Monthly Archives: March 2012

OutrunCancer – charity run around Italy

One man (and his faithful support team) is presently putting a lot of energy into raising awareness and funding for prevention of cancer. Luca Turrini is running 20 marathons in 29 days, one in each region of Italy. Spurred on … Continue reading

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Vinitaly: Verona, Vines & Vino

Verona has been historically known as the home of Shakespeare’s lovebirds Romeo and Juliet. But for 46 years, a new -and much more enduring- romance has been taking place there. We’re talking Vinitaly, Italy’s most celebrated wine fair. Each year … Continue reading

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Florence Sunshine – just brilliant!

Walking around the historical city of Florence at various times of the day, we are gifted with the most spectacular sights of marble-façade churches asterisked by the brilliant morning sun behind, statues perfectly chiaroscuroed, historical palaces back-dropped by a perfect … Continue reading

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Cinque Terre 2012 – from floods to fabulous!

Sometimes the most heart-warming news comes in the wake of great tragedy. This is the case with the Cinque Terre, whose five village towns were devastated by floods occurring along the Tuscan and Ligurian coasts in October 2011. Now, around … Continue reading

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Giotto’s Bell Tower, Florence: Great sights from a great height of 5 flights

It may come as no surprise that life is not too bad* when you live it in Florence, Italy. And one of the 4879** things we absolutely adore about this wonderful Renaissance city is that there are always so many … Continue reading

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The night of nights: Seracini and Renzi, Vinci and da Vinci, the US Consol General… and Artviva!

We at Artviva have long been supporters of the project to find the lost da Vinci masterpiece, ‘The Battle of Anghiari’, having worked with da Vinci sleuth Maurizio Seracini himself for some years in promoting his cause. This week we … Continue reading

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New clues in lost Da Vinci saga come to light!

News sites around the world are reporting on the exciting update on the search for the lost Leonardo da Vinci being sought out by our good friend Maurizio Seracini. The Leonardo da Vinci work was started in 1505 and lost … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day in Italy

In a perfect world, we’d let people know how much they mean to us much more often. But since the world is a little less than perfect (thank goodness – how boring would that be?!), we have days each year … Continue reading

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FAIR FIESOLE: Parks, Parkour and Precious Objects

From Florence, Fiesole is but a short drive (or a longer but lovely hike!) up a winding ancient road that gives the gift of spectacular Tuscan views with each curve of the road. Normally a quiet little village overlooking the … Continue reading

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Current-ly in Florence: The River Arno

It is afternoon and the remnant light of day is starting to creep up and up further across the stunning marble façades of Florence’s most iconic churches and historic buildings. We have been walking through the cobbled streets of Florence … Continue reading

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