Inspired by…Michelangelo’s David

American gun maker ArmaLite has received a lot of unexpected publicity in reaction to their ad featuring Florence’s beloved Michelanglo’s David holding a rifle. The ad has caused a great stir, and not just concerning infringements on copyright protecting the famous statue. Angelo Tartuferi, director of the Accademia Gallery where David is housed, is quoted […]

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Rugby: Italy v’s Australia

The Australian Wallabies on the field.

Italians are best known for their skills on the soccer field, but have been tackling another ball sport of late, having a ‘try’ (boom-tish) at rugby, and are not doing too bad at getting a boot in on the international rugby scene. Today, the Italian rugby team are taking on the Australian Wallabies at Florence’s […]

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Morning Walk on the Cobbled Streets of Florence

Florence water views

After a deliciously frothy cappuccino and flaky pastry from our favourite bakery, we set out for an early morning walk around the charming historical city centre of Florence. Stepping out onto the streets of Florence, we passed our local baker out hand-delivering the just-baked pastries to the local coffee shops, sweet delights destined to be […]

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Eleven American Presidents in Florence, Italy

Eleven American Presidents in Florence, Italy

For those not lucky enough to have spied Bill Clinton walking the streets of Florence recently (but who are still lucky enough to be in Florence), you can now get face to face with not one, but eleven American presidents. Or their photographs at least. The Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, whose European headquarters are located in […]

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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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Oltrarno: Florence’s most charming quarter

Florence is famous for its artisan works, from clothing and leather goods, to stunning gold jewellery (great souvenirs for those with limited luggage space!). And of course this is the home of the Renaissance where some of the world’s best art was created, and is still housed in the Uffizi Gallery, along the Vasari Corridor […]

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American Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy

2012 Florence, Italy: This year is the 500th anniversary of the death of Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512). Amerigo Vespucci, the man after whom America was named, was born in Florence, Italy and was an explorer, navigator and cartographer. To mark the 500th anniversary of his death, a series of events and exhibitions around Florence are being […]

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