Tessa Kiros started travelling at a very young age. Born in London, her family moved to South Africa when she was 4. By the time she was 18 she had one goal in mind: to travel and see the world by the time she was 30. Her desire to travel and experience new cultures was also […]
Leo Mancini-Hresko was not planning on staying in Florence. He came here for a study abroad program in 2000, through the Art Institute of Boston. It was there he found the Florence Academy. He dropped his studies through Boston and decided to continue schooling in Florence permanently. Mancini-Hresko’s paintings seem as if they come from […]
In the past 2 years, Roberts work has been showcased in galleries not only in the U.S. but also all over Europe. ArtViva is proud to announce they will be working with Robert Bodem. Clients will have an exclusive opportunity to hear the sculptor himself speak about his passion behind the art and see the sculptures themselves. This is an exclusive experience that you cannot miss. What better way to experience modern art in the Renaissance city, see the sculptures, hear the story behing them and meet the artist himself? For more information, and to book, please click here.
Since 1211, Prince Duccio Corsini’s family has had a distinguished involvement in Italian art, villas, and wine in Florence and Tuscany. The Corsinis have long been one of Italy’s most historic and prestigious families, owning prestigious art collections (which include works by Rafael, Botticelli and Bernini, to name a few) and contributing to world-famous wine […]
…you were to spend the day with an Italian Prince? One whose ancestors built the Trevi fountain, who elected popes, and whose private art collection includes works by Botticelli, Rafaello and Bernini? …you were to become a part of history and a stakeholder of a world-famous wine? …you were to spend the day with the […]
When Australian author and journalist Lisa Clifford moved to Florence to be with her Italian husband, an unsolved murder in his family became part of her life. The more Lisa found out about it, the more intrigued she became – so much so that she was driven to investigate the tragic events of a century ago.
Planning to visit the David soon? If your trip falls on April 20th, you should know that we have received word from Firenze Musei, the company that runs Florence’s State Museums, that the Accademia Gallery will close early on April 20th. The museum will take its last reservation that day at 3:00pm, since they will […]
Spot the Medici Coat of Arms As you stroll throughout Florence and other towns in Tuscany one symbol you will see again and again is an oval decorated with six balls. This coat of arms is found on palaces, churches, villas, and art works galore. You often see more impressive crests, maybe decorated with lions […]
On March 30th part of the ceiling of emperor Nero’s palace collapsed. Completed in AD 68 the palace was called the Domus Aurea (Golden House) because of the large amount of gold leaf it was decorated with. Its walls and ceilings were originally encrusted with pearls and semi-precious stones. It is believed the damage was […]
As you stroll around Florence you might notice what at first glance appear to be hot dog stands. On closer inspection you’ll see that they are actually selling tripe sandwiches!! Tripe is the inner lining of the first of a cow’s four stomachs whereas lampredotto comes from the fourth and last stomach. The trippaio (tripe […]