Florence’s Finer Details – the Column of Saint Zenobius

  With all the marvellous monuments to see in Florence’s city centre, it’s easy to miss a relatively small and unimposing column. Yet just near the Florence Cathedral, right by the Baptistery, is the Saint Zenobius column. Right in the heart of the historical city centre of Florence, the Saint Zenobius column is said to […]

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Italy travel tip #5: Bigger isn’t better for best restaurants in Italy

Beyoncé in Florence Italy

Looking for where to eat in Italy? See a menu offering a large variety of different kind of foods such as pizza, pasta, seafood, meat and more? Most Italians would keep walking. Our tip for dining in Italy is: look for Italian restaurants with small menus. Italian food is great for its simplicity, for its […]

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Calcio Storico – Florence’s ancient ball sport

Calcio Storico Fiorentino

It’s Calcio Storico time, the historic football tournament played each year in Florence‘s Piazza Santa Croce. Arising in Florence during the 1500s, Calcio Storico (a.k.a. Calcio Fiorentino) is believed to have taken inspiration from games played during Roman times. It was the game of choice for the Renaissance ruling classes. Even Popes (including the two Medici […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #1

Planning a trip to Italy? A little while back, we made a fun series of travel videos offering Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips. Now, we are here to share some new tips for travelling in Italy, gathered from our expert tour guides and other locals. And the first tip on the list for having […]

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All eyes on Artemisia: BBC Documentary with Michael Palin + conference in Florence

We at ArtViva have been all about Artemisia Gentileschi of late. ArtViva has been working with the BBC on their production of a documentary featuring Michael Palin. We are also proudly sponsoring a conference and its filming on this acclaimed Italian Baroque painter, as a gift from ArtViva to support world-class research on Artemisia Gentileschi. […]

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Heracles and Nessus restored in Florence, Italy

    In the late 1500s, Italian artist Giovanni Caccini completed his recreation of the Ercole e Nesso (Heracles and Nessus) statue. The artwork depicts the strong man of Greek mythology overpowering the centaur, not long before Heracles himself died from Nessus’ tainted blood. Caccini’s statue was recreated from a possibly Roman certainly antique original, […]

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Michelangelo’s David in Florence, Italy

Michelangelo’s David is considered by many as the greatest artwork ever made. Its creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), was pretty great too. Not only was he a sculptor, but also a painter (think, Sistine Chapel), architect (dome of St Peter’s Basilica), and even penned a few poems in his time. Nearly a century prior to the […]

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