What remains – dark discoveries in Florence, Italy

Many may have skeletons in the closet, but it has recently been discovered that one of Florence’s must-see museums has been hiding much more than a metaphorical dark secret. An ancient mass grave holding around 60 skeletons has been found below Florence’s must-see art museum, the Uffizi Gallery. The bones were found by construction workers […]

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Calcio Storico: Florence’s toughest footballers… in those trousers?!

  Florence is getting ready for the latest series of Calcio Storico (also known as Calcio Fiorentino), a unique sport which originated in Tuscany in the 1500s. ‘Calcio’ translates to both ‘kick’ and also to ‘football/soccer’ in Italian, thus ‘Calcio Storico’ can be translated as ‘Historical Football/Soccer’. However, this unique Italian sport is more like […]

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Canti Di Maggio – Mayday Traditional Festivities Tuscany, Italy

May Day is a tradition still alive today in Tuscany, Italy as an allegory of the return to life and rebirth. The magic-propitiatory rite is often done during a questing where, in exchange for gifts (traditionally eggs, wine, food or sweets), the maggianti or maggerini sing auspicious verses to the inhabitants of the houses they […]

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DOs, DON’Ts & OH NO, YOU DIDN’T?!s: Etiquette in Italy

Part of the joys of travel to a foreign land is about immersing yourself in a new culture, embracing alternative ways of living and experiencing differences. As such, part of any preparations for a trip to another land should involve a little research into the do’s and don’ts, the lay of the land you’re travelling […]

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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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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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