Aimee Bateas

Aimee Bateas is originally from West Hartford, CT and graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in May 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She is currently pursuing her master?s degree in European Union Policy Studies in Florence through James Madison University.

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Music in the air

From Florence to Pistoia, Lucca to Fiesole, there is music in the air. It's the season for Tuscany's summer music festivals, and there is nothing quite like swaying to sweet sounds with the scent of warm grass in the air, cold beer in hand and thousands of years


Calling Europe?

Recent events in North Africa, such as the uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and the NATO action in Libya have raised questions about the ability of Europe to speak with one voice. The common foreign and security policy (CFSP) is the European Union's attempt to do just this. The most


Thoughts on Florence’s latest ‘Situation’

Spray tans, fist-pumping and blowouts are not typically associated with Florence or its inhabitants. And if you thought the MTV TRL Awards in Santa Croce was contradiction enough, brace yourselves. As you may already know, throughout May and June, the American reality show Jersey Shore will converge on Florence


A nation of influence

As one of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU), Italy, like, its fellow members, is faced with the ongoing challenge of standing out and exerting influence within it. To date, Italy has been one of its most influential states in the EU, an asset to the bloc,


Turin > Florence > Rome

As Italy begins its celebration of 150 years of unification, Tuscans recognize this anniversary as a significant milestone for the region, but especially for Florence. Although Tuscany and Florence are known as being the heart of the Italian Renaissance, with Dante and the Medicis calling Florence home, the unification of