Unique Florence – Laurentian Library

A little gem in Florence, the Laurentian Library (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana) holds a vast collection of early-edition books, prints and manuscripts, the bulk of which formed the private library of one of Florence’s most important families. Having worked their way up from their merchant beginnings to become rulers and even Popes, the Medici family (specifically […]

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Easter in Italy: what to do, where to be, what to expect

Easter – that time of year during which the faithful and not alike find themselves promising they would eventually get on a diet. Eventually. Naturally here in Italy, Easter, or Pasqua in Italian, comes with its many traditions and celebrations – from foods, to processions, to the most eccentric regional traditions. Whether you’ve planned to […]

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Italy is no exception to celebrating International Women’s Day – that one day during which we look around us to appreciate the women in our lives. Founded in the early 20th century, the 8th of March is a day to celebrate women’s economic, political as well as social achievements. Traditionally, during this day women in […]

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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 #2

We recently asked out wonderful tour guides for some more top tips for travel in Italy. This gem comes from our expert Florence tour guide, Corinna: Always have photo ID on you when travelling in Italy! When on holiday in Italy, it is quite tempting to leave most of your documents in the hotel safe. […]

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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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