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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 … Continue reading

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Romance Made to Measure – Valentine’s Day in Italy

Everyone has their own idea of what is romantic. For some, it’s red roses and chocolates. And if you like red, roses and chocolates, that’s great. However, if you’re looking for some out-of-the-chocolate-box ideas for the most romantic day of … Continue reading

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Florence by Night – beautiful in any light

Reason we love Florence #4837 is the way her beauty and charm changes, not only with the seasons, the months of the year and with each day of the week, but also with the time of day. Pre-bustle, the only … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Putting his foot in it: Bronzino in Florence&Bronzino in Monte Python

Agnolo Bronzino, the artist whose real name was Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, is about to have his works exhibited at Palazzo Strozzi. Bronzino’s claim to pop-culture fame is the use of a foot from his ‘Venus, Cupid, Folly and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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THOSE RUDE ROMANS – When swearing is caring

Going out for a meal, be it in your home town or in Italy, is a treat. Even if you love cooking, to be able to sit back and relax whilst someone serves you expertly prepared food, is just heavenly. … Continue reading

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An Artist in a Renaissance Villa -Studio Visit

Today we were privileged to visit artist Donatella Mei at her stunning renaissance villa, studio and gardens near Florence. Donatella Mei was born in Florence where today she lives and works. Mei received degrees in Classical sudies and Art but she has … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Visit Tuscan Villas and Gardens for free!

From the 17th of June until the 14th of November visitors to Florence will have the opportunity to visit various gardens and villas normally closed to the public for free. Every Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm … Continue reading

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