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January 16, 2022

Mozart and Figaro in Vienna: a sumptuous new musical play by Hershey Felder

Imagine two hours of operatic entertainment interspersed with humour in the comfort of your own home: that’s what Canadian creative genius Hershey Felder has achieved in his latest (and perhaps greatest) musical film to be shot entirely in Florence.         Mozart and Figaro in Vienna begins with a dusty scene set in […]
January 15, 2022

Art as a spiritual experience

“The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. Art is the transforming experience.” —Joseph Campbell, Reflections on the Art of Living     What is it about Florence that makes us feel exhilarated, alive and connected to something beyond ourselves? The late Joseph Campbell, renowned American author on mythology and […]
December 21, 2021

Start your day the best way with a Tuscan breakfast

Breakfast is often your first taste of Tuscany and it’s long been regarded as the most important meal of the day. A tourist attraction in itself, look out for authentic and traditional foods bearing the Vetrina Toscana logo and short descriptions at hotels and agriturismos on your next overnight stay in Tuscany. Serving breakfast based […]
November 24, 2021

IN BOTTEGA launches online shopping connection with artisans

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new platform designed to bring artisans of the Oltrarno together with discerning shoppers – IN BOTTEGA. The pandemic has led to an increased demand for online access to artisanal work, but not all artisans have an online presence, which severely limits access to their creative products and […]
November 9, 2021

Alternative art tour of Pisa

There’s far more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower, the sweeping curve of the River Arno and Galileo Galilei Airport. The Florentine spent a day exploring all things artistic in Pisa on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s regional tourism board.         Keith Haring remains a permanent presence in Pisa due to […]
October 22, 2021

Le Arti Orafe: where the next generation of jewellers are forged

Chinking metal on metal and hissing naked flames form the soundtrack to lab time at the Oltrarno’s LAO – Le Arti Orafe jewellery-making school. Turn off bustling via dei Serragli and walk through the centuries-old courtyard into the bowels of the sprawling complex. This is where the next generation of jewellers are forged.     […]
October 7, 2021

The Jewish Community of Florence: from kindergarten to care home

    Freshly baked challah has been carefully wrapped in individual paper packages and arranged in a wicker basket by the entrance into the Jewish Community of Florence. While the copper dome of the Synagogue stands out on the city’s skyline, the community remains relatively little known locally and yet it offers a lifelong commitment […]
July 28, 2021

Artisan Quarter: substance and meaning

As life slowly returns to normal, the Artisan Quarter Association founders and its members are breathing a sigh of relief to have met our primary goal of ensuring all our members’ bottegas survived the pandemic. It has been a group effort and everyone in the association has contributed to its success. We are excited to […]
July 27, 2021

Tabernacle of the Arte dei Rigattieri and Linaioli at Orsanmichele restored

The works were entirely funded by the Associazione Amici dei Musei e dei Monumenti fiorentini.
July 20, 2021

Art of Healing artworks return to San Giovanni di Dio

In June 2021, just two weeks before Advancing Women Artists’ definitive closure, the Ancient Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio in borgo Ognissanti welcomed two newly restored ovals by eighteenth-century artist Violante Ferroni. The Art of Healing began in 2019 and, for AWA, the permanent display of these large-scale works representing charity, new life and […]