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Giuseppe Veneziano in Pietrasanta - The Blue Banana, when art is also fun

Pietrasanta is a small town 100 km from Florence, near the sea and at the foot of the Apuan Alps, from where the marble, that all Tuscan monuments have been built with, has been extracted for centuries. It has always been frequented by many artists, in the past even by...

Beyond the Renaissance in Florence - Leonardo Savioli's modern tower house in via Piagentina 29

Leonardo Savioli (1917 - 1982) was one of the most important Florentine architects. Great illustrator, abstract expressionist and informal painter, professor at the University of Florence. He had graduated with Giovanni Michelucci and had participated in the planning of the Urban Development Plan of Florence in the years after the...

Curiosities of Florence: buchette del vino

Walking down the streets of Florence you might have seen them...tiny arched shaped doors on the walls of buildings in the city center. Many wonder what they are, even some florentines don't know their history. They are called "buchette del vino" (litterally "wine holes"), closed with little wooden doors and...

Street Art in Florence - A mural against incivility

Summer 2019. Antella, an ancient village of 3000 inhabitants a few kilometers from Florence. A middle school named after Francesco Redi (1626 -1697), Tuscan scientist considered the founder of experimental biology. One morning the town wakes up to find the walls of this school vandalized, smeared with vulgar drawings and...

The Trees in verse by Giuseppe Penone at the Uffizi Gallery and in Piazza della Signoria

The monumental installation by Giuseppe Penone entitled Abete, which has been in Piazza della Signoria since March, has already been talked about. A majestic tree, over 22 meter high, in steel and bronze. The installation of it in the square was only the preview of the artist's exhibition that is...

Street Art in Florence - Elephant with fiery eyes

The elephant is a subject that is rarely found in Florence, Florentine writers generally prefer to depict aquatic creatures, monkeys, snakes, insects and hybrids. This is a work that comes form that street art open-air museum that is the Varlungo Viaduct. The skillful play of light and shadow gives three-dimentionality...

Beyond the Renaissance in Florence - The Opera di Firenze and the Maggio Musicale

The New Opera Theater has replaced the old Municipal Theater, the work of the engineer Telemaco Bonaiuti, which dated back to 1862. The old building was no longer considered to be up with the times, especially from a technical and safety point of view and was no longer able to...

Street Art in Florence - Lorenzo Orsetti, Orso, Tekoşer Piling, a Florentine hero

This mural refers to a tragic story of our day. Orso, i.e. Lorenzo Orsetti (1986 - 2019) was a Florentine boy who died on March 18, 2019 in Al-Baghuz Fawqani, in northern Syria (Rojava), where he had gone to fight against ISIS, together with the Kurdish militia Popular Protection Unit...

Photographic exhibitions at Forte Belvedere: Ieri, oggi, domani. Italia autoritratto allo specchio

After a year of pandemic and social distancing, Forte Belvedere reopens with Ieri, oggi, domani. Italia autoritratto allo specchio, a project of the Museo Novecento born under the artistic direction of Sergio Risaliti. The project includes two photographic exhibitions, open simultaneously at the Forte Belvedere from 25 June to 10...

Street Art in Florence - Angels and gods in Sorgane

We're at a bus stop in a suburb of Florence, very far from the center. But it's not just any neighborhood, it's Sorgane. A large suburb of public housing built between 1962 and 1968 by the most famous Tuscan architects of the twentieth century: Giovanni Michelucci, Leonardo Ricci, Leonardo Savioli...

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