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UNESCO World Heritage in Tuscany: Medici villas

Villa PetraiaThe Medici villas are a series of rural building complexes in Tuscany which were owned by members of the Medici family between the 15th and the 17th centuries. In 2013, the Medici villas were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The villas served several functions: they were the country palaces of the Medici, scattered over the territory that they ruled, demonstrating their power and wealth.

Sammezzano Castle

Sammezzano Castle by Luca BertinottiTuscany, and especialy Florence, is world-wide known as the cradle of the Renaissance. Thousands of churches, noble palaces, city houses and gardens are perfect examples of this style. I think, no one could even immagine that only 40 kilometres south of Florence it is possible to find a magic castle in moorish style.

Piaggio Museum: Vespa History and Collection

piaggio museumInaugurated on the 29th March 2000, the Piaggio Museum occupies 3,000 sq. m. of what used to be the company toolshop in one of the oldest buildings in Pontedera. It is an example of the harmonious conversion of an industrial area for cultural purposes. The brainchild of Giovanni Alberto Agnelli, Piaggio’s then young chairman, the Museum was designed by architect Andrea Bruno, with the aim of preserving the historic memory of the most important metal-mechanical company in the centre-south of Italy.

Exhibition “Spring of Renaissance” in Florence

spring of renaissancePalazzo Strozzi hosts the beautiful exhibition “Spring of Renaissance” (it. La Primavera del Rinascimento) from the 23rd of March till the 18th of August 2013. The exhibit goes back to the history of sculpture and arts that sprouted in Florence between 1400 and 1460.

La Notte Bianca a Firenze – Florence White Night

white night florence 201330th april – 1th may 2013

‘Volare’, or to Fly, will be the theme of this April’s Firenze Notte Bianca 2013. Florence is set to have it’s next Notte Bianca, or White Night, on the 30th of April. The city remains alive and pulsing all through the night with concerts, exhibitions, events and museums remaining open til the wee hours of the next morning for free!

„Un Anno ad Arte“: the Best Art Exhibitions in Florence 2013

Madonna con Bambino, Sant'Anna e San Giovannino„Un anno ad arte“, a programme of eight temporary exhibitions which will be held in the Polo Museale Fiorentino’s most illustrious museums, opening in the spring of 2013 and closing at the end of the year.

Spanish Artists in Italy

The Galleria degli Uffizi will start the ball rolling with „From Rule to Fancy: Spanish Artists in Italy in the Early Mannerist Period“, an exhibition focusing on the intense artistic exchange between the most important Spanish painters and sculptors of the time – with Alonso Berruguete playing a leading role – and Florentine and Italian later Renaissance artists in the context of the style known as the early “manner”, or Mannerism.

Holiday ideas: Holiday with Children in Tuscany

museo-dei-ragazzi-inMuseo dei Ragazzi di Firenze

The Association is based in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence which, for over seven centuries, has been a symbol of civic power in the city of Florence. The Museo dei Ragazzi uses fashions from the fifteenth to the sixteenth centuries in Florence to explain that historical era. Friendly staff of the Museum offers a variety of recreational and educational activities for children (in Italian, English, French and Spanish). Among them – frescoe paintings, guided tours by Giorgio Vasari, the secret corridors and rooms, theater shows and many others.