Citrus Archaeologist Paolo Galeotti Rediscovers Ancient Plants

Today, the garden of Florence’s Villa di Castello hosts the largest collection of potted citrus plants in the world—near 600 species and varieties, one of which was long thought extinct for more than a century and a half. Citrus Expert Paolo Galeotti saw a sprig of something he thought to be that variety—the three-fruit producing citrus bizzarria. He grafted it onto a plant and brought …

Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin’s Aurelien Production Facility

Exploring the masterful leather production of the acclaimed brand's new sneakers

Tuscany’s international renown stems from its nature and art—the beauty of the hills and the enduring magic of the Renaissance. The crafts of the region are also very well known—leather in particular. But most people are unaware of the level of sophistication and technology that such workmanship involves. Recently we were invited by Christian Louboutin to discover the complex production of Aurelien, the brand’s latest …

Hotel Milu, Florence

A contemporary art-driven accommodation, housed in a historic 15th century building

Florence tends to be synonymous with art, but oftentimes we think of ancient palazzos, classic paintings and iconic sculptures. The city, however also has a vibrant contemporary side, driven by fashion, art and food. Hotel Milu, a new boutique property, represents these aspects of the capital of Renaissance by way of modern design and comfort for the traveler of today, all while maintaining Florence’s grandeur. …

Italy in Your Pocket: Fathom’s New Honeymoon Guides

Download these vetted itineraries to Amalfi Coast, Venice and more from the travel pros

Travel website Fathom, which we love for their anti-tourist spin and overall practical—rather than eye candy—approach, has just debuted a new set of ebooks, dubbed Fathom Honeymoon Guides. The team has put together flexible three-day itineraries that take care of what to eat, see and explore, so you’re not trawling through lots of crowdsourced lists yourself. “We want to take the edge off planning a …

Mercato Centrale, Florence

From tripe sandwiches and pizza to €3,000 truffles, this recently expanded Italian food hall has something for any culinary enthusiast

by Ananda Pellerin When visitors walk through the sliding doors into Florence’s Mercato Centrale they are immediately hit by the earthy smell of truffles. The intoxicating scent is emanating from the Savini Tartufi counter, where they have (among other things) a giant white truffle at the “special price” of €3,000. Wandering a little deeper, the sights, sounds and delicious aromas of the newly constructed food …