Jane first came to Florence as an undergraduate art student at the Maryland Institute of Art. She fell in love with the city, the region, and an Italian man. Soon after her BA she returned to continue her graduate studies at the University of Florence and settle in the area. She spends a lot of her time outside of the city, leading groups on trekking holidays through Tuscany, and as such has gained a broad knowledge not only of the art and artistic traditions of Tuscany but of the entire cultural context of the region. She lives with her husband and their two children in the Mugello area north of Florence.
Cornelia has a PhD in art history from Columbia University and wrote her dissertation on Renaissance city planning. She is especially knowledgeable about Medici patronage. In addition to her research and teaching, Cornelia, a mother of a disabled child, runs an association dedicated to barrier-free travel in Florence and is author of "The Accessible Guide to Florence."
Monica completed her Ph.D in 2009 in history of art and architecture from the University of Virginia, specializing in the Italian Renaissance period. As a writer, she is interested in the literary culture of Florence as well as the city's art and architecture. Before coming to Florence, Monica lived in Rome, Venice, New York City, and Charlottesville, Virginia.