memories alone.

Ten Ways to Beat the Crowds in Florence

Sharon Hoge | Posted 10.19.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Wall to wall people is no exaggeration. With one of the world's highest concentrations of art treasures per square foot, Florence is a must stop for tourists

Designing Dreams: A Talk With Alessandro Colombo of the Istituto Europeo del Design in Florence, Italy

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Italy is a country of contradictions. But then, everything and everyone who is even remotely interesting to me is a mix of old and new, good and bad, mild and passionate -- with every nuance of feelings and experiences in between.

The Perfume Affair: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Badboy Luca Calvani Wants You to Smell Great

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.21.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Luca Calvani photographed by Vanni Bassetti, courtesy of Pitti Immagine What if you could find, neatly packaged in a bottle, the secret to a happy l...

12 European Mansion Hotels That Are Postcard-Perfect

Oyster | Posted 09.16.2015 | Travel

A stay in a historic mansion-turned-hotel sounds particularly cozy. And sorry North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia (Antarctica, you were never in the running), but nowhere does a stunning estate better than Europe.

Scent of a Man: Three Life-Changing Discoveries at Pitti Fragranze

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.14.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

I think hidden within the soul of this cultural blogger, inside the heart of a devoted cinema writer, there has been a fragrance lover hiding all along.

Reflecting on 100 Days in Europe: Travel Memories Make You Richer

Rick Steves | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Finally home now after a hundred days in Europe, something occurred to me. I posted 100 blog entries in 100 days on my Facebook page. These generated about a hundred comments a day...and I read all 10,000. It's fun to be in touch with my readers, and to able to share experiences like these in almost real time.

Gdansk, Poland: History in One Painting

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Gdansk, Poland is a city that many know as the place where shipyard worker Lech Walesa led the strikes and established the Solidarity Union that led to the end of Soviet control of the region.

Home Sweet Home Run!

Rick Steves | Posted 09.02.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I also enjoyed researching and updating our guidebooks (in Greece, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, South France, and South England), which helped me scout new TV episodes (for Tuscany and South England) and refine our newest Rick Steves Europe Tours Villages of South England itinerary.

Tom Shoval Talks About Youth: To Be or Not to Be Young, and Israeli

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I crave, in no particular order, respect for the audience, respect for the story and its characters and respect for women. It boils down to the basic definition of the principle of this grand word "respect," which is "due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights or traditions of others."

7 Surprising Secrets About the Real Mona Lisa

Dianne Hales | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Dianne Hales

Mystery may always swirl around this most famous of paintings and its subject, but one thing remains certain: Five centuries after a genius immortalized her, the world cannot stop looking at the Renaissance woman whom everyone recognizes -- and whose secrets we are just getting to know.

Volunteers Join Emergency Personnel To Repair Florence After Devastating Storm

HuffPost Italy | Lisa Di Giuseppe | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact

A vicious storm burst through the city of Florence, Italy, on Saturday evening, flooding home basements and felling hundreds of trees. The after...

'Not Charity, Just Work': An Interview with the Ethical Fashion Initiative's Simone Cipriani

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.22.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

The most impressive show at this June's Pitti Uomo collections in Florence was a presentation titled "Constellation Africa". Parading down the runway were some of the best menswear looks I've seen in a long time.

8 Of The World's Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 07.15.2015 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

This summer, get a dose of nature at these eight beautiful hotels that are flourishing with stunning florals and lush gardens. Whether isolated on rolling hills or set on acres of organic produce gardens, these luxe resorts are all about coming up roses during our precious summer vacations.

Brunelleschi and a Leap of Faith

Lisa Condie | Posted 07.09.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

It is the essence of the human experience to push the boundaries of what is, and believe that there is something else, sight unseen, that could be. It happens every day. Falling in love, choosing to have a child, buying a home or moving to a foreign country, it's all a leap of faith.

If You Could Go Anywhere: 10 Bucket-List Travel Destinations

Leon Logothetis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Travel
Leon Logothetis

A change of location can feed both body and mind. There is so much to see and do around the globe. The only question becomes where to begin.

Dubai Is the Florence of the 21st Century

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Perhaps the most significant similarity between the Florence of yesterday and present-day Dubai is their surroundings. Just like Florence was home to the Renaissance when darkness dominated Europe, Dubai is a beacon of hope and enlightenment when we look at what is happening in neighboring Arab and Muslim countries.

On Idleness, or How to Have your Coffee

Yara Zgheib | Posted 06.19.2015 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

There are two broad philosophies on how to have one's coffee, and two broad philosophies on how to live one's life. Both questions are inextricably linked.

Pitti Uomo Day 3: Moschino by Jeremy Scott, Katy Perry and Africa in the Mecca of Menswear

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.19.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

As the first outfit from Ivory Coast's Dent de Man came out, I felt goosebumps, wowed by its beauty and style. Wax fabrics have always been a part of my life, as long as I can remember I wore them wrapped around my waist in the summer, at the beach, or had jackets made on a 125th Street in Harlem by the Senegalese tailors there.

Pitti Uomo Day 2: Reinventing Pucci, Garden Parties and the Luxury of Things

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.18.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

It's second only to sitting through an engrossing film, because those bright lights, that loud music and all those beautiful people dressed in the latest trends make the atmosphere infectious.

Pitti Uomo Day 1: Fashion Tribes, Nino Cerruti and the Pleasure of Things

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.17.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

There is of course lots of content to keep me happy, like "Il Signor Nino", an exhibit dedicated to master fashionista Nino Cerruti as well as increasingly growing numbers to keep the exhibitors in Florence happy.

A Glimpse of Italy

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

Italy is a wonderful place for photography. I started in Rome and traveled up to Venice. All these photographs were taken with a Pentax 645Z medium ...

The 5 Most Popular International Destinations Among American Travelers in 2015

Oyster | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel

Due to hectic work schedules and tight budgets, Americans are traveling less this year than they have in the past forty. But they're certainly still traveling, and this summer, many are jetting off to international locales.

Eating in Florence

Rick Steves | Posted 05.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Of course, after cooking our meal, we got to eat it. And, I swear, the food was as good as anything you might expect in a fine restaurant. Plus, knowing that we had made the bruschetta, pasta, sauce, chicken, and even the tiramisu ourselves, made it taste even better.