Enoteca: the great Italy wine tradition

It is quite normal for Italians to take a long lunch break to enjoy a nice lunch of pasta followed by a meat main, usually accompanied by local wine. Now, if it’s so common for Italians to have a glass or two of wine a day each – and that’s just at lunchtime! –  you […]

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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 was surprised to find that whilst all the male oenologists had either been sponsored by […]

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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 sweets), the maggianti or maggerini sing auspicious verses to the inhabitants of the houses they […]

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Florence’s Seedy Underbelly: Sex, Drugs & Renaissance

Sex, Drugs and the 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 past. This was a time when a scandal really was scandalous, and when acts that […]

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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 a little research into the do’s and don’ts, the lay of the land you’re travelling […]

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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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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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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 along for tastings of delicious local gourmet foods and wines of excellence presented by Slow […]

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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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