Michelangelo’s David is considered by many as the greatest artwork ever made. Its creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), was pretty great too. Not only was he a sculptor, but also a painter (think, Sistine Chapel), architect (dome of St Peter’s Basilica), and even penned a few poems in his time. Nearly a century prior to the […]
According to UNESCO, Italy is home to more than half of the world’s most important artworks, and around half of those are in Florence alone. Some of them, being centuries old, are in desperate need of restoration. For the past 16 years, the Friends of Florence organisation has been dedicated to identifying important works in […]
Italy is said to house more than half the world’s greatest artworks. But they are not all locked away in museums. Here is a tiny selection of statues seen in some of the streets and piazzas of Italy and the Vatican that go towards the 100,000 or so monuments in Italy. We’ve thrown in a […]
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 […]
We in Florence have much to be thankful for. Therefore this Thanksgiving in Florence, Italy we are paying it forward by offering two special tours on 22nd November, 2012 to raise money for the Robert Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
For the last decade or so, Roberto Benigni, the Italian Oscar-winning actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, singer and all-round nice guy has undertaken the enormous challenge of bringing Dante to the masses. And, as possibly only a guy with such a smile could do, by gosh, he has succeeded.