Palio di Siena

By David Orr – Writer – The Palio di Siena is a neighborhood war masquerading as a horse-race. Held in Siena’s Piazza del Campo...

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.

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.

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.

The city with the architecture of Heaven

Florence has no face, because Florence is a state of mind. This city exists inside to me, to us, to everyone. I believe that’s true. I’m Russian journalist who travelled extensively. My home city is Moscow, the capital of my country. The difference between our cities is great. Moscow never sleeps, and you can find an all-day shop everywhere, if you want to have a bite at 3 am. When we returned in Florence at 10 pm after our work in Venice, we noted with surprise that all shops and restaurants were closed.

L’assedio di Firenze 17th February 1530 - 17th February 2016

17th February 1530. Florence is surrounded by the joined armies of Emperor Charles V and Pope Clement VII. A slow war, of the trenches, fought for more than four months between the fortifications of the besieged, on one side, and those provisional but always more powerful, the besiegers, on the other. It was Carnival, and an ancient Florentine tradition urged that in this period football should be played. Not the football of modern times, obviously, but what we now call Historical Football: an ancient game, that according to some had already been practiced by the Roman legionaries with the name of Harpastum, to keep fit during the long winter months.

Florence in the middle of the Mediterranean

Scholars, researchers and artists from around the world met on the 4th and 5th December in Florence to discuss the past, the present and the future of the Mediterranean civilization. The occasion was the annual conference organized by Florence University of the Arts in collaboration with Stony Brook University of New York (SUNY), entitled “De Re Mediterranea”, focused on the theme of civilizations that have developed over the centuries in the area of Mare Nostrum. From historical conflicts that have affected this crucial western civilization area, models of coexistence and fusion of different cultures have been explored and the diverse effects of this secular interaction. The academic relevance of this annual event, now in its seventh edition, was evidenced by the sponsorship of the Union of the Mediterranean University, the University of Florence and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism.

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.

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