HISTORY/Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici
February 18 and 22
On the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Luisa (1677-1743), the last of the Grand Ducal branch of the Medici, the Municipality of Florence, the Metropolitan City of Florence and MUS.E - thanks to a collaboration with the Uffizi Galleries and the Sistema Museale dell’Ateneo Fiorentino - present three special initiatives to deepen the knowledge of this extraordinary woman. The meetings "with" the Palatine Electress will take place on February 18 at 3, 4 and 5pm in the Sala del Fiorino at Palazzo Pitti. While on February 22, the meetings will be held at 10.30 and 11.30am at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, and at Villa La Quiete at 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30pm, when free guided visits will take place. It is thanks to her that Florence's immense heritage remains within the city and therefore the cultural institutions come together to celebrate this important gift. On February 18, access to all Florentine Civic Museums is free. For the guided tours, reservation is required at Palazzo Pitti and Palazzo Medici Riccardi: T: 055 2768224; [email protected] and Villa La Quiete: T: 055 2756444; [email protected]
For more information see here.
The travelling exhibition of Egyptian glories comes to Florence from February 15-June 2. The rich and intriguing culture of Ancient Egypt is represented in an immersive experience with both reproductions from Cairo, and original finds made available by the National Archaeological Museum of Florence. 3D technology and innovative Virtual Reality experiences will reveal all the secrets of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, making known the incredible treasures destined to accompany the young pharaoh on his last journey. Highlights include a reconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb, the painted wooden sarcophagus of Padihorpakhered (on display for the first time) and the virtual visit in which, by holding two controllers, you can recreate Howard Carter's great moment of discovery. See www.palazzomediciriccardi.it for more.
Carriage Gallery, Palazzo Medici Riccardi,
via Camillo Cavour, 3, Florence
The music, folklore, masks and fantastic colours of the historic Carnival of Aliano comes to Florence. Aliano, a small village of 930 inhabitants in Basilicata, is renowned for having once been host to the writer Carlo Levi during his period of confinement, and subsequently the subject of some of his best works. The Alianese Carnival is travelling throughout Italy from January 16 to March 1, and this is its Florentine stop, bringing an intriguing and exciting cultural event to the Mercato Centrale Firenze. Starting at 6pm in piazza del Mercato Centrale, the entertainment will begin with music by the U Cirnicchiu group and of the Amarimai, launching the festivities with the typical horned masks linked to Greek mythology. The masks recreate demonic creatures whose threatening character is somewhat diminished by colourful hats and clothing, inspired by the peasant and pastoral tradition. For more info see www.mercatocentrale.it/firenze.
Mercato Centrale, piazza del Mercato Centrale,
via dell'Ariento, Florence
Cheers to wine season! Connoisseurs and the curious come to the Consorzio Vino Chianti’s splashy showcase, Chianti Lovers (www.consorziovinochianti.it) on February 16 when the Fortezza da Basso becomes a temple for wine lovers as the new Chianti D.O.C.G. 2018 and Riserva 2017 are presented for tasting. This is one wine-filled month: the Chianti Classico Collection also holds its preview event at Stazione Leopolda (www.chianticlassico.com). Over 200 producers present over 740 wines to sample (we do not recommend trying to taste them all!). Chianti Classico Collection is open to the public February 18 from 2 to 8pm. Read more about the Tuscan wine preview week on page 26.
Fortezza da Basso and Stazione Leopolda
For where to find romance in the Renaissance city, have a look at our amore-filled picks here.