Valentina Wurth is a freelance writer working on her first novel. She has a bachelor's degree in English. She reads avidly, is trilingual and drinks too much coffee.
Prato has long lived in its neighbor’s shadow. But the second largest city in Tuscany has recently undergone a modern revival with the opening of new locales. With hip crowds and refreshing venues, the city center of Prato may be this summer’s best-kept secret, and
When I first arrived in Florence, for my semester abroad in August 2012, I behaved much like I was on an extended spring-break vacation. It was a period of pure debauchery and I’m sure I only helped perpetuate the stereotype of the American girl gone wild while
A peculiar object believed to be the oldest globe of the Americas has been found. Drawn on two halves of two ostrich eggs glued together, the discovery was presented on July 8 in Rome at the Italian Geographic Society. Information about its possible cultural and geographic implications has been published
Expectant mothers who need to get the hospital are now guaranteed to receive priority when calling a taxi. This new service by 4390 TaxiFirenze is called 'Premaman' and ensures prompt pickup. Using the service is quite easy: users can either call the company at 055/4390 or indicate that they
An Etruscan cauldron, found in a poorly preserved state at the Archaeology Museum of Florence, was recently restored back to its original glory. It had weathered the Florentine flood of 1966. The project was made possible thanks to Italia Nostra’s recent contribution to the museum. The artifact dates
According to research into Florence’s register of baptismal names, kept at the Santa Maria del Fiore archives, between 1450 and 1900 the most popular name in the city was Giovanni. The name’s popularity is probably linked to Florence’s patron saint, John the Baptist. &