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Beautiful Gardens The World Over

Black Tomato | Posted 12.18.2011 | Travel
Black Tomato

Let us take you on a tour of some of the most magnificent gardens from around the globe. There's no window boxes here, just acres and acres of the grassy stuff.

7 Things the Amanda Knox Case Taught Us About Studying Abroad

Perry Binder | Posted 12.09.2011 | College
Perry Binder

As I prepare to teach in Italy next summer, here's a short list of items that students should know before leaving the States to their study abroad country.

The House's New Home: Gucci Museum Opens In Florence

ARTINFO | Posted 11.27.2011 | Arts

In 1921, Guccio Gucci opened a small leather goods shop in Florence with the intention of bringing to Italy the luxury aesthetic he witnessed while wo...

Dining Hall DIY: Bruschetta

Small Kitchen College | Posted 11.27.2011 | College
Small Kitchen College

2011-09-27-Screenshot20110927at3.01.19PM.jpg While making the trip to Italy may not be presently in the cards, bringing Italy to you couldn't be easier.

Docking At The Florentine Port Of Livorno

Rick Steves | Posted 11.26.2011 | Travel
Rick Steves

While Italy's ports are generally panned as boringly industrial, I found each to be colorful in a gritty way, emblematic of a long maritime history and a legitimate urban representative of its respective region -- minus the famous sights.

WATCH: Incredible 3D Drawing Machine

Posted 11.14.2011 | Arts

As twin artists, Ryan and Trevor Oakes are familiar with taking a singular experience and realizing it can be split it in two. Their lives have always...

Summertime Book Blues

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I used to put books aside especially for the summer, knowing I'd have more time and feel more relaxed, less stressed, more open to the long loving voyage with an accomplished author at the helm.

Michele Bachmann Blames The Renaissance | Posted 10.10.2011 | Arts

Tea party queen and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is convinced that America is sinking into tyranny. Why? In a remarkable profile...

Michelangelo's David Called Offensive In Britain

Posted 08.28.2011 | Weird News

What passes for art in Italy is too risque for residents of Stamford, England. Neighbors complained that a remake of Michaelangelo's "David" was in...

Florence Wants 'Mona Lisa' To Return

AP | Posted 08.24.2011 | Arts

FLORENCE, Italy -- Florence officials are launching a campaign to bring the "Mona Lisa" back for a visit. Leonardo da Vinci brought the painting of a...

Zombie Warning Hits Kentucky

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP / Huffington Post) -- The zombie menace has once again found its way onto a highway sign. After pranksters switched the message o...

Snooki In Custody After Cop Car Crash

TMZ | TMZ Staff | Posted 07.30.2011 | Entertainment

Snooki was taken into custody in Florence, Italy on Monday after crashing into a police car ... TMZ has learned. ...

Florence: Art On and Off the Beaten Path

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 07.22.2011 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

In a city overflowing with art and history, there are always under-appreciated works to be seen and enjoyed. Having visited this Mecca for art-lovers several times in the past, I returned for another look.

Brunelleschi's Dome

Jane Chafin | Posted 07.11.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

It was considered the greatest architectural puzzle of its age. Many said it couldn't be done. The dome for Santa Maria del Fiore, the new cathedral in Florence, would not only be the widest dome ever built, it would also be the highest.

Gilli Cafe: A Florence Institution?

Stephanie J. Stiavetti | Posted 06.05.2011 | Travel
Stephanie J. Stiavetti

Opened by the Gilli family in 1733, the cafe had moved around the city square a few times before it settled in its current location in Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by small, chichi restaurants and leather vendors.

A Weekend in Florence

Anthony Lassman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Travel
Anthony Lassman

As opposed to Rome, the first weekend of April is not traditionally sunbathing weather for Florence. However, I was there on Friday and Saturday an...

Researchers To Dig Up Remains Of Mona Lisa

The Huffington Post/AP | By ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 06.06.2011 | Arts

ROME -- Italian researchers said Tuesday they will dig up bones in a Florence convent to try to identify the remains of a Renaissance woman long belie...

Aggravated Abstraction: Robert Feintuch's Portraits

David Coggins | Posted 06.05.2011 | Arts
David Coggins

Robert Feintuch is that rare thing: a serious painter and a reasonable man. His work is figurative but is neither radical nor reactionary. It's mar...

Italy for Museum Lovers: Don't Miss These Five Museums

Paolo Rossi | Posted 05.31.2011 | Travel
Paolo Rossi

Although rarities, such as the peperoncino museum and the olive museum (yes, Italians love their food), are great places to visit, there are a few museums you really must visit during a stay in Italy.

Must-See Exhibitions This Spring

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.28.2011 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Spring is on our steps, so it's time to pack for either a short trip to Long Island or a longer trip to Europe in search of the most appealing ...

Mona Lisa Model Was Male, According To Italian Researchers

Eleanor Ide (AFP) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

ROME -- Italian researchers who specialise in resolving art mysteries said Wednesday they have discovered the disputed identity of the model for Leona...

Best Travel Finds Of 2010

Ondine Cohane | Posted 09.19.2011 | Travel
Ondine Cohane

Last year was a great one for hotel and restaurant openings, particularly for the intimate and one of a kind places I love. Here were the best of the spots that I was lucky enough to check out in 2010.

PHOTOS: Traveling To (And Through) The Heart Of Italy

Paolo Rossi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Paolo Rossi

Over 40 million tourists travel to Italy every year, making it the fith most visited country in the world. The capital Rome is by far the most popular...

Leonarado da Vinci, Great Renaissance Sage

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Leonardo da Vinci, born in the middle of the 15th century, was the founder of modern science and an interpreter between nature and humans. He sought ...

Five Easy Day Trips from Florence, Italy (PHOTOS)

CheapOair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

You could spend a decade in Florence and still not see everything it has to offer, but sometimes the big city atmosphere can become overwhelming. And ...