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Craft exhibition “Mostra dell’artigianato” in Florence Leopolda

Mostra dell’artigianato is an event that is held annually in Florence, Italy. It’s more like a Florence craft exhibition whereby craftsmen get to show their skills and how they have fused tradition with art. Here you get to enjoy the fine art that is offered by these craftsmen from Italy. Additionally, this craft exhibition lasts for about 10 days, giving you the much needed time to do research and observe what you like. It also adds a good taste to the city of Florence making it more attractive.

In 2018, Craft Exhibition “Mostra Dell Artigianato” was held from the 21st of April to 1st May. Fortiza de Basso was the venue. This was a fort in the 14th century, but it is currently used to house big conferences and important exhibitions such as the “Mostra Dell’ Artigianato.” Coincidentally, the craft exhibition was held in 2018 was the first ever certified handicrafts fair in Italy. It was known as the 82nd Art International Handicrafts Trade Fair, and many people traveled from different places just to be a part of this fair. The brighter side is, the exhibition featured many artists from different parts of the world. Over 50 countries with various artists and traditions participated in the exhibition.

International artists were there, bringing about a blend of different traditions and broadening the gap of art to increase diversification. Some of the niches which were keenly exhibited were Italian handmade clothes, interior design, and handmade crafting. The aim of these niches was to instill the sense making the interior of a home look more appealing maybe through lighting and decoration. Coincidentally, Italy happens to be the birthplace to the sweetest and most appealing light sources which were displayed in the exhibition.


Food is another reason why shouldn’t have missed this exhibition. Sometimes just going through and eating the same meals over and over makes you just lose appetite. This exhibition excited many with meals from different cultures. Cooking is an art which should be highly appreciated. There were some excellent and smooth Italian wines, which were liked by the wine lovers. Any type of wine that you can think about was there for the small percentage of people, who wish to sip on wine to enjoy.

The younger generation, who we believe will lead us into the future, was given a unique chance to show their skills. Through this act, some special kind of art was seen, it is good to have hope that the present artists can do a satisfying job. Different materials were used to develop the artifacts, there was no limitation, and this led to a show of high level of creativity and passion.

Anyway, if you are into art and things that fascinate you, Florence in Italy, should be one destination that you must  visit. So, put it on your bucket list. The craft exhibition is held there annually, and it would be near impossible to miss one or two things that get your attention in a good way.


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The Florence Experiment built by Carsten Höller in Strozzi Palace in Florence

This is an experiment by two experts, Carstern Höller and his partner Stefano Mancuso. Casten Höller is an entomologist who has also studied psychopathology whereas Stefano Mancuso is a plant neurobiologist.  The Florence experiment will be held from the 19th of April to 26th August at Pallazo Strozzi in Florence. So, what is the Florence experiment?

First, there has been some construction in Pallazo Strozzi to conduct the experiment. A slide has been put up there; the slide is not normal since it is a twin slide which is passed through a palace. For the experiment to be complete, you have to undergo two stages. As a visitor, you will slide down from a height of twenty meters. This will show how emotions in that state will impact plants. Before sliding, you’ll be handed a plant to slide down with it; this will trigger some emotions which should, in turn, affect the plant in some way.

After sliding, you’ll pass through a laboratory since the observations need to be recorded so that a conclusion can be made. What is recorded is the voltaic molecules and photosynthetic parameters which will presumably create the emotions you will feel while sliding down.

The second stage is a little bit interesting. Ironically, this scientific experiment will also involve the watching of a horror movie. Well, if you are still wondering how that can happen, it is important to note that the basement of Palazzo Strozzi is equipped with a theater where the second stage of the experiment will take place. Moreover, the piping system in the theater has been put up in such a way that it can tap the volatile chemical compounds which will be released by different people experiencing different emotions.


In other words, the visitors to this experiment will watch a horror movie, and the volatile compounds which will be released during the movie will determine how a plant will grow. Vines of Wisteria will be put around the theatre in a wire which is in ‘Y’ shape. These vines will absorb the volatile compounds produced by the visitors, and some growth will be seen depending on the chemical absorbed. Different directions will help in the analysis of how human behavior affects the plant. Plants graphs will be drawn to make the work easier.

The Florence experiment by Carsten Höller and Stefano Mancuso is aimed to prove that human behavior affects plants. It is pretty obvious that from the stages which a visitor goes through, different emotions will be felt, and the plant will react in different ways. Emotions experienced in the first stage are supposed to be thrilling and exciting. On the other hand, when it comes to watching a horror movie, of course, mixed emotions will be felt, especially fear. Other feelings which might be perceived are anxiety and amusement. Through this, it will be evident that humans impact plants through feelings.


