Via Francigena An extraordinary journey to discover the Tuscan territory

Via Francigena crosses the entire Tuscan region marking a journey to discover her many places, even those lesser known, giving the visitor an opportunity to fully appreciate a land whose purpose is to amaze and inspire anyone who travels on it. The Via Francigena is a 380 km route that can be travelled in 15 stages; a fully signposted and secure journey to avoid repetition, thanks to important measures implemented over the years by the Tuscany Region; an itinerary that can be experienced by the traveler who wants to rediscover the beauty of the territory and regain their relationship with nature, through bicycle and horseback rides, and on foot, or a wonderful combination, whilst enjoying a gastronomic experience, rich in history, art, culture and spirituality.

Bite into Florence A tasty memory of Florence

To promote the history and culture of the Florentine territory through tasting its gastronomic delights, wine and extra virgin olive oil above all. This is the objective of Bite into Florence, a project conceived and financed by the Chamber of Commerce of Florence in collaboration with the Local Councils - Chianti Wine, Chianti Classico Wine, Tuscan Oil IGP and Chianti Classico DOP Oil - which have been encountering, since last year, dozens of students at the city headquarters of some of the most important foreign universities

A Week in Sicily

Sometimes one needs a pausa from home. After making Florence my home for the past six months, my study abroad program hosted by Smith College took us on a week-long tour in Sicily. Life moves more slowly on the island, and it’s much warmer, like the beginning of summer. The streets are full of stray cats and you can smell the mandarins growing on the side of the road.

My heart in Florence

I am Teng Ai, studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) of Florence. I have been living here for three years. Florence, in my heart, is a piece of jewellery, an elegant necklace mounted with colourful gemstones. Wearing some delicate leather shoes toget in touch with its old ways or while wandering around thevarious valleys, it is quite evident, and impressive though. Feeling no urge to think, I’m walking on the same stone pavement, where so many great ideas have once been thought.

The Tuscan AngloAmerican Festival in Florence The first edition from 9 to 11 March

On March 9, 2016, in the “Salone dei Cinquecento” (Palazzo Vecchio), an opening ceremony will launch the first Tuscan Anglo-American Festival in Florence in the presence of Dario Nardella (Florence Mayor), Cristina Giachi (Florence Deputy Mayor and City Councillor for School and Univerity Affairs), Abigal Rupp (U.S. Consul General in Florence), Portia Prebys (AACUPI President, that is, the Association of American University and College Programs in Italy), Julia Race (Director, British Institute of Florence), and Andrea Davis (Co-Director, Tuscan American Association). The organizers’ main goal is to highlight the strong link joining local U.S. university programs, Anglophone study centers, and Tuscany, thus promoting an ongoing dialogue that brings together institutions, scholars, teachers, and students from all over the world.

THE BIG GAME 2016 Sul megaschermo dell’Hard Rock Cafe di Firenze la Diretta Tv della 50° Edizione della finale di football americano

The Countdown Begins! Sul megaschermo dell’Hard Rock Cafe di Firenze la Diretta Tv della 50° Edizione della finale di football americano Domenica 7 Febbraio dalle ore 23:30 “The Big Game 2016”: l’appuntamento sportivo americano più atteso dell’anno arriva a Firenze, in piena atmosfera USA. Occhi puntati, domenica 7 Febbraio dalle ore 23.30, sul megaschermo dell’Hard Rock Cafe di Firenze per la diretta TV dal Levi's Stadium di Santa Clara, in California, lo stadio più verde e più tecnologicamente avanzato negli Stati Uniti, dove Denver Broncos e Carolina Panthers si sfideranno nel match dei match per la conquista della finale del campionato della National Football League, giunta quest’anno alla cinquantesima edizione.

Florence Fish Kiss

Florence Fish Kiss is the first center in Florence entirely dedicated to the activity of fish pedicure. A relaxing treatment, combined with aesthetic care and adjuvant in the solution of dermal problems of the foot, all employed with Garra Rufa fish. After cleasing your feet, you will be directed to an area in which to soak your feet in a tub populated by these amazing small fish that have a special feature: with their lips (they have no teeth) they remove the epithelial cells from the feet. In exercising this delicate natural action, they carry out numerous micro massages in addition to releasing an enzyme that promotes the restoration of the dermal balance. This technique offers major benefits to each type of user.

The Art of Restoration

Out of its frame and under several spotlights, Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi (1481) was waiting for its revival. When admiring works of art in museums, most people do not recognize this part of a painting’s life - its restoration. Since the late nineteenth century, l’Opificio delle Pietre Dure and Laboratori di Restauro in Florence has been restoring works from tapestries and wooden sculptures, to mosaics and drawings. The experience of walking through the temperature controlled labs provided an insight on art restoration as art and career. Among the works in the lab was Vasari’s Last Supper (1546), still being restored from the Florence flood of 1966. Fifty years ago, the goal of restoration was to make art visually appealing. Today, the focus is on preservation – removing unwanted varnishes and maintaining the originality with minimal intervention. Teams of people from art, technical, and scientific backgrounds examine the works before they are even touched. They take into account the history of the works construction and look at methods of restoration from other institutions.

New Year in Florence

3…2…1… Happy New Year! How will you be spending the hours leading up to 2016? When it comes to ringing in the New Year in Florence, there are parties, events and dining that can make the start to your 2016 the best you’ve ever had. Did I mention the Florence skyline filled with fireworks? There isn’t an official municipal fireworks display. Many of the larger restaurants and hotels will have their own displays, frequently held from the roof top gardens. The top viewing points include the square in front of the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, or anywhere else alongside the Arno River. The best panoramic view will be from Piazzale Michelangelo so, arriving early is highly recommended. Live concerts, for free will take place in piazzas all over the city center.

Christmas in Florence!

The Christmas atmosphere in Florence, as in many Italian cities, starts in early December. The pastry shops begin to smell like childhood, the window displays seem detached from fairytales and the narrow streets of the city are decorated with the traditional Christmas lights. On December 8th a large Christmas tree is set up in the magnificent setting of Piazza del Duomo along with the Nativity scene, located to the front and left of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Nativity scenes, also known as ‘presepe’ are displayed in many churches and piazzas and crafting these ornate works of art by hand remains an artisanal tradition in many parts of the country. Bagpipes are the most common Italian Christmas sound. The zampognari, the shepherds who play the bagpipes, come down from their mountain homes at Christmas time and perform in the market squares.

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