Florence Festival: San Giovanni Battista, Patron Saint of Florence

Florence’s patron saint is no less than St John the Baptist – San Giovanni Battista – and with June 24 being the feast day of St John the Baptist, Florence is set to go all out with celebrations. This year marks the 2nd Festa della Cultura San Giovanni_Battista, a cultural festival organised by i Buontalenti group, […]

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Dolce & Gabbana sentenced to prison time

Next year’s great fashion trend may well be prison chic! Top fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to 20 months prison in Italy. They have been found guilty of tax evasion after Italian authorities claim the pair hid millions. Dolce and Gabbana have denied all charges. Italian authorities began investigating Dolce […]

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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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Dan Brown ‘Inferno’ Inspires Artviva Inferno Florence Tour – See AFP NEWS Video

Journalist Dario Thuburn interviewed Artviva about the impact Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ will have on Florence tourism after Artviva launched the first and original Dan Brown Inferno Tour. See the short video below featuring Dan Brown and one of Artviva’s fab guides – the amazing Elisabetta. Artviva Tours: the first in Florence to offer an Exclusive […]

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Inferno: Vasari, Dante & the Battle of Marciano

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Nowadays Tuscany is synonymous with relaxing vacations involving wine tastings, long lunches in a hilltop town and meandering about the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine. However, some of the most quaint Tuscan villages actually share a long and violent history involving bloody battles, deep deceptions and  frightening feuds that spanned centuries. Some of these […]

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