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A Dream of Contemporary Art

January 13, 2015 by Lourdes Flores

We have highlighted some of this artist’s work before, sharing his “mash-up” creations on our Instagram and Facebook. His name is Andrea, known as “@pomo_fi” on Instagram, and you can get a chance to see some of his incredible unique works of contemporary art for a few more days at the Merlino Bottega d’Arte at Le Murate, and if you fall in love with one of his unique masterpieces, buy one to take home! The show ends January 17, but if you can’t make it, you can still see more of his work through his Instagram profile.  You can also read a recent interview between our own Elena from Florence with Flair and Andrea here.

I went to take a peek yesterday, here’s Andrea in front of one of my favorites (“Through the Stars”) and a few more I particularly liked.

Free Museums the First Sunday of Every Month

January 2, 2015 by Lourdes Flores

David at the Accademia Gallery

Welcome to 2015 and our first post of the year!! We start off reminding everyone of the possibility of enjoying free admittance at your favorite museums this year…

In case you missed the news back in July 2014, every first Sunday of the month all State-run museums in Italy are free! For everyone!! All over Italy, not just Tuscany.

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Visit Florence on Instagram: The Best Shots from 2014

December 29, 2014 by Cristina Romeo

In 2014, Visit Florence used Instagram to share Florence through the most beautiful pictures made each day in the city, sharing our team’s own photos as well as those by the many visitors who spend a few days in the city and by local insiders, citizens living Florence every day who still portray it in new and unusual ways.

Our project counts over 11.000 followers, a wonderful success we celebrate and share with our readers who might not be on IG with the most beautiful images that have accompanied us this past year.

With these 12 shots of Florence, we virtually toast with all of you the end of 2014 and, of course, wish to inspire you in the new year ahead! Continue to follow us and tag your photos #visitflorence so that we can share them with everyone ;-).

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A Year of Dream Shots on Instagram for Discover Tuscany

December 29, 2014 by Cristina Romeo

To celebrate the end of 2014, we’re gathering some of the best pictures that our staff and our followers have shared on Instagram using the hashtag #discovertuscany.

In less than a year, our Discover Tuscany account on Instagram has published over 500 stunning images of Tuscany, showing the many beautiful places of our region, from the worldwide famous cities to the more hidden or unknown corners.

We’ve collected 12 shots that were published on which received the most “likes” and comments, images that have made all of us dream and remained in our hearts. We share them here to inspire you on your travels to Tuscany in 2015 – see you soon!

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Art for a Year: Firenze 2015, Un Anno ad Arte

December 23, 2014 by Lourdes Flores

View of a port, from the Cocarelli Codex. A port from northern Italy or Black sea at the end of the 14th c. Watercolor-painted scroll from the National Museum of the Bargello

A new year is almost here, a new year of more art than you knew existed in Florence to discover!
Florence is home to priceless treasures and masterpieces and you’re likely already including several in your itinerary.

In addition to a museum’s permanent collection, most of the major state museums in Florence organize major temporary exhibits throughout the year. You’ll thus get a chance to see a collection of works from across Italy and the world come together under a specific theme or for a single artist.

For 2015, there are 8 major exhibits planned across the State museums in Florence. This is not an extensive list of all of the other exhibits organized in the city and smaller museums but we’ll write about those later on. You can always check what is currently on in our articles on exhibitions in Tuscany and for Florence here.

Without further ado, here is a preview into the exhibitions that will be held in 2015 at the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Bargello, and Palazzo Pitti museums – the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art and Silver Museum.

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InContrada, A Chance to Go Inside the Contradas in Siena

November 25, 2014 by Lourdes Flores
Palio in Costume

The Palio in Historical Costumes - Photo credit Giulia Brogi

One of the first things that comes to mind when one thinks of Siena is the Palio.