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Flower Fair in Florence: from April 25th to May 1st in Orticoltura Garden

Flowers can be used to pass different sweet meanings. Love, apology and even appreciation are some of the few feelings that can be demonstrated using flowers. The Flower Fair which is held in Florence’s Orticultura garden from April 25th to May 1st will widen your taste in flowers. Different beautiful flowers will be there on display, for you to look at them too and appreciate their beauty.

Orticoltura, where the fair is held is also an exquisite place. First, it is a quiet place that has a peaceful serenity, and this will allow you to smell the sweet scents of flowers in a calm environment. A good view of the city is also another feature that will make the Orticoltura garden the perfect place for the Flower Fair. Well, it has an upper part which is just comforting and satisfying since you can view the setting of nature from there.

The end of April happens to be just the perfect time for such a fair because that is the moment that spring is on and flowers sprout pleasantly. During such a time of the year, there is much beauty to be seen primarily in the Flower Fair in Florence. This is where each horticulture farmer or manager shows what all is good in their greenhouse and gardens. Some of the Italian beliefs especially Florence traditions are seen through flowers, and therefore different types of flowers represent specific meanings there. A religion which is very spread in Italy is symbolized through a white lily whereas violet is one of the most popular flowers there. As a matter of fact, violet is a flower symbol of Italy, so it’s hard not to have fun at such a fair with such appealing flowers.

However, most of the flowers which will be at the fair are used as gifts. Flowers such as pink roses, yellow roses, lilies, and violet will be appreciated by somebody who is close to you. Furthermore, the art and beauty of flowers will also be molded to come up with beautiful results. Italy is widely known for making confetti flowers which are more long-lasting, and this type of flowers will also be at the Flower Fair in Florence. The brighter side, the craftsmen behind such flowers will also be there. Yes, such flowers are hand-made, and the results are just impeccable.

The Flower Fair in Florence has more than enough to offer. The different flowers will bring about flowery feelings in you since you’ll be able to blend flowers of different colors and species to come up with something appealing.

It will be a self-torture to miss such a big fair if you are around Italy especially Florence city. Enrich your taste in flowers through visiting such a fair. On the other hand, it would be good to take someone who is very passionate about flowers, to at least to gain some knowledge.


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History of Uffizi Gallery

Granduca Francisco de’ Medici, son of Cosimo I, commissioned the construction of the Uffizi Gallery. It was initially designed by one of the leading architect and painter of the 15th century, Giorgio Vasari and built in the year 1581 under his guidance.
This Florence museum has a corridor which connects it to Pitti Palace, which became a Medici Family residence when the Pitti family fell into bad times. This secret corridor runs above the Ponte Vecchio, which gave the Medici Family the privacy to attend the mass without walking through the streets. There are many towers and buildings which later opens into the Boboli Gardens. The construction of the corridor was completed within 5 months to celebrate the wedding of Cosimo’s son, Francesco with Giovanna of Austria.
It was initially planned to hold admirative and judiciary offices and not for keeping masterpieces. During the years when this building was being constructed, the Medici Family had a huge influence over Florence. Many buildings were demolished for make space for its construction, one of which was a Romanesque Church. It’s remains of which can be found in the lower level of the street called Via della Ninna. The arches, columns and a part of the aisle are visible from across the street.
As Florence is known as the birthplace of Renaissance, the influences of which can also be seen in the architecture of this U-shaped gallery. Some of the best pieces of Italian Art can be found in Uffizi Gallery.

Giorgio Vasari passed away during the time the construction was going on and could not complete the construction of the Uffizi gallery. It was taken up by another renowned artist Bernardo Buontalenti.

Giorgio Vasari

Some interesting facts about the Uffizi Gallery

  • The famous works of the entire Renaissance period can be found in this one museum in Florence.
  • There are 45 rooms in the Uffizi Museum and holds some prominent art pieces which include – The Birth of Venus, Adoration of the Magi, Primavera, to just name a few.
  • The masterpieces in the gallery are from other countries as like Holland, Spain, and Germany, not just from Italy.
  • In the year 1966, Florence faced a terrible flood, but the irreplaceable art pieces of Uffizi Gallery were rescued by locals and tourists before the floodwaters could reach the Gallery. The volunteers who saved the artworks were acknowledged and were called ‘Mud angels.’
  • In the year 1911, The Mona Lisa went missing from the Louvre in France. Leonard Vincenzo, who claimed to be in possession of the masterpiece tried to sell it to the Uffizi Gallery Director, who was also a wealthy art dealer, two years after it was lost.
  • Though Leonard Vincenzo claimed that he was returning The Mona Lisa to Florence, where it rightfully belonged, he was arrested. Meanwhile, The Mona Lisa adorned the walls of the Uffizi Gallery, as long as it took to complete the paperwork.

