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The Vasari Corridor in Florence

19 Dec

The Vasari Corridor is a raised path connecting Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti, passing through the Uffizi and over the Ponte Vecchio.ponte-vecchio_corridoio-vasariano_Florence_Vacavilla

It was built by Giorgio Vasari, who already created the Uffizi Gallery, in just 5 months at the behest of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de ‘Medici in 1565. The Vasari Corridor was realized in occasion of the marriage between the son of the Grand Duke, Francesco, and Johanna of Austria.

It was realized to give opportunities to the grand dukes to move freely and without danger from their residence to the government building, given the still uncertain support of the population towards the new Duke and the new system of government that had abolished the ancient Florentine Republic.

Some curious stories:

the Vasari corridor had to tour around the Torre de ‘Mannelli at the end of the Ponte Vecchio, because of the strenuous opposition of the family that owns this medieval stone tower to overthrow it.


At the center of the Ponte Vecchio there are a series of large panoramic windows on the Arno river towards the Ponte Santa Trinita. Two of these ones were made by Mussolini in 1938 on the occasion of the official visit by Adolf Hitler (May 1938) to tighten the Axis between Italy and Germany, visiting Rome and Florence.

It is said that the sight was very pleasing to the Führer and the Nazi hierarchs who could enjoy it, and perhaps it was the possible reason that saved the bridge from destruction, unlike the fate of all other city bridges following the Nazi retreat.

The Vasari Corridor can be visited starting from the first floor of the Uffizi Gallery.
Beyond the Arno one observes another ‘curiosity of the Corridor or the’ overlooking the Church of Santa Felicita. Suddenly on the right there is a large window with iron grates and a balcony directly overlooking the Church. From here the Medici assisted at Mass, being able to count once more on a private and privileged position, which allowed them not to mix with the people.


The Vasari Corridor ends at the side of the famous Grotta del Buontalenti, in the Boboli garden.

The visits are generally reserved for groups with a limited number of people, due to the rather small size of the passage.

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Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato reopens with “The end of the world” exhibition

17 Oct

The Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art reopens, after the completion of the futuristic spaceship-shaped extension by the Rotterdam-based Indonesian architect Maurice Nio, and of the renovation of the original building designed by the Rationalist architect Italo Gamberini.,presents the exhibition The End of the World.
Through the works of over 50 international artists in a showing that will span the entire exhibition area of the museum, the exhibition has been set up as a kind of exercise of distance which incite us to take a look at our present from a great distance.
Along the way the audience will experience the feeling of being projected thousands of light years away to view our current world as if it were a fossil, geological eras from the present time, resulting in a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a still distant future.
Throughout the exhibition, many expressions and artistic languages are interconnected.
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PICASSO and Spanish Modernity, at Palazzo Strozzi, in Florence Tuscany from 20 September 2014 to 25 January 2015

24 Oct


From the  20 September 2014 to 25 January 2015, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, organised a great exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso and his influence and interaction with the leading Spanish artists as  of 20th century painting, Pablo Picasso.


The florentine exhibition will present a broad selection of works by this great master of modern art and the reflection on his influence and interaction with such important Spanish artists as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Maria Blanchard and Julio González.


The exhibition Picasso and Spanish Modernity shows ninety works by Picasso and other artists: paintings, sculpture, drawing, engraving and film. Some very famous masterpieces presents at the exhibition: Woman’s Head (1910), Portrait of Dora Maar (1939) and The Painter and the Model (1963) by Picasso, Siurana, the Path (1917) and Figure and Bird in the Night (1945) by Miró and Dalí’s Arlequin (1927), along with Picasso’s drawings, engravings and preparatory paintings for his huge masterpiece Guernica (1937). The exhibition presents works have not been displayed outside Spain in such vast numbers before now.

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Teatro del Silenzio tenth edition, with Andrea Bocelli will take place on Sunday August 2nd, 2015

8 Oct


In 2015, the Teatro del Silenzio will take place on Sunday August 2nd.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Teatro del Silenzio, that every summer comes alive in the wonderful scenery of Lajatico, in the province of Pisa, the Maestro Andrea Bocelli with the participation of il Coro da Camera del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Orchestra) will represent the Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.
Zubin Metha will be the conductor of the Opera.
As usual the Teatro del Silenzio will host many international special and famous guests.

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Meeting masterpieces. Bellini, Caravaggio, Tiepolo, from 5th October to 6th January, in Palazzo Pretorio museum in Prato, Tuscany

28 Sep


Palazzo Pretorio museum in Prato will host the extra ordinare exhibition of ‘Meeting masterpieces. Bellini, Caravaggio, Tiepolo and the Tuscan and Venetian Masters from the Banca Popolare di Vicenza Collection, from 5 October 2014 to 6 January 2015.


This will be an opportunity to see together the most important artworks from the collection of the Banca Popolare di Vicenza and to have an overview on the sacred and profane subjects in the Tuscan and Venetian art in the period between the fifteenth and the eighteenth century.


The exhibition, featuring 86 panels and canvas, is enriched by masterpieces of some of the greatest italian painters as Bellini, Filippo Lippi, Tiepolo, and Caravaggio.

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Palazzo Blu in Pisa celebrates the genius of Amedeo Modigliani

16 Sep

Palazzo Blu in Pisa is becoming year after here one of the most important Italian centre organizing contemporary exhibitions.

From the 3rd of October 2014 to the 15 th of January 2015, Palazzo Blu hosts the works of Amedeo Modigliani.


The masterpieces will come from the Centre Pompidou of Paris, as well as, from the main Italian and foreigners public and private collections.


Together with the works of Modì, masterpieces of Soutine, Picasso, Chagall, Léger, Utrillo, Dufy and Severini will be present. Sculptures of Modigliani and Brancusi will complete the exhibition.


For information and reservations:  Tel. +39 050 220 46 50 –

Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti 56 – Pisa


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Palazzo Pretorio Museum, Prato

10 Apr

The Palazzo Pretorio reopens after about twenty years the 12th of April 2014.

The building, dated 1200, has been completely restored and the beautiful and important paintings part of the collection, that in total includes 3000 works, comes back to visible in the new beautiful spaces.

Palazzo Pretorio shows the most important paintings, ordered according to a chronological sequence which tells the history of the city of Prato.

You can find there very great artists as Bernardo Daddi, Giovanni da Milano, Donatello, Filippo and Filippino Lippi, Alessandro Allori, Santi di Tito, Lorenzo Bartolini, Ardengo Soffici and Jacques Lipchitz.ImageImageImageImage

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