Big Renaissance frescoes: the celebration of the rich families of Florence in Santa Maria Novella and Santa Trinita by GhirlandaioFantastic Florence
The buon fresco (true fresco) gives the colours great permanence and resistance to aging, since they are an integral part of the wall surface, rather than a superimposed layer of paint on it. The medium of fresco makes great demands on a painter’s technical skill, since he must work fast (while the plaster is wet) but cannot correct mistakes by overpainting. Many rich families in the Renaissance purchased big cycles of frescoes to exalt their house and power. Portraits of the members of the house, with plenty of details in clothing and architectural design, were expressly required to the painters. The Tornabuoni found their celebration in the main enormous chapel of Santa Maria Novella Church, and the Sassetti in the Santa Trinita Church. The artist in charge was Domenico Ghirlandaio, the number one of the visual biographers of Renaissance Florence.
"MANGIA MANGIA!!!” Something not so uncommonly heard as you roam the streets of Florence. I suppose Italian restaurant owners think that just talking about eating will remind passersby that their stomaches are empty and need filling...pronto!?There’s a remarkable amount of differences between dining out in the U.S. and dining out in Italy, that it’s hardly comparable. I feel as though going out in Italy is more about the food, and less about the experience. While in the U.S., surely the food is important, but Americans love being waited on and dining lavishly. It’s all about feeling like a “princess.” The food could taste like pond scum, yet if the room was decorated like the Monte Carlo, you bet the dinner wait for that restaurant is at least 3 hours. While Americans must have perfect service, a server waiting on them to the T, Italians do not put emphasis on this. In fact, I find it hard to even find a server or get their attention if I do find one. Their philosophy is more of a “I’ll take your order when I get around to it and you’ll get your food when you get it.” But the food...thats a whole new story. Since time is not important in Italy, rather, relaxing is key; the food is made to perfection, compared to the American philosophy of “as quick as possible!”
Florence is to fashion as gelato is to Italy! Half the beauty of Florence is the aesthetic view of women and men in their trendiest clothes walking the streets. Florence houses some of the first prestigious designers; Salvatore Ferragamo and Emilio Pucci. Historically Florence is regarded as Italy's first fashion home, and many elegant designer boutiques sit along Via de' Tornabuoni including: Bulgari, Gucci, Prada, Robert Cavalli and Chanel. Simply peering into their display windows is a treat for ones eyes as they are each uniquely beautiful.
With 660 places and 150 places open to the public symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, the "Giornate Fai di Primavera" is presented as a unique event of its kind.Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 will be opened in Florence:Collezione Arnaldo Corsi – Museo Stefano Bardini Via dei Renai, 37Sabato 26 e Domenica 27, ore 11.00 – 16.30Fondazione Spadolini Nuova Antologia: Casa di Giovanni Spadolini Via Pian dei Giullari, 139Sabato 26, ore 13.30 – 16.30; Domenica 27, ore 10.30 – 16.30Castello Sonnino - Via Volterrana nord 6/A; (Montespertoli)Domenica 27, ore 10.00 – 17.00Il Molino dei Conti Galli Tassi e la Pieve di San Vincenzo a Torri: storie di nobili, mugnai e decime Granducali (Luogo del Cuore)Domenica 27, ore 10.30 – 16.30
The thought of drinking red wine at 10am in the morning may not appeal to all…but I say “anything in the name of history and culture!” It is hard to resist an invitation to participate in one of Florence’s Vinaino Tours on a fresh, sunny morning. The streets of the centro storico, which many of us know so well, suddenly becoming unfamiliar, stepping back into a Florence of street merchants, tradesmen and marketplaces, where stealing a bunch of grapes or trying to cut your wine with too much water will deal you a public flogging in Piazza Repubblica…