The Palio horse race is run twice every year, on July 2nd and August 16th, around the Piazza del Campo.
All of Siena comes out to participate and celebrate on those days, hoping for a victory to show off and rub at their “enemy” contrada for the rest of the year. There are many tourists that come to see and experience the atmosphere in Siena on the days of the Palio, and visitors are welcome. But one of the most important things to remember about the Palio is that it is NOT a tourist event and that it is not a show put on for outsiders. It is an event around which Sienese build their entire life around, year in and year out. A Siena citizen is born into and baptized into a Contrada and they are members for life! There are rival Contradas as well as alliances between Contradas (something we will try to explain further in an upcoming article) and these influence your life – if you’re a citizen of Siena, of course!

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Waiting for a tasty weekend in Florence

November 21, 2014 by Cristina Romeo

The Biennale Enogastronomica Fiorentina is certainly one of the more interesting events taking place this November in Florence, as wehad already written in this article about the main initiatives of the month but this weekend of the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of November seems to be particularly intriguing.

Aromas and flavors are going to invade two wonderful locations, Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the Tepidarium Roster in the Horticultural Garden with two foodie events that I strongly recommend you experience!

The Market of Flavors and Crafts

Starting today and continuing this Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 9pm in Piazza Santa Maria Novella you will find the “Market of the Flavors and Crafts” (Mercato dei sapori e dei mestieri) that will offer visitors and Florentines alike a selection of food delicacies and excellent crafts made in Tuscany and beyond. Admission is free.
Perfect for starting your Christmas shopping, right?
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Crazy for the Pazzi in Santa Croce

November 18, 2014 by Lourdes Flores

I love the Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce, every time I go back I have a chance to remind myself of why this is so: from the wonderfully colorful frescoes in the Cappella Maggiore by Agnolo Gaddi to those in the Bardi and Peruzzi chapels by Giotto (which don’t seem to have been painted over 600 years ago) to the inspiring monuments and tombs of some of the greatest Italians of our past – including Michelangelo! The last 10 years have seen lots of renovations and changes within the museum; every visit to Santa Croce just keeps getting better as you can enjoy works you’ve seen before but in a new light, including the new placement of Giotto’s heavily 1966 flood-damaged Crucifix in the Sacristy.

The next restoration project

Continuing with renovation works, the 15th century Loggia of the Pazzi Chapel designed by Brunelleschi is next in line and truly innovative is the way public support is being called to help raise the remaining funds missing for the project. Yesterday, the Opera di Santa Croce launched a truly unique crowdfunding project called #CrazyforPazzi on Kickstarter, the largest platform for crowdfunding on the Internet today. Anyone can thus pledge any amount over a dollar although there are set amounts that will get you rewards, such as family tickets, lithographs, commemorative medals, private visits to the restoration site and an invitation to the inaugural event for sponsors when restoration is complete.

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Several Tuscan restaurants enter into the new Michelin guide 2015

November 6, 2014 by Cristina Romeo

On Tuesday, November 4, the new Italian edition of the Michelin Guide for 2015 was presented, one of the most cited food reference guides in the world. The famous red guide dedicated to the best Italian restaurants this year celebrates 60 years and moves with the times, becoming even an APP that will be launched soon.

The Michelin guide takes a look at a number of Italian restaurants, awarding the most deserving of the coveted Michelin “stars” (stars can be from one to three). Among more than 6000 restaurants rated by the reviewers of the guide, just over 300 this year have received valuable recognition, which identifies the true gastronomic delights in our beautiful country.

There are great news, or more correctly “yummy good” news for Tuscan restaurants that will have foodies looking for new destinations during their time in Tuscany.
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Urban Trekking: Getting to Know the Towns through City Walks

October 23, 2014 by Lourdes Flores

In it’s 11th edition, “Trekking Urbano” is a national day when several towns across all of Italy organize guided walking visits of their town to explore their town, including known and off-the-beaten-path areas of town. Siena in Tuscany was one of the first cities in Italy to adopt this initiative, and has developed several itineraries every year to explore the beautiful medieval town, each with a slightly different theme.

This fall, the Urban Trekking National Day falls on Friday, October 31st. In Tuscany, three towns are participating: Manciano, Pistoia and Siena. This edition’s theme is a day of remembrance of the history and impact of the Great War (as World War 1 is remembered) on these towns, 100 years since it first began. Each of the towns was touched in a different way and thus each itinerary is quite unique.

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