INFERNO: from Dante to Dan Brown

Dante’s Inferno has become the basis for the latest Dan Brown novel of the same name. Dan Brown’s Inferno takes its name from the first of the three canticas that make up Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the poem, Dante recounts in first person his experiences of travelling through hell (Inferno), purgatory (Purgatorio) and heaven (Paradiso). […]

Continue Reading

Italian Restaurant Etiquette

Learning about different cultures, one of the most fascinating aspects is the food culture. A good dining experience is not only about the food you are enjoying, nor the wine and not even the company. There are also the social circumstances and local etiquette to consider. Seeing how the locals dine is yet another cultural […]

Continue Reading

Q: What do Audrey Hepburn and Australian writer Tim Winton have to do with Florence and Artviva?

A: Lisa Clifford, Artviva Festival presenter and Australian-turned-Tuscan-local author. Lisa recently interviewed Audrey Hepburn’s son in relation to his current work with Australian author Tim Winton. Below we have enclosed a copy of the article. Special thanks must be given to both Lisa Clifford and to Perth’s Sunday Times newspaper for this article:

Continue Reading

Where to find Michelangelo in Florence

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was born into an historical Florentine family, and lived for some years near Piazza Santa Croce. Some of his greatest works were made here in this city of art. The great result is that the city is still peppered with magnificent artworks. Here are some places where you can find Michelangelo’s home […]

Continue Reading