New Center for Artisans to Open in Florence’s Oltrano

Florence‘s Oltrano neighborhood has long been known as the bastion of craftsmen, artisans and antique dealers. The Florentine reports that the 19th century Conventino, formerly the home of the Monastero di Santa Teresa delle Carmelitane Scalze, located near Piazza Tasso is soon to reopen as a 3,500 square-meter multifunctional center devoted to crafts.   According to the newspaper, “The new …

Some Italian Museums Are Indeed Open on Mondays

Guidebook listings might lead you to
believe that there’s nothing to do on a
Monday (lunedi)
in Italy. It’s true that many
museums–particularly the national museums
run by the state–close every Monday, but
privately run museums provide ample alternatives
for Italian art lovers.

Florence: Christmas and New Year’s Events

Christmas Market (Il Mercato di Natale) in Piazza Santa Croce November 28 to December 16, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Forty-nine exhibitors from 13 European countries will be selling their wares: Christmas decorations from Germany, reindeer furs from Finland, typical sweets from Austria, China-bone from England, dolls and glass from Hungary and amber from Poland.Ice Skating in Piazza della Libertà …

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Florence

Introducing Dream of Italy’s Collected Florence e-book! The downloadable PDF includes all of Dream of Italy’s tips, features and reviews for the city of Florence — updated in December 2006 — from over four years of back issues. All of the Web sites in the e-book’s 57 pages are hot linked for easy access to additional information on the Internet. …

Learn and Eat at Florence’s Olio & Convivium

Olio & Convivium opened in 2004 as the gastronomic atelier of Convivium Firenze, a catering company whose philosophy is the
preservation and enhancement of ancient Tuscan and Florentine culinary traditions.