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It’s a sign – what to do in Italy

The best way to experience Italy is with the locals. And to do so, there is no better way than to follow the signs. Around cities and small towns, Italians place posters advertising events, markets, concerts, festivals, Renaissance fairs, parades … Continue reading

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Putting the Mo’ on the Mona Lisa….

Mo’ debate has raged about the true identity of Mona Lisa and the meaning behind the painting. (S)he has also inspired a great stache of songs  (lots & lots  of songs!) and several films. But what would Leonardo da Vinci think about seeing his portrait depicted … Continue reading

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Stracciatella – The Streaky, Easy & Tasty Rome Recipe

‘Stracciatella’, when referring to gelato, means choc-chip. It is also a type of creamy cheese from the south of Italy. But when referring to a delicious traditional starter, it is a typical Roman recipe of home-made broth into which an … Continue reading

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Awesome Artichokes & the Sacred Sagra

From the word ‘sacred’ comes the ‘sagra’ – a weekend food festival dedicated to showcasing the best of local cuisine in a casual setting. Going to a sagra is a great thing to do in Italy. It allows you to … Continue reading

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Italian Easter Food Traditions – Long lunches & lamb recipes

Most festivals and special occasions in Italy are marked by the preparation of specialty dishes enjoyed at wonderfully set tables around which all the family gather. Preparations can take days, and in the lead up to special feast days walking … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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New clues in lost Da Vinci saga come to light!

News sites around the world are reporting on the exciting update on the search for the lost Leonardo da Vinci being sought out by our good friend Maurizio Seracini. The Leonardo da Vinci work was started in 1505 and lost … Continue reading

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Great Italian Christmas Traditions: Il Presepio

In many parts of Italy, particularly in the south, you will not find a Christmas tree as the symbol of Christmas, but rather a ‘Presepio’ – a nativity scene. One of our wonderful Rome tour guides, Chris, who has a … Continue reading

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Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze: a sneak preview of Florence’s new Opera House

Florence is a cultural hub rich in traditions of art, artistry, fashion, gastronomy, and music. Florence is actually the birthplace of Opera, with the first opera to be performed being Jacopo Peri’s ‘Dafne’, performed in Florence in about 1597. This … Continue reading

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MONA LISA: ‘Tis the season to be Jolly as ‘La Gioconda’ plays tricks on us again!

Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork of Mona Lisa is possibly one of the most intriguing and debated art works in history. And the theories and ‘findings’ are almost as wonderful as the artwork itself – especially the latest one to emerge … Continue reading

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