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Special Openings, Guided tour, Free Entry: Summer at the Academy Gallery!

July 27, 2012 by Sara Turini

The Accademia Gallery is famous all over the world for hosting some of the most important artworks by Michelangelo Buonarroti: the statue of David, the statues of Prisoners and the St.Matthew.

Within the gallery you also find many other works of art from the Renaissace, religious works in the Gothic style and the “Gipsoteca Bartolini”, a room which hosts sculptures in plaster dating back to the 19th-century and the new Department of Musical Instruments, an important collection of instruments that belonged to the Medici and the Lorraine families.

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Discovering the Uffizi Gallery!

July 26, 2012 by Sara Turini

Last week we visited one of the most beautiful museum in the world: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Since the museum hosts a very important quantity of artworks we decided to take a guide to deepen the history of the museum and to discover something new about Florence.

Actually we didn’t want to miss any of the main masterpieces within the museum! The Uffizi can easily become a labyrinth if you don’t know where to go and what to see. Of course a labyrinth in which one gladly get lost!

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Aperitivo ad Arte moves to the Bargello Museum

July 19, 2012 by Sara Turini

You might have heard of the splendid initiative called Aperitivo ad Arte this summer taking place at the Uffizi Gallery on Thursdays in which you can enjoy an exclusive aperitivo or drinks on the panoramic terrace of the Uffizi while visiting the new Blue Rooms dedicated to foreign artists within the museum.

The Uffizi and its aperitivo are about to go on holiday throughout August. Fortunately, the museum administration has found another suggestive location to open up for the month: the National Museum of Bargello!

For the month of August, September and October, the Bargello will also be offering the chance for cocktails within a special setting. Starting on the 1st of August and continuing every Tuesday throughout October 9, the initiative allows you to enjoy an evening out at the museum where you can both savor your drinks while getting the chance to visit the museum’s room dedicated to Michelangelo and to other Renaissance artists and the current exhibition, Fabulae Pictae Miti e storie nelle maioliche del Rinascimento when the museum is closed to normal visitors.

You can reserve a spot (recommended) by calling the following number: 055.294883

Buon Aperitivo ad Arte to all!

Mercantia, Ready to Enter a Fabulous World?

July 11, 2012 by Sara Turini

Mercantia, the most important festival dedicated to the street theatre and to art in all its manifestations, returns this year in its 25th edition.

The Festival will run from July 11 throughout July 15, 2012 in the splendid medieval village of Certaldo, homeland of the writer and poet Giovanni Boccaccio.

It’s not easy to explain the magic atmosphere you can breath within the enchanting medieval village of Certaldo during these 5 unforgettable nights, we highly recommend you to head to the festival and experience it.

The town turns into a magic world, as the one you imagine reading a fairy book.
Walking along the streets of the village is like making a journey back into the past, encountering characters from those times, street artists, pantomimes, actors, dancers, street bands, acrobats, artists walking on stilts and much more…

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Discovering Florence For The First Time

July 10, 2012 by joturnbull

Earlier this summer, I went to Florence for 4 nights. I had never been to this part of Italy before and was excited to discover all it had to offer. It was hard to do this in four days but now that I have sampled a taste and will come back for more!

I stayed in the new Ostel which was right by the station. Everywhere in Florence you can walk to and I certainly did a lot of walking. I even signed up to a walking tour with myTour excursion on my last day which had been organised by the hostel (and was offered at the great price of 25 euro). The tour was supposed to last for 2 hours but it lasted for 3 from 9:30 – 12:30 which was great as we were able to explore so much of the city with our guide, Mario Gesu. Here were just a few of the places we visited on the tour, which I recommend you go to when you next come to Florence.

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Medieval Festival in Monteriggioni this Weekend!

July 6, 2012 by Sara Turini

This weekend, the prestigious Medieval Festival celebrated in the charming walled town of Monteriggioni, north of Siena, returns for the first of two weekends of fun for the whole family!

This 22nd edition will take place over two weekends, this July 6-8 and next weekend July 13-15, 2012 offering a rich program of shows and entertainment.

The streets of the town will host parades in Medieval period costumes and dancers, acrobats, duelists, pilgrims, musicians and more to enliven the atmosphere during the festival.
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Competition has arrived to Italy’s rail system

July 4, 2012 by Lourdes Flores

Up to now, if you’re traveling by train in Italy all you had to choose from was Trenitalia, the state rail company that used to belong to the Italian state but whose management was privatized a few years ago.

Starting at the end of April, travelers started having a new choice for high speed travel between certain cities of Italy called .ITALO.

With its dark red color and with Luca di Montezemolo of Ferrari fame being chairman, the train is being called the “Ferrari train”. A cinema carriage, free Wi-Fi acess throughout the train and luxury leather seats add to the high performance, luxury theme…. but the train is intended to be affordable and accessible to all.

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Summer 2012 to the Sound of Music

June 29, 2012 by Sara Turini

Every summer, Tuscany turns into a big stage on which many influential artists of the musical panorama perform. This is the best season for enjoying many of the things Tuscany offers – a mix of emotions, adventures and entertainment!

This summer is off to a start high a lot of expectations, thanks to the rich calendar of musical events, a paradise for music lovers of every kind.

Here are the main festivals and concerts with their dates and highlights from their calendar for this Tuscan summer of 2012:

Lucca Summer Festival

The Lucca Summer Festival, the most important event in Tuscany, returns this year in its 15th edition from June 29 to July 29, 2012 in Piazza Napoleone in Lucca.

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San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca and More: Do not miss these this Weekend

June 28, 2012 by Cristina Romeo

Battle of the Bridge in Pisa

This summer “under the Tuscan sun” has barely started and it is already very “hot” both as far as weather forecasts goes but also for the the numerous, quality events scheduled around the region every weekend.

Wherever you are this upcoming weekend, you’re surely find some interesting events and things to do, both in the bigger cities as well as the smaller villages.

If you’re looking at what’s on to plan the next few days of your Tuscan holiday, here are some of the best events we’ve selected for you to consider:

Palio della Vittoria in Anghiari

This Friday, June 29th the little village of Anghiari, near Arezzo will live a special feast day.
The local community celebrate the anniversary of the important Battle of Anghiari (maybe you’ve heard of the famous Leonardo da Vinci fresco in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence?) which took place in 1440.
From early in the morning, the narrow streets of Anghiari’s center will host “the trades of the past”, with archers and crossbowmen at disposal to anyone who wants to learn archery, crossbow or the art of swords.
At 6pm the ceremony of the Palio della Vittoria gets off to a start, consisting in a hard uphill run that will start around 8pm from the Cappella della Vittoria (Victory Chapel).
If you are curious to know something more about the Battle of Anghiari, read here.

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A Summer Full of Events at Cerreto Guidi, Starting with the “Night of Isabella” this Saturday

June 26, 2012 by Sara Turini

Cerreto Guidi, a lovely Renaissance village in the province of Florence, offers a special summer rich in various types of events. Its beautiful historical centre will be the setting of many of these interesting initiatives.

Night of Isabella

The first event on the calendar is the upcoming “Night of Isabella, Atmosphere and Mysteries of Cerreto Guidi in the 1500s” this Saturday June 30th, 2012. The event commemorates the unlucky Isabella dei Medici whose mysterious death has led to many legends, including the one where her ghosts still roams around the Villa Medicea.

During the evening, the Villa Medicea in Cerreto Guidi will be open extraordinarily for a guided tour of the villa, to be followed by the reading of the her letters to her husband, Paolo Giordano Orsini.
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