Pope Coming

After his visit to Florence and Prato in November 2015, Pope Francis returns to Tuscany for a day-visit this upcoming May.   First the Pope will visit Nomadelfia, a village in the southern province of Grosseto, and then Loppiano, a small town near Figline Valdarno, about half-an-hour drive from Florence.   Rodolfo Cetoloni, bishop of …

Homes On Sale…for €1

Sarah Litchman   To solve the problem of the abandonment of Italian villages, some Italian towns have decided to place on the market houses in shambles for 1 euro.   The first council to announce the decision was Salemi, a small town in the Sicilian province of Trapani hit by an earthquake in 1968. In …

Culture, but not Cultural Workers

Sarah Litchman   According to a research committed by the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat last month, Italy earns the spot of 19 out of 28 countries for the percentage of people engaged in the cultural sector: quite a paradox for country that has the greatest cultural heritage in the world.   During …

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 …

Santo Ficara and Il Ponte Present Mondino

The contemporary art galleries Santo Ficara and Il Ponte are presenting two exhibitions on sculptor and painter Aldo Mondino. The exhibit coincides with the inauguration of the new location for the Santo Ficara gallery. After putting together over the years has a group of works made by the artist between 1963 and 1964, Il Ponte …

Ambrogio Lorenzetti on Display

The Ambrogio Lorenzetti exhibition on showcase at Siena’s Duomo has been extended until April 8. The exhibition marks the highest point of a project began in 2015 designed to improve the conservation of Lorenzetti’s work and acquaint the Italian and foreign public with his artistic output. Under the Inside Restoration project important works in need …

Tributing Giuseppe Chiari

Five contemporary art galleries – Santo Ficara, Il Ponte, Frittelli, Tornabuoni, and Armanda Gori – are simultaneously presenting PentaChiari, an exhibition celebrating the work of Giuseppe Chiari, beginning on Dec. 2.   Each gallery exhibits a particular phase of Chiari’s work, allowing visitors to see the entire repertoire of one of the most acclaimed artists …

From Brooklyn to the Bargello

The Bargello Museum is presenting for the first time the Lunette Antinori, a masterpiece of the Renaissance by Giovanni della Robbia, until April 8. The painting has a history crossing the Atlantic. The initiator of a historical Italian wine family, Niccolò di Tommaso Antinori commissioned Della Robbia at the beginning of the 1500s to make …

The House of Michelangelo Museum

At first glance, Casa Buonarroti, the home and museum dedicated to one of the most celebrated artists in history, is about as unimposing as palaces and homes of the great of Florence come. Most tourists are perhaps misled by the name, unsure of the significance of the Buonarroti family, who produced the mastermind behind the …

Uffizi on Top in Social Networks

The Uffizi Museum made it to hit over 100.000 followers on its Instagram profile ‘UffiziGalleries’. One of the top Italian museums in number of followers, the Uffizi even competes with the top contemporary art museums such as the Venice Peggy Guggenheim that has 147.000 followers. On Twitter, the Uffizi is second only to the Milan …