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13 November 2014

Concepts of Ideal Beauty in Renaissance Florence

We explore the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to discover the origins of ideal beauty in the Renaissance.


Emily Urban  |  No Comments

Titian, Venus of Urbino, c. 1538, oil on canvas, Uffizi

30 June 2014

Montepulciano, an Alternative Cultural and Culinary Tuscan Excursion

Culinary docent Adrienne Kovats gives us her top selections for how to visit Montepulciano in Tuscany.


Lily Heise  |  3 Comments


15 March 2014

Closing the Circle: Oltrarno Artisans

We talked with two former winners of the Context apprenticeship program in Florence to see how things have come full circle since it began in 2008.


Emily Knight  |  2 Comments


8 December 2013

Context’s Ultimate Gift Guide

Ready for the holidays?  So are we!  We’ve surveyed our docents and city managers across the world to put together…


Jessica Stewart  |  No Comments


17 November 2013

Win a free Context Family Walk in Italy (and a drawing kit!)

Want to win a free family walk in Italy? Learn how to enter our contest and win!


Dominique Bohler  |  No Comments

Learning on our Daily Life in Venice for Families

4 June 2013

Why You Should Skip San Gimignano: 3 Alternate Excursions

We tell you why you should think about skipping San Gimignano, Pompeii, and Siracusa during your next trip to Italy.


Jessica Stewart  |  No Comments


29 May 2013

Dante 101: The Buzz Behind Dan Brown’s Inferno

Dan Brown’s newest novel has stirred up interest in Dante Alighieri, for better or for worse.


Mary Gray  |  No Comments

Il Sommo Poeta

13 March 2013

Practical Facts: How to Tip When Abroad

Our guide to tipping across our European and Asian cities is full of surprises.


Whitney Webster  |  4 Comments

Parisian cafe

11 March 2013

Forgotten Genius: A Philadelphian in the Vasari Corridor

Cecilia Beaux: one of the Vasari Corridor’s “best-of-the-best”, but today unknown.


Liz Roller  |  No Comments

Cecilia Beaux

14 February 2013

History Lesson: Origins of the Uffizi Gallery

Take a look inside the intriguing story behind the creation of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.


Liz Roller  |  No Comments

Anna Maria Luisa de Medici

21 January 2013

Best Hands-on Activities for Traveling Families

Looking for something active and hands-on for your family? See our list of picks from across our cities.


Jessica Stewart  |  No Comments


3 April 2012

Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists

Palazzo Strozzi continues its tradition of programming exhibitions that intrigue both visitors and locals alike. Their newest show “Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists,” once again reflects the strong connections between the United States and Italy with a selection of works from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Frederick Childe Hassam, and more.


Jessica Stewart  |  1 Comment

Fiesole by Willard Leroy Metcalf

3 March 2012

Where to Rent a Wheelchair in Italy

In keeping with the spirit of our mobility program services, we have put together resource lists for wheelchair rental in our various cities. The Italian cities in which we operate face their own unique challenges, from the bridges in Venice to the cobbled streets to Rome. While some museums do provide foldable wheelchairs, their quality and availability can be variable and limited to that particular site. The following is a list of pharmacies and medical supply stores that provide wheel chair rentals.


Jessica Stewart  |  21 Comments

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26 February 2012

Food Markets in Italy, Offerings as Unique as the Cities Themselves

Some thoughts from our culinary docents throughout Italy about the best of what their local markets have to offer.


Jessica Stewart  |  No Comments


14 February 2012

Summer Camp in Paris

Learn about our new Summer Camp program. How it works and how you could take advantage of it!


Petulia  |  6 Comments


14 February 2012

What to Do in Florence: 5 Off-beat Sites and Museums

While millions of visits flock to tour the Uffizi Galleries or peer at Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia, Florence hosts a wealth of sites and museums, some more off-beat than others. Whether for the repeat visitor who wants to try something new or a discerning newcomer looking to move away from the pack, here are our top five suggestions of off-beat sites and museums to visit in Florence.


Jessica Stewart  |  No Comments