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Countdown Begins for Big Game 2016

February 5, 2016 by Lourdes Flores

Are you looking for a place to watch the Game this Sunday, February 7, as the Denver Broncos go against the Carolina Panthers? What better way than to do so in the atmosphere of an American diner than at the Hard Rock Cafe just off Piazza della Repubblica?

The final game of the season between the victors of the American Football Conference (AFC) and those of the National Football Conference (NFC) will go LIVE from 11.30pm from the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California on the mega screen at the restaurant. For all football fans, this is the best location to go watch the game as it carries over into the early hours of the morning here in Florence. Why? Because you can enjoy the game food you are used to! A special menu will be on offer with fried chips, wings and chicken tenders with a beer to keep your belly happy during the wee hours of cheering your favorite team.

If you need more details or want to reserve a table for you and your friends, call 055/277841 or email florence_sales2@hardrock.com
If you’re feeling like making it an American night out, you could also head there earlier and have dinner, then hang out until the game starts ;-).

For all VisitFlorence fans, make sure to download our voucher here before you go: you will receive a complimentary Hard Rock collectible gift with a 30 euro minimum order or purchase at the Cafe or at the Rock Shop.

Enjoy the game!

A year of Florence on Instagram: 12 best shots from 2015

December 30, 2015 by Cristina Romeo

2015 is coming to an end and we want to celebrate it with a selection of images of Florence posted on our Instagram profile Visit_Florence!

In the past 12 months, many of you have shared your shots from Florence using the hashtag #visitflorence – we are so excited to also have over 32,000 followers! A year of great growth on many levels, thanks to you, our lovely readers and followers. We are very proud and take this opportunity to thank every one of you virtually!

Curious to see the most representative and appreciated shots for visit_florence on Instagram in 2015? Here they are, month by month:

1. JANUARY

Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset - photo credit @ingrid__83

Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset – photo credit @ingrid__83

2. FEBRUARY

Brunelleschi's Dome captured in a shot of @franktoosinatra

Brunelleschi’s Dome captured in a shot of @franktoosinatra

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One year of Tuscany on Instagram: 12 Best shots of Tuscany

December 30, 2015 by Cristina Romeo

Every day on our profile @discovertuscany on Instagram, we share the most beautiful pictures of Tuscany, taken by us and our followers, and 2015 was a year full of beautiful shots and great growth: our profile is followed by more than 23,000 people, which makes us extremely happy!

Whether you live in Tuscany or you are visiting the region, you can share your shots with us using #discovertuscany as a hashtag to see them published in our gallery!

What are the most significant shots that were the most appreciated in 2015?

Here they are, month by month!

1. JANUARY

The Chapel of Vitaleta in Val d'Orcia - photo credit @tizzia

The Chapel of Vitaleta in Val d’Orcia – photo credit @tizzia

2. FEBRUARY

Piazza Grande in Arezzo - photo credit @cinzi80

Piazza Grande in Arezzo – photo credit @cinzi80

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Mai Visti 2015 Celebrates Hercules

December 28, 2015 by Lourdes Flores

I Mai Visti 2015 at the Reali Poste, Uffizi Gallery

This year’s edition of the “Mai Visti“, or “Never Seen Before”, is focused around Hercules, his strength and importance as a heroic symbol for the city of Florence.

The “mai visti” exhibits organized at the Reali Posti space at the Uffizi Gallery every December through January showcase works from the Uffizi Gallery normally found within its huge deposits and not seen by the general public which are organized around a theme. This year, from December 19th until January 31st, 2016, the temporary exhibit contains 51 works of art that revolve around the theme of Hercules, his heroic feats as well as human weaknesses.

With 9 ancient statues from the Uffizi deposits and from Villa Corsini, there are also incisions, paintings and other works of art that focus on the Labors of Hercules (the Roman name for the Greek hero Heracles) and, in particular, the adoption of his various endeavors as symbols of virtues of the city of Florence, as well as of its rulers, the Medici. Hercules is present in Piazza della Signoria, within Palazzo Vecchio, in the Medici private villa of Castello and even on the Grand Dukes seal, which you can see on exhibit.

If you love art and history – but even if you are still learning to love it – this temporary exhibit is a wonderful occasion to see works of art that are normally on display! Read more on the exhibit here.

The City of Hercules: Mythology and Politics
Le Poste Reali at the Uffizi Gallery
Open every day (except for Mondays, Christmas Day and January 1st)
10 am to 5pm, Free entrance

SYNCHRONICITY at the Palazzo Pretorio in Prato

December 7, 2015 by Sara Boccolini

If you are an art lover of art and are visiting Tuscany, you should not miss the Pretorio Palace in Prato. Within this building is a unique heritage that recounts ths history of the city through works of indescribable beauty.

Visiting its rooms, you may come across works by Bernardo Daddi, Giovanni da Milano, Donatello, Filippo and Filippino Lippi, admire the great altarpieces painted by Santi di Tito and Alessandro Allori and plaster casts by Lorenzo Bartolini and watch two video projections, one on the history of the Palace and the other on the Sacred Cintola, the the relic belt which has become a symbol of the city.

But the Pretorio Palace is also home to temporary exhibitions. And so I went to see SYNCHRONICITY.

