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, […]
Think of Florence and you’re not likely to think of Americans. You might, strangely enough, be more inclined to think of, say, Italians. But being a centre of art and culture (and shopping!), Florence is actually home to quite a large number of foreigners.
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’!
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Before the forecast snow in Tuscany began to fall, we decided to head out to San Gimignano for a wonderful day out in the Tuscan countryside. 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 collection of medieval towers […]