As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous works including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to Michelangelo’s Creation of Man on the Sistine Chapel […]
The morning sun glows off the façades of the Florentine buildings, rendering brilliant the typical pale citrus tones of their façades. The street sweepers have just passed by on their morning trail, leaving an almost after-the-rain freshness about the air. And on the streets, almost no one.
Subject of songs (lots & lots of songs!) and several films, the alluring smile of the Mona Lisa has captivated people’s hearts, minds and immagination since Leonardo da Vinci put paint to poplar panel in the 1500s. Whilst the Musèe du Lourve has labelled the Mona Lisa as ‘Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco […]
In Italy, when there is a birth in the family, the proud parents and grandparents put a pink or blue ribbon accordingly on the front door of their home, with details of the new addition to the family such as the name, birth date and birth weight. The Musèe du Lourve is not quite ready […]
Italian Christmas Traditions: ‘La festa della concezione immacolata’, Christmas trees and a typical Tuscan recipe!
La festa della concezione immacolata di Maria (the Feast Immaculate Conception of Mary) is a Catholic festival day in celebration of the conception of Mary, sans mortal sin. In Italy, the day is a public holiday. Since this year, the day falls on a Wednesday, many Italians are taking a few extra days off […]