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Florence: An Itinerary for a Timeless City

Heather Keleher | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Heather Keleher

Florence: hub of the arts, birthplace of the Renaissance, popular tourist destination, and heart of Tuscany. She is a city of history, with seemingly endless surprises to be discovered within her mazes of streets. Here are some must see sites for any visitor's itinerary!

Adidas, Art Comes First & Federico Curradi Highlight Pitti Uomo 89

Sissi Johnson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Style
Sissi Johnson

How does a fashion brand stand out in the current oversaturated marketplace ? It goes above and beyond the norm. This season at Pitti Uomo 89 editi...

Off-Camera: The Sartorialist Unveils First Collection

Sissi Johnson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Style
Sissi Johnson

Guido Biondi, Creative Director, Roy Roger's (left) & The Sartorialist (right) - ©Roy Roger's Acclaimed street style photographer Scott Schuman als...

The Pitti Uomo Diaries A/W 2016-17: 'Generation Africa' Tackles the Refugee Crisis with Fashion

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.18.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Backstage at the 'Generation Africa' show, photo by Trevor Stuurman I'll admit that the fashion show I most look forward to at every edition of Pitt...

The Pitti Uomo Diaries A/W 2016-17: Tearing Down the Wall with Marco de Vincenzo

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.15.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

There is usually one key personality, an artist that strikes that extra chord of creativity, brilliance and beauty for me at an event.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries A/W 2016-17: The Woolmark Prize and Federico Curradi Feeds the Right Wolf

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.14.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

When a fashion designer includes a dried petal in his invitation and quotes a Cherokee proverb about man's struggle between good and evil, he's got me at "Hello".

The Pitti Uomo Diaries A/W 2016-17: Losing a Fashion Icon, but Fighting Fear with Style

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.14.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Just as this season's Pitti Uomo was about to kick off, we lost the Thin White Duke, that incredible and legendary fashion icon that is David Bowie.

Fiat 500 Abarth Hatchback Straight Into the Italian Vino Countryside

Rita Cook | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Rita Cook

There are over 300 acres of vineyard planted at Castello di Gabbiano mainly of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Canaiolo persuasion. Even better, guests to the vineyard can stay at the castle overnight drinking the wine, touring the property and lounging the day away.

Palm Trees and Leopard Spots -- Italy's Affair With the Exotic

Nirja Raju | Posted 12.07.2015 | Style
Nirja Raju

Italy's flora and fauna reveals stories of conquests and exotic animal hunts that continue to inspire fashion, design and art.

Retracing Le Corbusier's Travels

J. Michael Welton | Posted 12.04.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

To express the importance of drawing by hand, architect Jake Brillhart followed in Le Corbusier's footsteps. Literally.

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
Oyster

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.