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“The Mona Lisa is so universally known and admired by everyone that I have been very tempted to use it to cause a scandal. I tried to make those moustaches really artistic.” —Marcel Duchamp on his 1919 “readymade” work L.H.O.O.Q. The exhibition underway at Pisa’s Palazzo Blu is not for the art initiate […]
As frequent flyers from Pisa Airport, we tend to enjoy a plate of pasta before leaving home or, at a push, at Galileo Galilei’s overpriced first-floor restaurant. Because, as my husband reminds me, “Non si mangia bene a Pisa”. Call me skeptical, but I find it difficult to digest that a Tuscan city with […]
From anniversaries commemorating Leonardo da Vinci, Caterina de’ Medici and Cosimo I de’ Medici to local elections, the best of basketball, Ed Sheeran and the opening of that tramline to the airport, 2019 in Florence looks more alluring than ever. Anniversaries Everyone’s talking about The Big One—500 years since the […]
With the quincentenary of Leonardo’s death coming up in 2019, numerous museums in Florence and beyond are organizing initiatives and celebrations. Here are three to look forward to in Tuscany. At Palazzo Strozzi Commencing March 8 and running through July 14, the big spring exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, Verrocchio, the Master of […]
The mover and shaker of Italy’s mixology scene, Florence’s holiday drinks will have you toasting the town all winter long. The truffle one Savini Tartufi Truffle Restaurant, Via Porta Rossa 19 FB Savini Tartufi – Firenze The name: Truffle Martini Cocktail The backstory: Noël Coward famously said, “A perfect martini should be made […]