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has stood the test of time and holds within it the secrets of the bygone era. The Gallery in itself it a masterpiece and attracts art lovers from around the globe.


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The Way of the Gods – Between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna

he region between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna is known as the Way of the Gods. This route was so named because the mountains through which the path passes are named after Gods such as – Mount Venere (Venus), Mount Adonis, Mount Giunone (Juno).
In the olden days, this route connected Bologna- Firenze. The Etruscans used this route for the purpose of trade and dominated over Padana Plains. This route was also used during the Middle Ages and considered to the best path to cross the Apennines. It used to be a regular, narrow, unpaved path used by travelers.

Today, this trail is a favorite for mountain biking and Apennines trekking, especially during the spring season.
The Way of the Gods has an official App which provides information related to accommodation, GPS tracks, how to plan your trekking and other related details. Marking and signpost dot the route making it easier for trekkers.
These Florence hills are divided into stages – some on foot and some by bike. The organized tours depend on hiker’s skills and the number of days that they want to spend. As the path is not very difficult to navigate, it is ideal for families and adults.
The different stages are mapped, which are as follows.

  • The first stage is from Bologna to Badolo- The stretch starts at Bologna and is 19.3 by trek and 31.7 by mountain bike. The starting point is Piazza Maggiore and passes through the arcade which was built in 1674.
  • The second stage is from Badolo – Madonna dei Fornelli- This stretch is about 27.8 by trek and 24.7 by mountain bike. You will cross Brento and reach atop Mount Adone. You can also descend the path and reach Monterumici and Monzuno, in case you are too exhausted to hike up Mount Adone.
  • The third stage is Madonna dei Fornelli – Monte di Fo- This is a 17.5 km stretch by trek and 24.7 by mountain bike. The most interesting thing on this path is you will pass through an ancient Roman Street called “Flaminia Militare” and the 2nd-century Roman furnace, which was used to make quicklime out of limestone.
  • The fourth stage is Monte di Fo – San Piero a Sieve- The stretch is 21.8 by trek and 23.7 by mountain bike. This stretch is best avoided in case of bad weather; there is also a board which cautions both bikers and trekkers. On this path, you will come across Osteria Bruciata place. Legend has it that long ago there was a restaurant there and the manager of the restaurant used to welcome guests, rob them and then cook them!
  • The fifth stage is from San Piero a Sieve – Florence- The length of this trek is 34.5 and 33.9 by mountain bike. You will reach the highest part of the camping and reach Fortezza di San Marino.

Difficulty Level- Though the route does not have any technical difficulty; it does get a little slippery during bad weather. It has a medium difficulty level, and for people who keep themselves physically fit it, a must try.
The entire trek can be completed somewhere between 4-6 days.

Florence trekking is a must do for visitors who enjoy being in the outdoors and enjoy trekking and biking. The best part of the trek is, you get to pass through the ancient paths and enjoy some of the most breathtaking sights.


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Florence Monuments

The maximum number of World Heritage sites can be seen in Italy, and people from around the world throng to visit. Italian monuments have stood the test of time, and still manage to captivate and enthrall people of all ages groups.
Florence, which is the birthplace of Italian Renaissance, attracts a huge number of tourists every year. UNESCO declared the Historic Center of Florence as a World Heritage Site. Renaissance Art can be seen in the architecture of the monuments in Florence. Art Galleries like Palazzo and Uffizi, wield considerable influence in the field of Art and culture even today.
The following are the famous monuments that are located in Florence.

Palazzo Vecchio

Built by Arnolfo di Cambio, Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most significant monuments in Florence. In 1300, this monument became synonymous with the Florentine Republic and today is a seat of Municipality of Florence.
A guide is recommended for a visit to this palace, who can take you through the rooms, secret passages, and corridors where the Medici Family once lived.

The Cathedral (Duomo)

Santa Maria del Fiore, to whom this Cathedral is dedicated to was also designed by Arnolfo di Cambio. He was considered to be the most celebrated architect of his times. It had a Gothic architecture and covered in colored marble.
Many sculptures can be found in the Museum ‘Opera del Duomo’ The beautiful stained-glass windows and wooden inlays on the Sacristy cupboards, designed by greats such as Antonio Del Pollaiolo, Brunelleschi, etc., can still be seen in the Cathedral.
The Cupola- This surprisingly modern dome can be seen distinctively against the Florentine Skyline. The Cupola was built by Filippo Brunelleschi, who started its construction in 1420. Brunelleschi used his knowledge of Roman architecture and developed a unique technique, which he used in the construction of this monument.
The ceiling of the Cupola has the painting of the Last Judgement, which was painted by Giorgio Vasari and later completed by Federico Zuccari.

