In Memory of ‘The’ Florentine Woman

The Medici government had lasted more than 300 years when it finished with an act of extraordinary importance: the testament that Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, better known as the Electress Palatine, signed in 1743. Anna Maria Luisa De’ Medici is without any doubt the most important woman in the history of Florence. She had …

MURDER IN THE DUOMO:

April 26, 1478: Try to picture yourself as a Florentine attending Easter Mass on a bright Sunday morning. The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is packed with worshipers. People bow their heads in respect as the priest raises the wine-filled chalice towards heaven for the holy act of transubstantiation. In that moment, Giuliano de’ …

Florence in the Blogosphere

While Milan has recently been named “City of the Book and of Reading 2015” to coincide with the Expo 2015 world’s fair, over the course of the last year Florence’s artists and literati have rather carved a niche for themselves on the internet. Expatriate visual artists and writers have exploded into the blogosphere with a …

Unexpected Florentine literary Sojourn

Pull out: This pleasure was bestowed by the knowledge of the Fire Station across the way that had apparently been copied here and there from the Palazzo Vecchio. In homage to Savonarola? Hee! Hee! Anyway, no matter how you looked at it, it was a tolerable ramble in the gloaming…” In his first written—but posthumously …

Spring Literary events

Highlight of the season will be the visit of esteemed novelist Jonathan Coe to Florence who will appear in conversation with our own Baret Magarian at Le Murate Literary Café on March. 17th at 6:30 pm. Birmingham born, London resident, Coe is the author of eleven novels, including the three prize-winners What a Carve Up!, …

THE LUSO-FLORENTINE CONNECTION

The humanistic movement that swept across Europe during the 15th century manifested itself brilliantly in Florence thanks to progressive, wealthy patrons like the Medici. Not surprisingly, the “Renaissance City” became the epicenter of art and culture, thus capturing the attention of European rulers. As a Luso-American enamored of Florence, the Luso-Florentine connection is of particular …

Leonardo Museum Marks a Decade

The Machines of Leonardo da Vinci Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Inaugurated by Gabriele Niccolai in 2005, the exhibit showcases Niccolai’s collection of interactive models built from Leonardo’s da Vinci’s designs. With 52 of its 300-plus handmade models on display, the Niccolai Collection is the largest private collection of Leonardo’s machines in …

Taste it Again

The 11th edition of Pitti Taste, the fair dediacated to Italian excellence in taste and food lifestyles, is returning from March 7–9 at the Stazione Leopolda. Presented by Pitti Immagine, Taste showcases products from more than 340 leading Italian companies in the international food world. The fair is a journey in the planet of food, …