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The Colours of Tuscany… That’s what I like the most about living here

My friends and family often ask me what I like the most about living in Tuscany. “The people, the culture, the landscape, the food…”, I think to myself…“Its’ colours” I reply out-loud, and they look at me expectantly to explain. I am careful to note that, for me, all those other things that spring to mind make up the very authentic palette that Tuscany is so known and loved for. Granted, the colours of Tuscan seasons are enchanting, particularly spring and summer, but it is the “colours” I mean figuratively that make one fall in love with the place.

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    Sicily and More Originality and uniqueness

    Sicily and More is a small boutique settled in Florence, just around the corner from Ponte Vecchio, well known for its Craft Sicilian products, exclusively made in ceramics. Here you find the accurate research on the best craft products from Caltagirone, city where the ceramics are a completely excellence, Sciacca, Santo Stefano di Camastra and Burgio.

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      Street Style In Fashionable Florence

      Street Fashion, is the barometer of past collections, which reflects grass-root future classics. More readily identified with the youth in major urban centres, street fashion is the expression of individual city culture with a nod to global and more senior fashion influences.

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        Giovanni Balducci’s restored canvases

        Le due grandi tele di Giovanni Balducci (1560-1631), rappresentano un prezioso documento pittorico che faceva parte dell’arredo effimero degli imponenti apparati nuziali realizzati per il matrimonio del principe Ferdinando de’ Medici, poi Ferdinando I, Granduca di Toscana, e la principessa Cristina di Lorena. Le nozze avvennero nel 1589 e fecero cambiare aspetto, almeno per qualche tempo, alla cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Le due tele Cristo che cade sotto la Croce e il Compianto sul Cristo deposto erano gravemente danneggiate dall’umidità, dai molteplici spostamenti e per la fragile natura della materia di cui sono realizzate: una tempera a caseina di vacca su tela.

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          San Martino a Mensola When simplicity is… the great beauty

          It is one of the thousands of hidden gems in the Tuscan countryside. In fact, the church which is in Fiesole, just a step away from Florence, is an authentic treasure chest with an ancient history. Its renaissance appearance remained mostly intact from the mid-fifteen century, but the building was constructed on the pre-existing temple which dated back at least 600 years and which was already dedicated to Saint Martino. The restoration works were started in IX century by Saint Andrea di Scozia (originally Irish), who wanted to recover an abandoned church, which by then was in ruins.

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            The new and impressive location of The Medici Dynasty Show Sant’Onofrio Church

            This season the Medici Dynasty Show is staged in a beautiful new location: the Baroque Church of Sant’Onofrio inside the Il Fuligno Complex in via Faenza, 48. The complex dates back to the early fifteenth century and was previously used as a convent for many years. The location is rich in history and cultural heritage, hosting numerous works created by famous artists; including the famous Italian painter and sculptor Bicci di Lorenzo, who completed frescoes to decorate the rooms of the convent, which still remain today. The church where the show will be staged was restored and reconsecrated in 1601.

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              Urban Vegetable Gardens and social cohesion In Toscana 100.000 orti urbani, destinati ai cittadini che li richiedono

              How many people in Italy today manage their own vegetable garden? The answer is hard to believe. There are between 20 and 25 million, out of 50% of young professionals. It is a known fact that Italians grant a lot of attention to what they eat and they choose quality foods. It is estimated that 78% of them read the label of the product they are about to purchase. In this scenery fits perfectly the idea of self-producing vegetables in order to make sure that you don’t find fungicides and pesticides on your plate, willingly accepting some aesthetic imperfections in return of healthy and fresh food. “This practice is spread and divided in categories of men and women, age groups, area of residence, although analyses show surprising aspects: the percentage is higher among young people than among the elderly and more among women than man.

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                A study project in Tuscany to understand the effects of its own agriculture

                Il primo studio scientifico pluridisciplinare per capire gli effetti dell’agricoltura toscana e dei suoi paesaggi sul benessere delle persone che ne fruiscono. È quanto si propone il progetto AGRIPSI, promosso dall’associazione di giovani agricoltori di Confagricoltura ANGA Toscana che presiedo, da psicologi di PERLab, spinoff dell’Università di Firenze e di studiosi di diritto agrario della Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna grazie al supporto dell’Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze. Agripsi è stato presentato a Firenze, in occasione del secondo “Simposio fiorentino sull’“Intelligenza Emotiva” a Palazzo Vecchio.

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                  A few words with Francesco Farolfi

                  Francesco Farolfi is a painter of exceptional talent, an artist whose work honours the tradition which has always characterised and enriched Florence. His elegant atelier is situated in via Maggio n.3/R on the corner of via dello Sprone, where he commenced a collaboration with Leonardo Capecchi, a Florentine artisan and creator of sophisticated lampshades. We have met Farolfi to find out more about him, his work and new projects.

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                    Six Gifts of Florence

                    When in Florence do as the Florentines do, which is enjoying best ice-cream in the world. Just one taste, is all it takes to comprehend why Italian gelato has a worldwide reputation. It mesmerizes like cold clouds of sweetness, like a colorful dream you wish lasted forever. Gelato was first introduced during the Renaissance period in our very own city of Florence, and the man behind it was Bernardo Buontalenti. He was one of the most important Italian architects and engineers of the sixteenth century who has gifted the humankind with a number of inventions, most importantly, a unique ice-cream refrigeration technique, which made it possible for the aristocracy to enjoy cold desserts during hot summer months.

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                      The Museo degli Innocenti Stories of children and hope

                      After three years of work and more than 12 million euros in investments, the Museum which is not only a witness but also guards the memory of so many abandoned children and their mothers who arrived there in search of help and comfort opens its doors. A museum visit that has a lot more to do with emotion rather than reason. It is the emotion that takes over while going through the stories of children who have passed through the Institute during six centuries of history.

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