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San Gimignano celebrates its mediaeval past

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

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Pietrasanta: where masterpieces are moulded

“The hands of the craftsmen give life to marble, bronze, iron, glass or clay: inert raw material takes on expression and feeling. To enter their studios, workshops and foundries always ...

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Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

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

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The Medici story of a European dynasty

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,

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La Compagnia

La Compagnia is Tuscany’s new cinema house dedicated to documentary films and International Festivals.   The avant-garde theater in the historic center of Florence offers the Region’s first preview of ...

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Secrets of a Florentine soundscape

As Florence’s heritage-enriched streets have played host to increasing diversity in visiting admirers, so too has the city’s aural narrative grown increasingly eclectic in nature. The excitable chit-chat derived from ...

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Museums as mediators

From November 8 to 10, twelve museums in seven nations will participate in Museomix, an annual creative “makeathon” that transforms museums into workshops to design and implement innovative mediation tools. ...

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Library resources in Florence

While we’re eagerly awaiting the reopening of libraries on May 18, here’s a round-up of the online resources so we can get our literary kick from home.       ...

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Cenacolo di Sant’Apollonia: A different Last Supper

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 ...

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The Palio problem in Siena

For most of the Divine Comedy, the pilgrim Dante trots after the Roman poet Virgil, who solemnly responds to his wide-eyed questioning. A similar dynamic was at work when I ...

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Exceptional and influential women in early modern Florence

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 ...

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Hiram Powers

Elegant spirituality in content and form as well as purity in the marble from the Seravezza quarries near Carrara is represented in the life-size, female nude in chains called The ...

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Contemporary vintage collections in Florence

Even those who are not interested in fashion and design cannot escape the vividness of Italian vintage in Florence. On almost any corner of every important shopping street, you can ...

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