What’s on and events in Florence, Italy, including exhibitions, movies, music, travel and more.
In Florence, the tradition of the Scoppio del Carro (the exploding cart) at Easter is as unique as they come.
Imagine a place inhabited since the Stone Age, the site of an ancient Etruscan metropolis whose population exceeded 25,000 people hundreds of years before Christ set foot on the earth. Conquered by the Romans, the Lombards, the Franks, and the Florentines, this is a town which inspired Dante, Boccaccio
The second half of the twentieth century witnessed the steady development of art towards interpenetration with everyday life. Dada and Surrealism influenced postwar generations, especially in Paris where Yves Klein, Arman, Daniel Spoerri and others created anti-heroic work that aimed at unmediated interaction with society. Their openness to chance
Exclusive. Unique. Remarkable. Special: All words most of us adore. For some, these adjectives describe precious gems or fine furs. In Italy, they may refer to the wines of the Valle d’Aosta region. Why? Because some 90 percent of the wine produced in the region never leaves its
This assertion, once guaranteed to create a riot of protest, has been put forth in more political terms by the Regione Toscana. Indeed, during the Quale Museo? conference held in February of last year, officials of the Region’s governing body announced that the focal point of its contemporary
It is just a 20-minute bus ride from the centre of Florence to the Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art in Prato, but a visit to the current retrospective of work by British artist David Tremlett will take you on a far longer journey. Paul Klee talked of &
He raced for three separate teams during his 15-year Formula One career. But in the end, German Michael Schumacher will be forever tied to the Ferrari Scuderia, and to Italy. Why? He won five of his seven World Championships with the Prancing Horse and dominated the world of Formula
Venice—La Serenissima—is extra-ordinary and unique, one of the world’s great sites. Impossibly romantic, it has fascinated art-ists, writers and travellers for centuries. In our traffic-clogged and fast-moving age, its ‘other world-ness’ is still an endless source of
Galleria Continua, located in the heart of Tuscany’s most popular hilltop town, San Gimignano, is a dynamic art gallery that continually offers its visitors some of the most sought-after contemporary art in all of Italy, and indeed the world. At present, the gallery is host to several
Full of cultural, geological and natural history, the island of Capraia is truly one of Tuscany’s most magnificent locations. One of the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, Capraia was formed, according to ancient legend, when the Tyrrhenian Venus, the god-dess of beauty and love,
When Enrico Caruso sang Andrea Chenier from the windows of Bellosguardo, he looked out on the blue Tuscan sky and the green hills of Lastra a Signa. The famous tenor bought the villa in 1906 because of the peacefulness of the area and because the dry air would be good
Siena has a more insular and less forthcoming atmosphere than Florence – but it’s one you definitely should get to know. If you have little time to spend in the city, use it wisely by wandering the steep and twisting streets, viewing the numerous palazzi, the Duomo, the
Most people are familiar with the masked revellers at the Carnevale in Venice, but another truly fantastic celebration ofCarneVa (literally meaning the “meat goes”) is held each year in the Tuscan coastal city of Viareggio. Here the stars of the show are the spectacular papier-mâch&