Art and culture from Florence, Italy, focusing on exhibitions, museums, artisans and more.
Aboriginal Australian Art has a universal theme: dreaming. This concept permeatesAboriginal culture, from ritual to contemporary art. The term refers to the time of creation when Aboriginal people and all of Nature came to be as they are: eternally interconnected with supernatural ancestors who impregnated the world they created with
Buskers on the bridge, gelati and late-night street-eating. For the Grand Tourist, evidently niente cambia. Many travel agents today offer enticing holidays to Europe promising sun or snow, beautiful cities and breath/taking countryside. A relatively recent enterprise one may think, yet it was thanks to Thomas
Florence continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy and Michelangelo’s David the masterpiece everyone wants to see. This is not new. The gigantic scale of the statue has been a source of wonder since Florentines first saw it in 1504. Indeed its size
As an English speaking traveller who has journeyed the length and breadth of Italy over the past four decades—from Viareggio to Brindisi, from Trieste to Catanzaro, and many stops in between—there is one sight that has always had a particularly powerful, literally stunning effect on me
Historically, Tuscany is a region that has always been attractive to artists because of its rich cultural heritage, luminous light, and landscape. The sculpture gardens created during the 1980s and 1990s at the Villa Gori near Pistoia, the Giardino dei Tarrocchi at Pescia Fiorentina, or the Giardino di Spoerri at
The walls of Nuovo San Giovanni Hospital in Scandicci are more welcoming this week thanks to the recent visit of volunteers working with the Atlanta based Foundation for Hospital Art. This is the third time the Foundation has painted at San Giovanni. General Electric Elfuns, and members of the American
Music-lovers detecting distinctly American, red hot licks, funky chops and classic West Coast riffs behind Italian folk hero Vasco Rossi’s rock and Peppino D’Agostino’s finger-style acoustic compositions aren’t imagining things: generating much of the juice, these days, is California-
You can easily go by car, but the best way is to go by foot, as San Zanobi did in the 4th century CE. Starting from Piazza Vingone, where the route of Bus 27 ends, you take Via di Casignano and climb along a winding road lined with stone walls,
Once again this June, San Gimignano – famous for its lofty towers and picturesque streets and squares – celebrates the “Ferie delle Messi,” a pageant that dates back to 1255. This traditional fertility festival features street music, theatre and markets, a costume parade and jousting – a full
Florence is a city with a rich musical past. During the mid-15th century, it was one of the most exciting places in the world to be living and working as a musician thanks to the work of a group of intellectuals known as the Florentine Camerata. They had begun
THE DAWN OF POWER During the 12th and 13th centuries the renewed splendor of urban life in Florence—and its accompanying economic promise—lured many people, nobility and peasant stock alike, from the surrounding countryside. Among those who arrived seeking fortune in the city were the Medici,
The Cenacolo di Sant’Apollonia is an unparalleled urban retreat if you’re looking for a quiet place in which to reflect while being surrounded by soothing beauty. Tucked away down ...
Situated on the south side of the River Arno is a building that requires little introduction: Palazzo Pitti. The majestic yet forbidding façade has contributed to its reputation as one ...