Animal Portraits: An art installation by Simone D’Auria

Florence is full of surprises and this past week I stumbled upon one as I was running along the Arno.  The first thing that caught my eye was a white figure floating in the air, strung up on a cable connected by the two buildings. Upon further examination I realized that each of these white … More Animal Portraits: An art installation by Simone D’Auria

Florence (Part 1)- Medici Chapel and Church of San Lorenzo

The more time I spend in Florence, the more I realize how much power the Medici Family enjoyed over not just Florence, but Europe and within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.  The power of the Medici Family originates with Giovanni de’ Medici, who was the banker for the Papal Court.  Forgive me for sounding … More Florence (Part 1)- Medici Chapel and Church of San Lorenzo

Rome Excursion: Catacombs of St. Callixtus, Colosseum, and the Forum

Machiavelli took great interest in Roman history and modeled much of his work on the Roman Empire.  As I walked through Rome, specifically the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, Colosseum, and Forum, I am finally able to understand why Rome had such a great impact on Machiavelli. The first site we visited in Rome was the … More Rome Excursion: Catacombs of St. Callixtus, Colosseum, and the Forum