Leisure: The Art of Cooking

Sudents attending the cooking school at Villa San Michele need only glance upward for inspiration. In the refectory of this former monastery, just across from the participants’ worktables, Nicodemo Ferrucci’s 1642 fresco of the Last Supper depicts in detail the offerings of the famous feast. The students have ventured to this Florentine landmark to learn […]

Wardrobe: Making the Grade

The World War II orphans from Pisa, Italy, who were relocated to Florence’s Basilica of Santa Croce did not spend their time there idly. The Franciscan friars who operated the basilica had partnered with two local leather artisan families, the Goris and Cassinis, and transformed the dormitory of the 13th-century monastery into a leather crafts school. […]