Palazzo Pitti

Luca Pitti got this magnificent palace built to flaunt in front of the Family of Medici. But the palace fell into the hands of the Family of Medici when misfortune struck the Pitti family. Palazzo Pitti became the Medici family residence and was enlarged by Bartolomeo Ammannati, who also designed its famous Boboli Gardens. Today the Pitti Palace houses some famous Florentine Museums and Art Galleries.

Basilica of San Lorenzo

The Basilica was designed and built by Brunelleschi, in a Roman style of architecture. Left to the Basilica, is the Laurentian Library, which held the Medici family collection of the books and manuscripts. The library was designed by Michelangelo.
The Cappelle Medicee- This Church belonged to the Family of Medici and was later became their mausoleum.

San Miniato Al Monte

Is another beautiful church which an example of Tuscan and Roman styles of architecture.

Florence never fails to amaze tourists who throng the place the year around. It is also considered to be one of the most romantic places in the world. Florence Engagements and weddings are very popular with couples in love.


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Visit Florence during the spring

Visiting Florence during the spring is definitely a must-do. With the warm temperatures, you will be surrounded by the vibrant colors and smells of blooming flowers and the songs of birds.

In Florence, 21st of March is officially considered to be the first day of spring.
Tuscany is famous not just for its rich history and traditions but is also known for its beautiful landscapes, cuisine, and wines. Located in central Italy, it attracts tourists from around the world to come to soak-in its age-old beauty and vibrant culture.

Spring is also a time of spring festivals, flower festivals, concerts and Holy Week.
Most stores remain closed on Easter Monday, Liberation Day, May Day and Festa della Repubblica, but places of tourist attraction remain open.

Why visit Florence during spring?

  • Most tourists visit during the summer months, but during spring it is less crowded.
  • Accommodations are readily available, and even the airfares are reasonably priced.
  • Longer daylight hours provide an opportunity to spend more time traveling and sightseeing.
  • It is an opportunity to attend the procession taken during Holy Week.
  • An ideal time to enjoy the profusion of colors, with the blooming plants and trees and enjoy a picnic in the countryside.
  • Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Florence, which is a sight to behold in the spring months.
  • For hikers, spring is the ideal month to enjoy the blooming wildflowers.

Listed are some of the must-do things while visiting Florence in spring:
At Piazza Duomo see the Exploding cart- A huge cart is detonated in front of one of the largest churches in Florence amidst cheering crowds on Easter. It is an annual event which takes place on Easter Sunday. A large procession, which consists of Florentines dressed in Renaissance costumes, trumpeters, drummers, flag throwers, along with four white oxen bring the cart in front of Piazza Duomo. The exploding carriage is followed by fireworks. Florentines follow this tradition for a good harvest.


A visit to the gardens of Florence- There are two beautiful gardens in Florence, one of which is a rose garden. It is a must visit as you can see more than a thousand varieties of flowers.
Visit the Gelato Festival- Firenze gelato festival is an annual event. You can spend your day sampling gelatos or sip gelato cocktails or smell gelato perfumes. You can also take part in a contest where you can ‘Taste- Vote- Win.’
Le Cascine Park – Pack up a picnic basket with the best wines, cheeses, bread or meat, and ride a bike in Florence’s largest park.
Enjoy a night-out at Notte Bianca- The city of Florence stays up all night which is called ‘White Night.’ The streets are filled with people to enjoy this after dark arts festival. You can enjoy the food, drink, concerts, music, and much more. This night is the most fun-filled night of the city of Florence.

Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato- is Florence’s International Handicraft Trade Fair. You get to check out the best handicrafts from around the world. It is an annual event and craftsmen from all corners of the world gather here. It is also an opportunity to sample some exciting food at one place.
The beauty of Florence never fails to captivate and enchant its visitors, no matter what the season is. But spring has its unique enchantment, and the entire Florence transforms into a magical place.


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The Italian lifestyle and life in Florence

The Italians are very proud people and fiercely defend their origins, culture, village, town and language. They believe that there is no place like home. They revel in their markets and visit markets as a ritual. Italians love their drinks and food. After all, the pizza and pasta are passionately Italian. Italy is also known for its espressos and cappuccinos although it does not grow a single coffee plant. (more…)


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Fiesole: a small and wonderful window on Tuscany

Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, but Fiesole is the heart and soul of Tuscany. Perched at a height of 1000 feet on the Tuscan Hills towards the northeast of Florence just 8 Km away, Fiesole offers magnificent views of the Florence town below. (more…)


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The Pisa’s tower: an international monument with an eternal charm

While there may be a controversy surrounding the identity of the architect of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, there is none as far as the structure goes. It is among the seven wonders of the medieval world. The structure is a free standing bell tower, also known as a campanile, built in early twelfth century. (more…)


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