UTOPIA: the ideal art exhibition in Florence

'Why Here' by Pietro Manzo as part of the Florence art exhibit, UTOPIA






Utopia, a coin termed by Sir Thomas More in writing his treatise of the same name, has its origins in the term ‘no place’. The meaning of the title which was first published in the early 1500s, has ironically evolved over time to mean a perfect place.


Tonight in Florence, the capital city of idyllic Tuscany and a historic hub of art and artisan crafts, and pretty darn close to the perfect place to live, the exhibition ‘UTOPIA’ is being held in an old workshop.


Via il Prato is, by the way, also the site of the pizza heaven that is ‘Funiculì’ and chocolate paradise can be found in the desserts of Bar Ross restaurant, so if you are seeking paradise, it is not a bad place to start!


The Utopia exhibition features works from a group of artists that have utilised video, painting, sculpture and photography to create an exhibition that confronts the theme of ‘premature realities’ that are Utopias, says the event coordinator and featured artist, Fiona Corsini.

Artists featured in the exhibit are: Francesca Guicciardini, Caterina Enni, Gianluca Gori, Olivia Magris, Olimpia Benini, Fiona Corsini, Alex Hamilton, Pietro Manzo, Paolo Fumagalli, Agata Monti.


The exhibit will remain open until the 22nd December, 2010 at the ‘Officina’ on via il Prato, 65 in Florence.

Fiona Corsini is a member of the historic Corsini family.

The Corsini family is a noble family from Florence whose rich history goes back to at least the 12th century.

Today, the family produces world-renown, high quality Tuscan wines.

Prince Duccio Corsini is also a presenter at the Artviva Festival, and the Artviva exclusive Adopt-a-Vine.

Adopt-a-vine allows visitors (or locals) to Florence to ‘adopt’ a vine that will bear the fruit that is the essence of the delicious Corsini wines.

ArtViva offers the unique experience of being able to adopt a vine in the private Tuscan estate vineyard of Prince Duccio Corsini. After then having lunch with the Prince, guests the tour the vineyard, where a personalised, engraved name-plate is placed on one of the vines.

This exclusive experience also includes 2 bottles of the estate’s fine Don Tommaso Chianti Classico crù given on the day itself, whilst updates regarding the adopted vintage (including 3 tasting samples) are sent throughout the year. For the personal stakeholder in the vintage of this prestigious wine, a wooden case of six bottles of the specific Don Tommaso vintage is then sent once the grapes have been harvested and the wine produced.

The day also includes a comprehensive visit throughout the Prince’s wine cellar, the vineyards and Villa Le Corti. There is also a tasting of one of Italy’s other liquid of choice, extra virgin olive oil.

As to the Corsini estate, Ville le Corti was founded in the early 15th century. Today the Villa and its cellar are considered national monuments. Of the 256 hectares, 49 hectares are dedicated to vineyard terrain on ancient alluvial soils at an altitude between 220 to 350 metres.

Wines produced by the Villa include traditional, entry level Chianti Classico wines (Le Corti), an innovative crù (Don Tommaso), DOCG’s, as well as some new-style Maremma I.G.T. wines developed with other varietals. The estate wines have received over 90 points from Wine Spectator 12 times in the last 10 vintages.

Prince Ducio Corsini, who oversees the production of the wines, says, “I try to create elegant wines, where subtlety prevails over the excess of structure.”

Artviva also offer other exclusive Tuscan wine tours,

If you’d prefer to enjoy the Tuscan countryside with a small group, we also offer exclusive wine excursions in Tuscany and small-group Tuscany wine tours.

And for any other related (or even unrelated ? we’re very friendly here) email staff@artviva.com or call Italian number +39 055 264 5033.

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