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The Future of Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence

December 5, 2015 by Lourdes Flores

Enjoying the view from Piazzale Michelangelo

A radical transformation of Piazzale Michelangelo is coming, with the project of making the terrace a pedestrian-only area. The terrace over the city is a very popular place for both visitors and locals alike who love the spectacular view of Florence at all times at the day, particularly magical at sunset.

Right behind the balustrades where people lean to enjoy the view, the square offers a bronze copy of Michelangelo’s David and of the group of sculptures – Dawn and Dusk, Night and Day – by Michelangelo within the New Sacristy in San Lorenzo. And all around, you’ll find souvenir stands and refreshment trucks, plus over a hundred cars that take advantage of one of the last remaining “free” parking spots in town. All this is about to end.

“The year 2016 will mark the urban and cultural rebirth for the piazza”, said Florence’s mayor, Dario Nardella, as he finally unveiled part of the project that has been rumored about for the past year. Overall, the project will be an investment of over 5 million euro with 2 years of works along the entire hillside, from the piazzale and down the paths that lead all the way down to Piazza Poggi and the tower of San Niccolò.

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20th Century Art in Tuscany at Villa Bardini

December 3, 2015 by Lourdes Flores

Antonio Donghi, Donne sulle scale, 1929

Up until the 10th of January 2016, take the extraordinary opportunity to go admire rarely seen works of art from the 20th century currently being hosted at the beautiful Villa Bardini in Florence. It is the chance to see quiet exhibit in the uncrowded rooms within the apartment of the villa, as well as enjoy the wonderful views of the city below, views that rival those seen from across the hill from the Piazzale Michelangelo.

Named “Toscana ‘900: From Rosai to Burri, Innovative Itineraries through Florentine Collections“, I was invited along with 3 other bloggers to visit the exhibit in the company of one of the curators of the exhibit, Lucia Mannini. She and co-curator Chiara Toti, were aware that there were many works of art from this time period collected privately, and set out to locating them (and then getting permission to gain access, and then again to borrow). These works belong to private banks, Florence’s two major art schools and private homes, as well as within the archives of libraries that require special access. This is what makes the exhibit quite special, as it is unlikely these particular set of paintings, drawings, books and sculptures will ever be together again… and many unlikely to be shown in public ever again!

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Uffizi and Accademia open December 7th

December 1, 2015 by Lourdes Flores

accademia-5

Both museums, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on December 7th to offer visitors to Florence over the long holiday weekend (remember the 8th is the day of the Immaculate) the chance to visit.

The Uffizi and Accademia will be open from 8:15am until 6:50pm (last entrance for the Uffizi is at 6:05pm while for the Accademia it is at 6:20pm). Normal admission cost applies. The day, being a special opening, cannot be booked online – it can only be booked by phone at 055-294-883.

Also remember that the day before, on December 6th, entrance into these two museums but also to other State museums in Florence (such as the Medici Chapels and the Bargello), will be FREE entry to everyone as part of the “Sunday at the Museum” initiative where the first Sunday of every month is free.

If the line is too long on Sunday, we really suggest waiting and going on Monday.

A day exploring the colors & tastes of Florence with Conquibus

November 24, 2015 by Lourdes Flores
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Walk across Ponte Vecchio to enter into the Oltrarno area of Florence

On a recent Friday morning, I had the opportunity to join in on a tour by Conquibus that takes you across Florence to discover artisan shops, traditional food markets and shops and then get your hands busy making a Tuscan meal.

On this morning, the day starts off in the Oltrarno since that is where Stacie, my travel companion this day, is staying. We meet up with Claudia and Leonardo, our hosts for the day, who delineate what the day ahead looks like: breakfast to start, then a visit to the workshop of a local artisan before we proceed to the food market to get what we need to prepare our meal at Claudia’s cooking class.

Breakfast at Caffe degli Artigiani

We head to nearby Caffe degli Artigiani on Piazza della Passera for a delicious slice of cake and cappuccino. You can, of course, skip the cake, but I wouldn’t recommend it. See how yummy it looks? It was delicious! Ricotta and apple. Don’t be fooled by how tiny the cafe shop looks from the outside, as it has a small dining area in the back. Enjoy the delicious start to the day!

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Pope Francis visiting Florence and Prato on November 10

November 7, 2015 by Cristina Romeo

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November 10, 2015 will be a date to remember for Florence: 30 years after the last visit of a Pope, the city will welcome Pope Francis!

The Pope will be in Florence to officially participate in the National Ecclesiastical Congress, but he will also celebrate the Mass in the Artemio Franchi Stadium, which will host more than 50 thousand faithful.

Tuesday will be therefore a very busy, intense day: Pope Bergoglio arrives before 8 am in Prato, where he will visit the Cathedral and the Chapel of the Holy Girdle, then head to Florence where he probably will arrive around 9:45 am.
The Pontiff will visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni and then moved to the Cathedral where he will participate in the National Ecclesial Congress. Around noon, he will be in Santissima Annunziata to pray together with a small group of faithful.
After a quick meal at the table of Charity of St. Francis the Poor in Piazza SS. Annunziata, Pope Francis will head to to the Artemio Franchi stadium to celebrate Mass at 3:30 pm.
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