Armida “Pupa” Nardi The versatile Florentine artist inaugurates her new Art Studio

In September, Armida “Pupa” Nardi, versatile Florentine artist, inaugurates her new Art Studio in the heart of Florence, in Piazza dei Giudici 4/5 r, in front of the Galileo Museum and next to Uffizi. An artist’s studio that wants to be a place of Culture and Beauty, a refined and intimate lounge where meetings and conferences on artistic, historic and social themes will be hosted. Pupa has always had a “visceral” relationship with Florence, a city to which she feels very attached, stating: “I was born in the splendid Florence and have had the fortune to breathe Art in all its forms. My passion for Art and Painting in particular, has grown alongside with me and I always cultivated it, together with my passion for theater, the study of foreign languages and travelling”.

A few words with Elisa Tozzi Piccini A woman with a great personality at the reigns of the prestigious Florentine Maison of fine Jewelry

When you imagine the CEO of a great company, with more than a hundred years of history and international success, you may be expecting something different, but then you meet Elisa and she surprises with each word she says. Comfortable in her jeans and T-shirt, taking a ride on the Harley Davidson, she looks perfect when she wears in a impeccable way the stunning jewelry from the family collection; she does everything in a very natural way, because this is how Elisa is: fascinating, curious, kind, passionate about her work and her family, thorough in any project she undertakes and that she personally supervises. Elisa has sparkling eyes.

Giusto Manetti Battiloro When the family gold represents the excellence of Made in Italy

The Manetti family has an antique story that begins in Florence in the ‘600, during the ruling of the Medici. The chronic recount that in 1602, a lightning has destroyed the golden ball from the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore and Matteo Manetti, one of the best goldsmiths of the time, was assigned to restore the dome; this wasn’t an easy task, but he finished in only a month and on September 18, 1602, he was appointed the “Opera Goldsmith” by the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Ever since then, the tradition of producing the “golden foil” was never interrupted in Florence and the “golden foil” produced by Giusto Manetti Battiloro has the noblest of origins: craftsmanship, the “know-how” of the antic Florentine “battiloro” that still today, provide the golden foil to artists, gilders, architects and artisans in order to guilt and restore churches, palaces, cathedrals, monuments, furniture, frames... and not only.

Tommaso Sacchi: a very special young man

We met Tommaso Sacchi in Florence, the place where he lives and works. Tommaso is not only a curator, organizer and consultant in the creativity and artistic production field, but also an elegant young man, full of style. While we are talking, I observe him, dressed in a light shirt and blue jacket, of modern taste but with a vintage touch, while he tells me about his life. His path is very rich and interesting: at only 32 years old he has had a series of experiences that span across the entire cultural sector and has collaborated with personalities of great importance, in Italy and also abroad.

A few words with Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda An extraordinary woman in love with Florence and Italy

We all should pay a tribute of grate gratitude to the person I am about to introduce to you and to the generous members of the nonprofit American Foundation who has founded and presides Friends in Florence. Using only private funds, Friends of Florence takes care of our extraordinary cultural and artistic patrimony since 1998, using a lot of resources for monumental restoration, being animated by genuine civic spirit. Every year twenty thousand euro are given to the Accademia Gallery for the maintenance of David and the Prisoners of Michelangelo; it was Friends in Florence that were the leading agents to participate in the restoration of the Uffizi Tribuna, the Crucifix of Giambologna from the SS. Annunziata Chapel, in important interventions in the churches of S. Spirito, SS. Annunziata, S. Croce, in Florence’s museums, in the diagnostic campaign realized by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure regarding the disappeared fresco of Leonardo’s Battle of Anghiari.

Monna Tessa The philanthropist “nanny”

Monna Tessa, who was she? Changing the famous phrase of The Betrothed, she wasn’t a philosopher, but, according to tradition, the inspirer of the foundation of a fundamental Florentine institution; nevertheless, as much as Carneade in the Manzoni Novel, an almost forgotten figure today. She was the Portinari educator and governess, family factotum and trustworthy women; she brought up and trained Beatrice, “forbidden” and idealized love of Dante, but what makes us her precious it’s above all that she persuaded Beatrice’s father, Folco Portinari, to finance the foundation of the hospital known today as Santa Maria Nuova.

A lesson of good manners from Wayne James Former Senator of the United States

Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century is a very interesting and enjoyable book, written by Wayne James, former US senator who has always had a passion for literature, so much that he decided to write a book for the young gentlemen of our times, offering them advice. “As a child I used to read many publications on etiquette, that were in the house of my family in the Virgin Islands, where I was born, and over the years I realized that in reality these texts were dedicating very little space for us men, so I decided to write a book that should become an ideal travel companion for every man, being able to offer my experience, the fruit of my many travels and what I have learned firsthand, thus suggesting how to behave better in any circumstance without incurring any embarrassment”.

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