Category Archives: Italian aristocrats

Women and Wine – Donatella Cinelli Colombini in Tuscany

In 1998, Donatella Cinelli Colombini took over the running of the family Tuscan wine estates, comprising Casato in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. She sought out a professional cellar master at the local oenologist school in Siena. She … Continue reading

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Canti Di Maggio – Mayday Traditional Festivities Tuscany, Italy

May Day is a tradition still alive today in Tuscany, Italy as an allegory of the return to life and rebirth. The magic-propitiatory rite is often done during a questing where, in exchange for gifts (traditionally eggs, wine, food or … Continue reading

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Florence’s Seedy Underbelly: Sex, Drugs & Renaissance

You may be surprised to know that the Renaissance had more than its fair share of debauchery! In Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, some of the most rich and famous led shocking lifestyles that line the seedy underbelly of Florence’s … Continue reading

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DOs, DON’Ts & OH NO, YOU DIDN’T?!s: Etiquette in Italy

Part of the joys of travel to a foreign land is about immersing yourself in a new culture, embracing alternative ways of living and experiencing differences. As such, part of any preparations for a trip to another land should involve … Continue reading

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The fine art of coffee

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 … Continue reading

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Art by Women in Florence, Italy

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 … Continue reading

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Laying Foundations in Florence: Robert F. Kennedy Centre Europe

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 … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising – In Giardino per il Meyer

On Sunday, 24th June, 2012 a great event is being held in Tuscany to raise money for the Meyer Children’s Hospital. At the beautiful Villa Bardini, from 7.00pm at the Villa park, there will be a ‘tasting path’ to walk … 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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