La Befana: 1 Wise Woman

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At a time when most of us are already some days into our new year’s resolution of eating lighter and drinking less, Italians are gearing up for yet another feast! 6th January marks the Epiphany on (most) Christian calendars, the date when the little baby Jesus was said to have been revealed as being the […]

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Away from the manger: the Italian Christmas Tradition of the Presepio

Away from the manger.

Christmas in Florence: The streets are all decked out in pretty Christmas lights, the shop windows around the historical city centre sparkle with stunning decorations, the Christmas market in Piazza Santa Croce is in full swing. And Piazza del Duomo in front of the stunning Cathedral in Florence is even more breathtaking than ever.

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Work/Shop – Artisans in Florence – Patrick Wandael

The Ponte Vecchio

The Renaissance bore many of history’s greatest artists and many artisan traditions right here in Florence. But inspiration has never waned and to this day, Florence remains a glorious hub of creativity. And really, being surrounded by so much beauty in Florence, the capital city of the stunning Tuscany region, it’s no wonder that people […]

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The fine art of coffee

And God said to Michelangelo...

As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous works including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to Michelangelo’s Creation of Man on the Sistine Chapel […]

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Mona Lisa’s Bones – the search continues…

Mona Lisa's identity is taken _very_ seriously

Subject of songs (lots & lots of songs!) and several films, the alluring smile of the Mona Lisa has captivated people’s hearts, minds and immagination since Leonardo da Vinci put paint to poplar panel in the 1500s. Whilst the Musèe du Lourve has labelled the Mona Lisa as ‘Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco […]

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Art by Women in Florence, Italy

Judith Slaying Holofernes (1620)

Historically around the world generally, the majority of best-known artists have been men. However, two local women here in Florence are doing their darndest to promote female artists, at least here in the Renaissance city. A new book has been written by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone titled Art by Women in Florence: A Guide […]

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Laying Foundations in Florence: Robert F. Kennedy Centre Europe

Robert Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights

SEE THE SIGHTS AND SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS! In support of the Robert Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights, Artviva is offering two special not-for-profit guided tours on Florence on 22nd November, 2012 as part of the Robert F. Kennedy Thanksgiving Weekend in Florence. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is […]

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The Glass Merchants of Venice: Murano’s Master Glassblowers

The Glass Merchants of Venice: Murano’s Master Glassblowers

  With the Venetian sky the most marvellous blue above us, we set of on our private transfer to the famous glass island of Murano just a short distance from Venice’s main island. Pulling up at the pier of the Murano Glass Factory we were visiting, we walked along the jetty, and stepped into the […]

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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 were lucky enough to be invited to a private meeting with Seracini to hear all […]

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