A World in Dance Danza in Fiera at the Fortezza da Basso from Feb. 23-26

Later this February, Florence is celebrating dance with one of the biggest events in Europe dedicated to the form of art, Danza in Fiera, which will be returning for its sixth edition at the Fortezza da Basso from Feb. 23-26. Professionals, dancers, studios, groups and companies will gather from all over the world offering stages, …

Mimosa Flower and Social Change

The historical roots of women’s day. Fluffy yellow mimosa flowers pinned to lapels, carried in bouquets or decorating table-tops announce in more than 100 countries all over the world the international day dedicated to women. But what are the historical roots of this celebration day and what is its real significance? The mimosa flower has …

The Fables of Leonardo da Vinci

The Fables of Leonardo da Vinci is a small collection of fables created from notations for fables and half-finished fable ideas found in the back of Leonardo’s famous notebooks. The collection teaches how little stories can drive home insightful human ironies, while displaying a bit of the literary thought-processes of the great genius. The book …

Exhibiting Models of Leonardo’s Designs

The exhibit presents working models of Leonardo’s designs that the Niccolai family has been reconstructing since 1995, when Carlo Niccolai dedicated himself to working full-time with the desire to realise Leonardo’s legacy. His passion founded the Niccolai Collection, the largest private collection of Leonardo models in the world, comprised of more than 300 working models …

Who Was Cosimo The Elder?

Cosimo di Giovanni de’ Medici—or as he is most commonly known, Cosimo The Elder—was born on April 19, 1389. He was the first in his family to acquire political status, thus igniting the Medici dynasty. Cosimo’s power stemmed from his inheritance. From his father, he received the entire patrimony of his family which included his family’s enterprise, …

Liberation Month

Natalia Piombino Five years ago, on the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Italian state, as many recalled the Risorgimento, the historical process that led to Italy’s unification, it became evident that the values of honor, sanctity, and family that inspired this nation-building movement could not be considered …

Exhibit depicts war waged by ordinary people

Robert Capa in Italy. 1943–1944   Robert Capa in Italy 1943–1944   78 photographies to tell WWII in Italy. The Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery Raffaele De Garda in San Gimignano is presenting the exhibition Robert Capa in Italy. 1943–1944 until July 10, showcasing pictures from the Robert Capa Master Selection III series of the …

Commemorating Brunelleschi

  Florence celebrates one of its symbols on April 16 Will Hainsworth   A parade to commemorate Filippo Brunelleschi is taking place on April 16, on the occasion of the 570th anniversary of the artist’s death. Beginning in the Palagio di Parte Guelfa on via Pellicceria, the procession is bound for Piazza Repubblica and then …

April in Florentine History

    In the classic Florentine song ‘Mattinata Fiorentina,’ April is personified as a gentlemanly heart-throb who steals the hearts of young ladies at the Cascine Park. But in local traditions, April is not just the month of this well-regarded ‘thief’, to whom we should actually apologize for the unmasking. April also marks the death …