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The fourth regional Censis report has indicated that Tuscans have been quick in addressing the challenges of the global economy. Statistics show that from 2000 to 2006, 80 percent of new businesses launched involved high technology applications. The entrepreneurial spirit seems strong in the immigrant community: the number foreigners who
Noted art critic Vittorio Sgarbi finally got his wish. The controversial exhibition of gay art that caused havoc among city councilors in Milan will soon be opening in Florence.
Entitled Vade retro: art and homosexuality, the exhibit will begin on October 23 at the Liberty della Stazione building. It
The whole of Italy celebrates the height of summer holidays on August 15, the day known as Ferragosto. Although many younger-generation Italians have forgotten the origins of this once-religious feast, it traditionally honored the Virgin Mary’s assumption into heaven. Mary’s divine immortality and the art representing it has been on my mind since Timothy Verdon’s […]
Until October 1, 2017, the Bargello Museum is hosting an unprecedented exhibition of porcelain pieces from the collection at the Ginori Manufacture. “The Production of Beauty”, the show’s title, offers visitors a rare glimpse at several of these pieces, shown alongside the works that inspired them, creating previously unseen comparisons with the waxes, terracottas or bronzes that […]
Relations between Florence and Ravenna have been somewhat strained for, believe it or not, seven centuries. The reason is because one of Florence’s most illustrious native sons, Dante Alighieri, is buried in Ravenna instead of in his hometown. On their part, the citizens of Ravenna argue that he should remain where he is, with them: […]