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'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
Oyster

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.

White Night in Florence

Rick Steves | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

With my work, I rarely plan to be anywhere for a local festival. But when one hits, I make it a point to enjoy it. In Florence, the night before May D...

Florence Discoveries

Rick Steves | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I've noticed in Venice, Rome, and Florence that the traditional economy is being pushed out by the playground economy that comes with modern affluence. In old, historic city centers, as rents go up, longtime residents and families are pushed out.

Tripe in Florence's Central Market (Warning: Graphic Scenes and Bloody Private Parts)

Rick Steves | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of the great sights in Florence, along with all the must-see museums, is the Mercato Centrale. The Central Market is thriving with traditional market stalls and competitive little eateries. At this tripe shop, it was easy to see that locals eat just about every bit of the cow... and some bits unique to the bull, too.

Mor Loushy's Censored Voices: Why We're Winning Wars and Losing Peace

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Now onto the film itself. When I tell you that a film based on voice recordings and archival photography, interwoven with touching cinematic portraits of the soldiers today can indeed be a spellbinding masterpiece, believe me.

The Middle East Among Us: Artist Nasser Alzayani in Florence

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with the kind, thoughtful, wise-beyond-his-years artist inside the Odeon Cinema in Florence during Middle East Now, and it turned out to be a highlight of my festival. After the interview, do check out the slideshow of his work below.

Borders Undone: The Middle East Now Festival in Florence

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

One of the brightest, loudest, flashing neon-style sign that humanity can indeed get along is the upcoming Middle East Now festival in Florence, Italy. Yes, Florence, where that original coming out of the Middle Ages happened hundreds of years ago, is the city I believe could also be at the epicenter of a new cross-cultural Renaissance.

World's Best Culinary Hotels: Here Are the Tastiest Travel Adventures

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

Head to Barbados for an unbeatable combination of food and exploration with Colony Club hotel's Bait to Plate excursion. Travelers seeking an intimate and hands-on culinary experience can embark on the educational, complimentary fishing tour.

Writing Toward Fear -- Effacement -- in ONE THING STOLEN

Beth Kephart | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Beth Kephart

There is a girl who only just recently knew who she was, what she wanted, the dimensions of now. A girl who has a retro-minded best friend and a reputation for ingenious ideas about night snow, urban gardens, and the songs that rise up from Philadelphia streets.

Our Children Took Us to Italy...

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.07.2015 | Travel
Kathleen Peddicord

We allowed 17 days. As a friend remarked before we departed for this Euro-adventure in a rental car, our plan could have inspired the script for a Chevy Chase movie.

Tanya Habjouqa's 'Occupied Pleasures': Keeping Our Humanity

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I first discovered photographer Tanya Habjouqa in Florence, where her photo exhibit was showcased during the Middle East Now Film Festival.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: Tilda Swinton, the Best Trends and Marni

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.18.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Is fashion all about the way one looks or does it also allow for great insight, character and personality? I believe the latter, which is why I didn't think twice about writing a few "Pitti Uomo Diaries" as part of my ongoing cultural activism.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: I Could Wear That and Hood By Air

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.17.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

At Pitti Uomo in Florence, running through Friday, where designers are showing their Fall/Winter 2016 menswear collections, I've seen quite a lot I like. From perfumes, to hats, to pocket squares, there was even a ball gown on display, made out of men's foulards.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: It's Raining Men... and Tartans!

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.16.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Everywhere I look in Florence, it seems that no self-respecting fashionist-o is going out without some tartan. The colors aren't the traditional Scottish blues, greens or reds and some may even be tempted to call it tweed, but I insist it's a new kind of tartan.