What’s New in Italy This Summer: 7 Ideas For Your Italy Trip

Prepping for a trip to Italia? Here’s what’s hip, happening and noteworthy in Italy this summer and fall. 1. New Vaporetto Service in Venice: Ever seen those red hop-on, hop-off double decker tourists buses in major cities around the world? Venice now has its own version of a hop-on, hop-off tourist boat called Vaporetto dell’Arte. The seats all have multi-lingual …

Ghiberti “Door of Paradise” to Go on Display in Florence Museum This September

If you’re visiting Florence in September or during the fall of 2012, you will have the chance to be among the first in three decades to lay eyes on the original 15th-century gilded bronze door by Lorenzo Ghiberti which Michelangelo called “The Door of Paradise.” This medieval masterpiece weighs eight tons and had been part of the baptistery of Florence’s Duomo …

Introducing the ArtFast Pass for Florence Sites

The Tuscan Traveler turned us on to the new ArtFast Priority Pass — which for seven euros per year allows tourists and locals to skip the lines at its famous Duomo, which can get crowded in peak season. The card grants expedited entry to six attractions in the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, including the Duomo, its cupola and bell …

Gucci Museum Opens in Florence

In the nine decades since Guccio Gucci opened a small leather shop in Florence in 1921, his name and products have become fashion icons across the world, and can now be viewed at the new Gucci Museum in Florence. The museum opened on September 28th, as part of this year’s 90th anniversary celebration of the iconic Florentine designer. The museum’s …

New Florence Card for Museums and Transportation

If you’re headed to Florence, you should know that the city now offers the Firenze Card — but due to its price it is really for the most ardent and ambitious museum-goer and tourist. The Firenze Card offers admission to more than 33 participating museums, villas, and gardens — as well as unlimited public transportation — over three days for …

New for Christmas 2010: Snowy Palazzo Vecchio Florence Italy Christmas Cards!

Our Italian Christmas cards are a bit hit each and every holiday season. This year we are proud to announce a new Italy Christmas card design….Snowy Palazzo Vecchio in Florence Italy! If you’re familiar with our offerings you know that we almost never discount our exquisite and unique Italian holiday cards. But this year, the early bird gets the worm, …

Galileo’s Fingers Await at Newly Reopened Florence Museum

In producing some of the world’s greatest scientific minds, Italy has shared an intimate history with the development of modern science. Based on the content of the newly reopened Instituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (Institute and Museum of the History of Science), now renamed the Museo Galileo (The Galileo Museum), it is safe to say that the city …