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The events of this month.

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The events of this month.

eventimarzo2011March 2011

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Romantic Florence

In this itinerary you find some places referred to passionate love stories of the past.
Visit them remembering the lives of those who lived them in Florence

Florence’s most famous love story of the past is that between Francesco I dei Medici and Bianca Cappello. bianca_cappelloShe was the daughter of Bartolommeo Cappello, a member of one of the noblest Venetian families, and Pellegrina Morosini. In 1563, she fell in love with the Florentine Pietro Bonaventuri and eloped with him to Florence, where they were married on the 12th of December of that same year.
In Florence she won the admiration of many, and the Grand Duke himself fell in love with her.

The hill of Bellosguardo saw the love of Ugo Foscolo and Quirina Mocenni Magiotti. In Villa Torricella, destroyed in the early 1900′s, and once located in front of today’s Villa dell’Ombrellino, the poet composed the verses of the poem “Le Grazie” (1813) dedicating them to his loved one.

Quirina was unhappily married to a weak, mentally-ill man, and yet was the only woman who continued to love Foscolo over the years, to whom he could always turn even when in exile in Switzerland and England, and who could bear his “turbulent nature”.

The funereal monument of Ugo Foscolo is in the Church of Santa Croce.
elizabeth_robert_browningRobert and Elisabeth Barrett Browning, the famous couple of English poets, moved to Florence to elude Elizabeth’s oppressive father: their passionate love kept them happily united for fifteen years.
They lived at Casa Guidi, in Piazza di San Felice, that became, in that period, the spiritual “Mecca “ of the Anglo-American community in Florence. Only after Elizabeth’s death (1861), did Robert return to England together with their son.
Elisabeth Barrett Browning was buried in the English Cemetery in Piazza Donatello.

To have her always near, the Grand Duke appointed Bonaventuri Keeper of his Wardrobe, and thus kept the beautiful Bianca at the royal palace.
When Francesco married Bianca Cappello, less than two months after the death of the Grand Duchess Johanna of Austria, the entire family came to disapprove of Bianca.

The Palazzo del Mondragone, located in Via dei Banchi, at the corner with via del Giglio, is the place where Francesco de’ Medici and Bianca Cappello met during a reception, and fell in love at first sight.
The Palazzo di Bianca Cappello in Via Maggio, 26, with its sgraffito-decorated façade, was renovated by the architect Bernardo Buontalenti.

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“World’s Best” Awards 2010

Travel + Leisure’s just released the “World’s Best” awards. This year had a record number of votes by viewers for 2010 travel. This allows people to tell them what they want wherever they are.

This is a study where the magazine turns to their viewers and asks them about their experiences and their travel and which destinations or companies are the best. Viewers rank the top destinations both internationally and nationally, as well as the best riverboat cruise companies, and the best airlines.

Best International Cities
1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
3. FLORENCE, ITALY
4. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
5. Rome, Italy

Best U.S. Cities
1. New York, NY
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Charleston, SC
4. Chicago, IL
5. Santa Fe, NM

Admire the famous statue of David by Michelangelo.


Admire the famous statue of David by Michelangelo, a huge presence (literally , and figuratively) in the in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence,almost synonymous with the city itself. And for good reason.
Florence is a city of art, this sculpture in marble and 17-foot-high
is an undisputed masterpiece. Florence is the “City of Stone”
from its sidewalks to its jambs, and David Stone raises
an art form. Florence is a city seriously: it is the capital of
Tuscany with about half a million inhabitants, which is tempered
generosity and charm, and David, for all its strengths, has
pupils carved heart-shaped.
The Mediterranean climate brings hot and humid summers and
wet, cold winters. May and April, before the summer crowds
and boiling temperatures arrive, the time may be more enjoyable
to visit.

Top 10 attractions
1. Michelangelo square, Viale Michelangelo
2. Duomo – Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, Piazza del Duomo, Via
Canonica, 1, 055 2302885
3. Statue of David – Galleria dell’Accademia, Via Ricasoli 58-60,
055 294883
4. Giotto’s Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto), Piazza del Duomo
Downtown, 055 2302885
5. San Miniato al Monte (Basilica of San Miniato al Monte), Via del Monte alle
Crosses, 055 2342731
6. Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza Santa Croce 16, 055 244 619
7. Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, 055 2776461
8. Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Cavour 1, 055 2760340
9. Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, 055 2388651
10. Palatine Gallery and Royal Apartments (Galleria Palatina), Piazza Pitti 1, 055 294883

De Chirico at Florence

Few Italian artists had such an important impact on 20th century art as Giorgio de Chirico. His ‘metaphysical’ works were like a pebble thrown into a pond, whose waves rippled through the world of art in concentric
circles, becoming weaker in time, but still felt decades later. The young artist Giorgio de Chirico first became aware of a new way of seeing the world while visiting Florence at the age of twenty-one: ‘on a clear autumn afternoon I was sitting on a bench in the middle of piazza Santa Croce […] I had the strange impression that I was looking at all these things for the first time, and the composition of my picture came to my mind’s eye [...] the moment is an enigma to me, for it is inexplicable’. This ‘illumination or ‘revelation’—as De Chirico called it—informs his pictures of the 1910s and 1920s. As the century hurtled towards World War I, this experience
of alienation prompted De Chirico—long before his peers—to paint what he called the ‘great silence’. De Chirico’s paintings of windswept piazzas, with solitary figures and statues staring blindly into space, continued to haunt artists long after De Chirico painted his Enigma of an Autumn Afternoon in 1909.

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