Florence: barrels of fun, fashion & fascination

Italians have a saying, ‘nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono’ – in small barrels there is good wine, which is basically the Italian way of saying that good things come in small packages. And nothing demonstrates this more than Florence herself. For all her historical importance, her mainstay as a global hub for arts, […]

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So much for the good ol’ days – children in Florence during the Renaissance

The Little Princes – children in the Renaissance. Cross-dressing toddlers, baby cages, superstitious baby toys, pet monkeys, baby binding, pint-sized cardinals and a range of toddler weaponry that gives a whole new definition to the term ‘infantry’!

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Florence by Night – beautiful in any light

Reason we love Florence #4837 is the way her beauty and charm changes, not only with the seasons, the months of the year and with each day of the week, but also with the time of day. Pre-bustle, the only people on the street just at sunrise in Florence are the street cleaners who make […]

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Cooking in Florence – Easy as pi…zza!

Italians aren’t so big on pie as such, but they do love their pizza! Since we organise wonderful hands-on cooking classes in Florence and Tuscany, we in the Artviva office should also know how to cook these wonderful recipes, right? So along we went one evening to the local cookery school, rolled up our sleeves, […]

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Under the Tuscan Snow

With the temperature in Tuscany forecast to be one of the coldest days of the season, we for some reason decided it was a great day to go for a long walk in the park! So it was we set out for a walk in Tuscany, dressed like big puffy marshmallows in our winter coats […]

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All About San Gimignano in Tuscany

  You’ve probably heard all about the famous Tuscan hilltop town of San Gimignano, but there are some things you don’t know. We’re here to help… During a recent trip, we stopped along the way to enjoy the views of the ‘Tuscan Manhattan’ on the horizon – so called for the charming Tuscan village town’s […]

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