Monthly Archives: October 2010

An Artist in a Renaissance Villa -Studio Visit

Today we were privileged to visit artist Donatella Mei at her stunning renaissance villa, studio and gardens near Florence. Donatella Mei was born in Florence where today she lives and works. Mei received degrees in Classical sudies and Art but she has … Continue reading

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Where to find Michelangelo in Florence

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was born into an historical Florentine family, and lived for some years near Piazza Santa Croce. Some of his greatest works were made here in this city of art. The great result is that the city is … Continue reading

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A True Tuscan Tale – beans and heroes

Visiting Florence, one thinks about the wonderful museums, the stunning Tuscan-countryside surrounds, the shopping and the food (and the wine, and the coffee… we could go on!). However, one of the things not listed in the guide books, and which … Continue reading

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Pesto alla Genovese – tips and recipe

Pesto alla Genovese is a typical dish from the northern Italian region of Liguria, and specifically named after its capital city Genova. Typically, this pesto is made by mixing 60 grams of fresh basil leaves, 2 tablespoons of pine nuts, … Continue reading

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All that glitters is not gold – but sometimes it is! Tuscany’s most famed golden items.

Viola is often recognised as the typical colour of Florence, and in fact the uniform of the beloved Florentine football (soccer) team, La Fiorentina is even purple. But after the football season’s less than shining start for the ‘Forza Viola’, … Continue reading

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Lasagna

Lasagna is one of the many Italian dishes that have become famous around the world. Easy to pre-prepare for dinner parties and events, filling, delicious and if you are lucky to have any remaining, great to have as left-overs the … Continue reading

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Just how do you solve a 100-year-old Tuscan murder mystery?

In Lisa Clifford’s new book, she counts down the lead up to the murder of Artemino, brutally killed a century ago in a small Tuscan village. With each turn of the page, Lisa provides insights into the way the lower … Continue reading

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The Tree – French film shot in Australia, being shown in Florence

The Artviva office is located in the Odeon cinema building (on the street around the left-hand side of the cinema entrance in fact). This past week in fact, Artviva staff have felt the ground tremor below them with each screening … Continue reading

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Ex-pats in Italy – How to become a new local!

Visiting a new country when on holiday allows you to see the main features of a destination, experience the setting, the sounds, the tastes of a foreign land. It will hopefully broaden your horizons, increase your knowledge, and if you’re … Continue reading

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Creative Festival: Festival della Creatività

Once a year in Florence’s ‘Fortress’, Fortezza da Basso, the Festival della Creatività is held. Exhibitions, concerts, art and artists, not to mention live music, great food ? and perhaps a little wine ? are all enjoyed inside one of … Continue reading

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