Learning Love from Dante

  Thomas Ricciotti Dante was just 9-years-old when he first glimpsed Beatrice. The historic fact, crucial to Dante’s personal and artistic life, happened at a May Day party at Beatrice’s father’s house. Dante fell in love instantly, al- though on that occasion he did not speak to Beatrice. “From that timeforward, love fully governed my …

A Tradition Dating Back to Roman Times

The roots of St Valentine’s Day stretch back to pre-Christian days to the ancient Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, celebrat- ed on February 15. Dedicated to Rome’s twin founders Romulus and Remus, famously suckled by a she-wolf (lupa), and Faunus, the god of agriculture, the festival involved a rite in which the blood of a …

Monthly Fireworks

The city of Florence announced last January that from January to June each 24th of the month there will be one minute of fire- works. The fireworks taking place on June 24 on occasion of the celebration of Florence’s patron saint Saint John the Baptist will be as long as usual. The initiative, called Aspettando …

Investment in Culture

Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, announced last month that the City Council will invest €19 million for maintenance of historic sites and 40 million for promoting cultural events. The objective of the Council is repeating the successes of 2017, with Flor-ence being named the best city for cultural events by the prestigious Artribune Magazine. “We …

Mika Honored

  Lebanese-born singer Mika was honored the ‘Keys of the City’ of Florence last month. The honorary citizenship – the keys symbolically represent a copy of those that open the main doors of the city – is the culmination of a love story between Mika and Florence, which had its peak in the summer of …

Tastes Delicious

Ten long, sweet days of chocolate of all kinds. It is precisely this the (main) ingredient of the Chocolate Fair taking place in Piazza SS. Annunziata from Friday March 2 to Sunday March 11. This year, which represents a kind of “year zero” for this event begun 14 years ago, the fair will have a …

4 Days of Dances

Danza in Fiera returns at the Fortezza da Basso from Feb. 22-25 This month Florence is tributing dance with one of the biggest events in Europe dedicated to this form of art, Danza in Fiera, which will be returning for its 12th edition at the Fortezza da Basso Feb. 22-25. Professionals, dancers, studios, groups and …

Fantasy, Fairy tales and Frolics

Venice Carnevale returns from Jan. 27-Feb. 13 Every year Venice celebrates its Carnevale with sumptuous masked parades, boat pageants, street theater, performance art and the traditional Festa delle Marie. The tradition of Carnevale recalls the fairy tales drawn to the city from all over the world, highlighting Venice’s role as a crossroad of cultures. It …

Wine Tasting and Painting Session

A Glass of Art combines a painting session with tuscan wine tasting. Art and food lovers will be served in a characteristic 12th century well, turned into an ideal painting studio for the occasion. Lukas, an artist and art instructor at Studio d’Arte Toscanella, will guide you through the process of creating your own artwork …