Florence’s Seedy Underbelly: Sex, Drugs & Renaissance

Sex, Drugs and the Renaissance

You may be surprised to know that the Renaissance had more than its fair share of debauchery! In Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, some of the most rich and famous led shocking lifestyles that line the seedy underbelly of Florence’s past. This was a time when a scandal really was scandalous, and when acts that […]

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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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WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

7th November, 2012 is WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, a global initiative being celebrated with special events, communications and consumer promotions, demonstrating the tourism industry’s determination to make a real difference. Since its introduction five years ago, WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has captured the hearts […]

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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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