Galleria dell’Accademia Presents Dal Ponte Exhibit runs until March 12, 2017

The Galleria dell’Accademia is hosting the first monographic event ever dedicated to the painter Giovanni dal Ponte (1385–1437/8). Curated by Angelo Tartuferi and Lorenzo Sbaraglio, the exhibit showcases around 50 artworks. Dal Ponte’s style betrayed an acute awareness of the work being done by the most important artists active in Florence in the first three …

Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena

The city of Siena hosts Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena from July 24 to September 30, a sensory experience in five acts that traces the history of the city and its famous cathedral. Designed to offer visitors a deeper understanding of the city’s history and people, the project uses video-mapping to bring Siena’s Duomo and its …

The Customer is Always Wrong?

Christie Ann Barakat When in Florence or, more generally, in Italy, ignore any faint echoes of the American mantra, “the customer is always right.” Fail to and you’ll find yourself disgruntled by what most Americans would consider obvious breaches of sales etiquette. If you implore, “But what about customer service?” expect a long pause and …

Understanding Chianti Oil and Wine

Bottles simply labeled as Chianti (as in the photo) are made from a mix grapes from several regions in the Chianti region. The main difference with generic Chianti and the rest, is that the minimum percentage of Sangiovese allowed is 75%, with the rules permitting white grapes to be blended in. Adding white grapes to …

Gagliardi Art Gallery Presents Sergio Zanni

The Gagliardi Contemporary Art Gallery is presenting the solo exhibition Pilgrims, Travelers, Wayfarer by sculptor Sergio Zanni. The exhibit, which was inaugurated on July 2 and will be on display until the end of the month, focuses on the figure of the pilgrim. Curated by Elisabetta Pozzetti, the showcase consists of 16 terracotta sculptures (one …

Flò: A Club with a View

Aperitivo, club house music, and a fantastic view on Florence every day of the week. These are the main ‘ingredients’ of the Flo club, located on a terrace next to the Piazzale Michelangelo. The program of the week is the following: Monday: LATIN FLO’ Latin and Caribbean dances, cuban and Portorican salsa, merengue, samba and …

Filippo Lippi Restored

After 18 months of restoration, Filippo Lippi’s painting known as The Martelli Annunciation is back on display at the San Lorenzo Church. The restoration was made possible by the nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Florence’s history Friends of Florence and by the work of Lucia Biondi (painting), Roberto Buda (wooden supports) and project manager Monica …

Dondoli Awarded ‘Maestro d’arte e Mestiere’

San Gimignano ‘artisan of ice-cream’ Sergio Dondoli was awarded last month with the prize of Master of Art and Craft. Dondoli received the prestigious acknowledgment in Milan from the hands of President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella. The MAM prize, which is promoted by the Cologni Foundation of Craftmanship, is given every three years …