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 makes actual living here so magical is interaction with the locals. Funny, reserved or friendly, […]

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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’, we thought it best to focus on something another colour ? gold! The first famous […]

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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 next day! photo by Jon Sullivan (PDphoto.org) The Artviva cooking class makes a delicious traditional […]

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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 of the latest action-packed blockbuster that clearly has some great special effects! This Friday, 22nd […]

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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 the most historical complexes in Florence. Held at Florence’s Fortezza da Basso, which you can […]

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