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Female Perspectives at Palazzo Pitti

09-03-2019

'Female Perspectives. Women of Talent and Commitment' is the new exhibition open from March 7 to May 26 at Palazzo Pitti, to celebrate Women's Day, which tells the thousand facets of the female universe between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibition moves the steps from the National Unity, a...

Antony Gormley is back: ESSERE at the Uffizi Gallery

02-03-2019

If you happen to walk by Piazza della Signoria these days and in looking up you see a man on the Uffizi terrace, above the Loggia dei Lanzi: do not panic. It is not someone on the verge of suicide, it is only a sculpture by Antony Gormley, part of...

Carnevale desserts: Cenci

22-02-2019

During Carnevale each of us should let go and have fun, no more diets, but rather, it is time to indulge in more sweets! That's why there are so many pastry preparations related to this period. In particular, a dessert everpresent at carnival in Tuscany, are "cenci" (rags), sweet fried...

Baci: the chocholates of lovers

16-02-2019

Here in Italy they are a big hit, even almost 100 years after their creation. We mostly give them as presents for Saint Valentine’s day, but also on Mother’s Day and a variety of other occasions. In fact, we love them so much, that we eat them all year round....

Medici Chapels: the Chapel of the Princes

10-02-2019

The Medici Chapels complex is part of the Basilica of San Lorenzo and includes the New Sacristy designed by Michelangelo in 1519, and the grandiose Chapel of the Princes built in the seventeenth century. Hard to decide which space is the most beautiful, the first emblem of formal purity, the...

GIORNI DELLA MERLA

02-02-2019

Once upon a time, female blackbirds were white as snow, but during one particularly harsh winter their appearance changed forever. January, was a cruel month, cold and unforgiving, especially towards the little animals that struggled to survive to see another spring. Food was scarce, and snowstorms were frequent and the...

A reflection on the origin of modern fashion

27-01-2019

How we dress, how we style our hair, how we decorate our body, is nowadays a personal choice, but in the past, there were rules to follow and it was not possible to appear in public dressed in inappropriate clothing. Besides, dressing nicely was not a necessity, clothes were just...

Animalia at Palazzo Pitti

11-01-2019

photo credit: © Antonio Quattrone At Palazzo Pitti, fashion and zoology merge beyond the simple animalier, creating an imaginative and unusual natural history museum. Almost 100 pieces of haute couture made between 2000 and 2018, compose the exhibition itinerary of Animalia, inaugurated on January 8 and open until May 5....

Recipes of the tradition: Gnudi

23-12-2018

Traditional Tuscan dishes never disappoint, always substantial, simple but tasty. They do not allow themselves to be corrupted by peculiar and refined ingredients, by embellishments and superfluous additions, they go straight to the point and above all to the taste! Gnudi are one of the many dishes of our territory...

Leonardo and the Codex Leicester at the Uffizi

14-12-2018

The Leonardo Da Vinci painter of the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and many other paint masterpieces is very well known. Not the same can be said for the Leonardo da Vinci inventor. Leonardo was a particularly intelligent man, with an unusual thirst for knowledge fueled by a great curiosity...

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