PanicAle, craft cocktails and beers in Florence

PanicAle, craft cocktails and beers in Florence

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Heir of Lo Sverso, at PanicAle (Via Panicale, 7/red) one can drink special cocktails and draft beers, and have tapas. PanicAle is one of the more authentic places among the outdoor premises of the San Lorenzo Market, where it is located in Florence. Its waiters were trained at the Jerry Thomas Academy in Rome, one of the most prestigious schools for bartenders, in which the old style of mixing prevails. The best of PanicAle is its unique seasonal cocktails, created after personal experiences, travels, songs … their flavours resemble the ones from the drinks created during the Ottocento.

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Chini Museum, the artistic heritage of Galileo Chini

Chini Museum, the artistic heritage of Galileo Chini

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Galileo Andrea Maria Chini (Firenze, 1873 – Firenze, 1956) was an Italian decorator, designer, painter, potter, and a prominent member of the Italian Art Nouveau movement or Stile Liberty. His theatrical labour includes sets designs for some Puccini’s operas. Thanks to his work in ceramics, he was awarded at the universal exhibitions in Brussels and St. Petersburg. At Chini Museum visitors can discover a permanent collection dedicated to the works and history of Galileo Chini and his family, as well as temporary exhibitions.…

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Pinocchio, protagonist of contemporary art at Villa Bardini in Florence

Pinocchio, protagonist of contemporary art at Villa Bardini in Florence

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Pinocchio is one of the most reimagined characters in children’s literature and a cultural icon whose story has been adapted into many other artistic forms. The exhibition ENIGMA PINOCCHIO. From Giacometti to LaChapelle is dedicated to Collodi’s Pinocchio: a wooden puppet universally recognized as a symbol of Italy and Tuscany. Pinocchio, whose fictional adventures are among the most famous and reinterpreted stories in the 20th Century is now at the centre of Villa Bardini’s latest exhibit. The show examines the tremendous influence on the art world this beloved character has had over the last one hundred years.…

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The house of Piero Bargellini, a key figure during ‘l’alluvione di Firenze 1966’

The house of Piero Bargellini, a key figure during ‘l’alluvione di Firenze 1966’

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The Arno River severely overflowed on November 4, 1966, provoking what is commonly known as ‘l’alluvione di Firenze.’ The city of Florence and part of Tuscany were inundated by the floods, causing an impact affecting the economic and cultural environment of Florence. Fortunately, as November 4 was a bank holiday, many businesses were closed, and a large part of the population was at home, thus avoiding an even bigger disaster. Nevertheless, 101 people died, 5000 families lost their homes, and 6000 businesses had to close. The deluge also destroyed and/or damaged countless works of art, prominent buildings and books. The damages could be repaired thanks to the efforts of Italian citizens, international committees and foreign donors. Piero Bargellini (1897-1980), writer, historian, politician and intellectual, was the mayor of Florence in that awkward moment.

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Illustrious tombs of Florence, celebrating death on All Saints’ Day

Illustrious tombs of Florence, celebrating death on All Saints’ Day

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Leonardo da Vinci said: “Just as a well-used day produces a sweet dream, a well-used life produces a sweet death.” Death and life are two sides of the same coin. We fear death as children fear the darkness. But in fact, one should fear life more than death. What happens after death has been the great “incognitum” of humanity since its foundation. Death makes us reflect on life’s value.…

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Florence Biennale 2019

Florence Biennale 2019

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On view until October 28 at Fortezza da Basso, Florence Biennale is a minor and modest contemporary art exhibition in Florence, where it is regarded as a showcase of the international contemporary art production. Every two years the Florence Biennale enlivens the Medicean city with a programme of collateral events such as conferences, performances, workshops and lectures. All this with a view to offer artists and their audience the opportunity to engage with art and culture, and know more about the theme of each edition of the biennial. The exhibiting artists compete in a range of art categories, which, in the XIIth edition of the Florence Biennale, includes Drawing & Calligraphy, Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Ceramic Art, Textile & Fiber Art, Jewellery Art, Photography, New Media Art, Video Art, Installation Art, and Performance Art.

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‘The Botany of Leonardo,’ exhibition at Santa Maria Novella Museum

‘The Botany of Leonardo,’ exhibition at Santa Maria Novella Museum

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On view until December 15 at Santa Maria Novella Museum, the exhibition The Botany of Leonardo. A vision of science bridging Art and Nature’ outlines the philosophical and technological context of the time in which Leonardo da Vinci lived in order to explore his study of form and the processes of the Plant world in greater depth. Through his eyes as a “systemic” thinker, the connections between art, science and nature, as well as the relationships between different spheres of knowledge, are revealed.  The botany of Leonardo thus becomes a privileged perspective that opens up a modern discourse on scientific evolution and ecological sustainability.…

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Viareggio Art Déco, chic decadence on the Versilia Coast

Viareggio Art Déco, chic decadence on the Versilia Coast

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The walk on the seafront of Viareggio is one of the most beautiful in Italy. This promenade is where its unique carnival parade takes place. Along four kilometres of coast, one can see the beach on one side and some beautiful –  and deeply decadent – Liberty-style buildings on the other. Today a modern city, Viareggio’s most distinguished monuments are the Art Déco buildings facing the waterfront, which have preserved their original structure since the beginning of the 20th century.…

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Castello Ginori di Querceto, celebrating nature and life in the Tuscan countryside

Castello Ginori di Querceto, celebrating nature and life in the Tuscan countryside

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Crickets, cicadas, tafani, pheasants, wind, rain, silence … The sounds of nature. But also the colours of sunrise and sunset, the hue of the grapes, the forest-trees, and the countryside … The flavours of wine and a splendid menu at Locanda del Sole restaurant … The aroma of the wetland after the rain … The texture of the olive tree logs and the stone walls covered with ivy. And the compassion of the sun. The days pass by peacefully between swimming pool moments alone and 20 kilometres hiking treks … between wines from the Ginori Lisci winery. The time has stood still. We are in the Ginori Castle of Querceto, enjoying with the five senses. This place is an antidote to stress (the poison of the first world), and it makes us forget about the exhausting urban life, of which we are – sometimes – slaves without redemption.…

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B-Roof, the rooftop bar of Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence

B-Roof, the rooftop bar of Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence

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The Grand Hotel Baglioni Firenze (4 stars, 192 rooms) is located in the very centre of Florence in an impressive building dated from the 19th-century, where past and present coexist in perfect equilibrium. On the fifth floor, one feels overwhelmed by the beauty of the magnificent panoramic view enjoyable from the restaurant-bar-terrace B-Roof, from where you can admire the skyline of Florence and contemplate the splendour of the city.…

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