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Escher's visionary worlds in Florence

Creator of visionary, ingenious, impossible worlds, M.C. Escher was one of the most original artists of the 20th century. His woodcuts, lithographies and engravings have now become part of our collective imaginary and still manage to fascinate and amaze today. The great Florentine exhibition, hosted in the halls of the...

The Chimera of Arezzo, an Etruscan masterpiece

The Chimera of Arezzo, was found on November 15, 1553 during the excavation works for the construction of the Medici fortification walls, near the Porta San Lorentino. Cosimo I de' Medici, great collector and art estimator, fell in love with this work so deeply that he decided to personally take...

Olio Nuovo season in Tuscany

Between October and November is the season of the Olio Nuovo or Novello (New Oil), and every Florentine lover of this green gold can't wait for this time of year to arrive in order to get a bottle of it. In fact, getting a large stock of it is no...

Elliott Erwitt in Florence

Villa Bardini hosts another major exhibition dedicated to photography, Elliott Erwitt. Photographs, which celebrates the long career of one of the most famous photographers in the world. A collection of about 70 images personally selected by Ewitt, who celebrated his 94th birthday this year, which capture the perfect moment as...

Mysterious Florence: the window that is always open

If you have been to Piazza Santissima Annunziata you might have noticed a window that remains open all year round, whether it’s summer or winter, so much so that the Florentines have renamed it "the window that is always open".  It is located on the top floor of Palazzo Grifoni,...

Autumn Recipes: Castagnaccio

Autumn is a bittersweet season. Not everyone appreciates the cooler air and the fiery colors of the changing leaves, because that means the end of hot summer days and the arrival of gray skies and rain.    From a culinary point of view though, autumn agrees almost with everyone: pumpkins, chestnuts,...

Olafur Eliasson, nel tuo tempo at Palazzo Strozzi

One of the most important Florentine exhibitions of this season is that of the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, which can be visited at Palazzo Strozzi until January 22, 2023. Olafur Eliasson: Nel tuo tempo is the largest exhibition ever held in Italy by the artist and collects historic and site-specific...

A secret garden in Florence: Giardino Torrigiani

In the Florentine Oltrarno there is one of the largest private gardens in Europe located within the walls of a city, the Torrigiani Garden, which with its surface of almost ten hectares extends into the area between the ancient walls that go from Porta Romana to Piazza Tasso, Via dei...

Pietro Annigoni's painting of Queen Elizabeth II

September 8, 2022, one of the greatest icons of the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II of England, dies. She is perhaps the most famous contemporary personality in the world, certainly known by anyone globally. Everyone recognizes the Queen's face, her brightly colored outfits and her hats. She was a woman...

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