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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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                  Tra Arte e Moda

                  The exhibition reflects about the complex relationship between art and fashion and it takes inspiration from the story of Salvatore Ferragamo who, fascinated by the avant-garde artists, was inspired by the art world. The exhibition continues at the National Central Library, at the Modern Art Gallery and the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery, the Marino Marini Museum and the Textile Museum in Prato.

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                    Labyrinth Alinari

                    Until July 24th, 2016, in the Saloncino delle Statue at the Modern Art Gallery in Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the exhibition of the artist Luca Alinari will be open for visiting.
                    Curated by Cristina Acidini and organized by the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, the exhibition testifies to the partnership that takes place between the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno and the Uffizi Gallery for the first time.

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                      A wonderful summer

                      Florence is known to be one of the most vibrant Italian cities during the summer due to its open-air arts, nightlife and lively cultural scene. One of the most popular summer attractions in Florence is Spiaggia sull’Arno (Beach along the Arno River), located in Piazza Giuseppe Poggi. This yearly arranged sandy beach is the perfect location for both tourists and Florentines to linger in the sun, have a cool drink, meet friends and enjoy the evening events. The beach is open every day between 10 am and 1, 30 am and one can also browse www.easylivingfirenze.it/en/ to discover the upcoming events.

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