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The Best of Florence in 5 Steps

It’s not just the cradle of the Renaissance. Florence is a lot more. It’s the best-known city in the Italian Tuscany, and most of all, its works of art tend to be found in the privileged parts of art history books. Florence is much more than a giant museum but its art pieces have earned it international renown. Rome has nothing on Florence. And anyone who disagrees doesn’t really know the city. I propose discovering Florence in just 5 steps.

Florence Music Festival

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino or the Florence Music Festival is one of Europe’s longest festivals, running from April 27th through to June 28th this year. Two intense months filled with performing arts; opera, ballet, and concerts. And all this complemented with conferences, screenings, and various types of shows. Its new home is the Florence Opera, which adopted the same name as the festival. The opening of this exciting 78th season will see Fidelio, the Singspiel in two acts that is Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera; based on Jean-Nicolas Bouilly’s Léonore ou l’amour conjugal that premiered in 1798. Proudly conducted by Zubin Mehta, it will also count with the presence of over 4,000 children in the audience. An opening packed with communicative power for this edition of the Maggio Musicale. Dates: Mon April 27, 7:30 pm Thu April 30, 8:30 pm Tue May 5, 8:30 pm Sun May 3, 3:30 pm Below, three operas: The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Brutten, a lyric opera in a prologue and two acts, based on the tale by Henry James, and composed for the Biennale di Venezia of 1954. Conducted by Jonathan Webb, this opera is a progression of questions and ponderings. Dates: Sun May 24, 3:30 pm Sat May 30, 3:30 pm Fri May 22, 8:30 pm Sun June 7, 8:30 pm Thu May 28, 8:30 pm Fri June 5, 8:30 pm   Candide by Leonard Bernstein- comic opera in two acts, based on Voltaire’s novella of the same name, and conducted by John Axelrod. It premiered at the Boston Colonial Theatre in October 1956. Social satire steals the show in this pandemonium of death and resurrection....

“Verso Est” a Travel Photography Exhibition by Exploremore

If you are in Florence on the 14th of December and you have a passion for travel, you can’t miss the “Verso Est” (Toward East), a photography exhibition by Exploremore.  A collection of a hundred images which tell a story of a five year long journey started in New Zeland and ending in Europe, passing through Asia, from one side to the other. The author, a 24 year old Italian blogger Angelo Zinna, managed to capture a thought-provoking series of photographs while experiencing that well-known feeling of “taking your bag and going away, thoughtless and planless, knowing that experience is the only souvenir you will bring back home”. Faces, smiles and landscapes: a Western and interesting point of view on the Asian culture. “Verso Est” is a story that can be divided in three chapters: the exit from the Pacific Ocean, the Sub-Continent and the Silk Road. Under each photograph, you will also find a QR code that will allow you to  further discuss the piece as well as to deepen the understanding of the whole exhibition. The exhibition will run from the 14th of December until the 6th of January at La Cité, a beautiful literary café that can be found at Borgo San Frediano 20 (close to Ponte Vecchio). During the opening, you may also view the presentation of “Back to the Wild”, a project by No Borders Magazine and originated  by the translatations of Chris McCandless’ diary (protagonist of the famous movie “Into the...

The rebirth of sacred art

When we think of religious art, images of Christ, the virgin, the apostles and other biblical scenes, pop up in our minds. The most of the art we relate with sacred art are paintings and sculptures done many centuries ago; works that surely you’ve seen in Italy, especially in the artistic city of Florence, by artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini or other famous Renaissance artists. The ones, who thought that sacred art was something from the past, are simply wrong. In fact, religious art is in demand today, in the XXI century. Located on the banks of the Arno River in Florence, there is a school of sacred art, which is trying to stoke the fires of this tradition, which has made the city one of the most important historical and artistic centers worldwide. Although Michelangelo and his colleagues passed away many years ago, their spirit is still there. In an article published in the Huffington Post, the director of this school, Giorgio Fozzati, declared that “the sacred art market is a booming market”, adding the fact that, only in Italy, more than 540 churches have been built in the past two decades. Photo: madprime Another factor influencing that the sacred art is in constant development is the fact that the Catholic Church sanctifies people, such as the former Pope John Paul II, among many others. These new saints need paintings, sculptures and other works of art to represent them and that is why religious artists are in constant demand. Fozzati indicates, “The challenge is not to copy the old masterpieces but to educate artists to be able...

Museo dei Ragazzi Florence

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Stibbert Museum Florence

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Leonardo da Vinci Museum Florence

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Florence Marathon

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Festival dei Popoli Florence

For over half a century at the beginning of November, the Documentary Film Festival, known as the Festival dei Popoli, has been taking place in Florence.