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Far from the madding crowd: the Grotta Braschi

If you are attending one of our courses, take a break and stroll at --- GROTTA BRASCHI. Twenty minutes walking from the main square of Fiesole along via Giuseppe Verdi, you enter the woods at a certain point and reach the Grotta Braschi, the most spectacular stone quarry in the...

Far from the madding crowd: Villa Strozzi

If you are attending one of our courses, take a break and stroll at --- VILLA STROZZI. The villa and the large park were one of the private residences of the Strozzi family, built in the mid-16th century by Giovan Battista di Lorenzo Strozzi. The Strozzi were a family of...

Street Art from the Florentine Walls --- Tomorrow will be worse

TOMORROW WILL BE WORSE --- Street art in Florence, the city of art, where even the walls become canvases. Artistic interventions, ephemeral art, destined to be canceled, but sometimes noteworthy. This work belongs to a particular category of Street Art, close to Sticker Art. The image, certainly made with the...

5 Greek myths in Art

Admiring a work of art and understanding a work of art are two very different things. Of course, understanding art is not easy, but at least as far as the works of the past are concerned, it helps that the artists often used a few recurring themes. Knowing at least...

The “Acculata Stone”, a very creative punishment!

Right in the center of the Loggia del Porcellino, in the floor,  there is a marble disk depicting a cart wheel. It indicates the point where the "carroccio" (cart) was placed with the insignia and flags of the Florentine Republic, where the army gathered in case of war. But the...

Out of town --- The Burraie and the Madonna's Roses

Do you have a day off? Take a ride to --- THE BURRAIE AND THE MADONNA'S ROSES. Half an hour by car or bus from Florence, above the Santa Brigida Village, you will find the "Ring of the Burraie", a 16-kilometer equipped trakking route through woods, meadows, rocks and beautiful...

Tips far from the madding crowd --- The Anconella Park

If you are attending one of our courses, take a break and stroll at: THE ANCONELLA PARK --- Mainly formed by a wood of beautiful white poplars, it extends for several kilometers on the left bank of the Arno, on the eastern city outskirts. Very popular, it offers beautiful views...

Street Art from the Florentine Walls --- Goofy

GOOFY ---  Street art in Florence, the city of art, where even the walls become canvases. Artistic interventions, ephemeral art, destined to be canceled, but sometimes noteworthy. In these dark times of pandemic, the funniest Walt Disney character, loved by all children and adults, greets us with a large and high...

Leonardo da Vinci's wine was cloudy and hard to digest

An original letter from Leonardo da Vinci has come down to us, we try to give here a translation. It speaks of wine, the wine he himself produced in Fiesole:"From Milan to Zanobi Boni, my farm manager. 9 December 1515. The last four jars were not as expected and I...

Florentine Gothic masterpieces: Giotto's Bell tower

We very often talk about Brunelleschi's spectacular Dome - an unrivaled architectural enterprise- the largest masonry dome ever built to date. Sometimes, however, we forget the other architectural masterpiece that sits right next to it: Giotto's Bell Tower!   It was July 18, 1334 when Giotto began to lay the...

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