If you are coming to Florence you should add to your list the tour of the Duomo terraces: it’s a unique experience to do at least once in your life! Below we listed some of the reasons that make this Florence exclusive tour a must-to-do. Continue reading “Visit the exclusive terraces of Florence Cathedral”
It’s been 25 years since the terrorist attack happened in Florence in the night between May 26th and 27th, just few steps away from the Uffizi Gallery. The attack was carried out by the Sicilian Mafia and killed 5 persons, injured 40 people and damaged many works of art. One of those is The Card Players by Bartolomeo Manfredi.
May 27th 1993, 1.05 am – The explosion in the heart of Florence
It was 1.05 am when a car packed full of explosives and parked in via dei Georgofili exploded: the roar in the night was terrible and was heard from far far away: the medieval Tower dei Pulci, headquarter of Accademia dei Georgofili, collapsed together with all the windows of the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor and the other buildings nearby.
The damaged artworks were about 400, luckily the masterpieces by Botticelli and other Renaissance artists, were protected by their protection glasses and not ruined; in total 103 artworks were seriously damaged. The Card Players by 17th century painter Bartolomeo Manfredi was terribly damaged: more than 500 pieces were picked up, one by one, by the Uffizi keepers in the next days.
The Card Players: yesterday, today and tomorrow
The painting by Bartolomeo Manfredi was hanged at the beginning of the Vasari Corridor, since the second half of the ’70s: Luciano Berti, Uffizi’s Director at that time, decided to open the Vasari Corridor to guided tours and displayed at the its entrance, several artworks from the 17th century Caravaggeschi.
The Card Players by Bartolomeo Manfredi was irremediably damaged and became the symbol of the Via dei Georgofili bombing, and displayed in the Uffizi Gallery for years as memento of the tragic event.
The painting has recently been carefully restored by Florentine restorer Daniela Lippi, who carefully put back together the 500 pieces to give a new life to this, believed completely lost, painting. Her work was filmed by journalist Luca Galassi in the documentary The Care (here the link to the crowdfunding campaign) and told in the book “Cultura contro terrore”.
After 25 years The Card Players is back to the Uffizi Gallery:it will be on display at the Vasari Auditorium until June 3rd – information here. You may find more information also in our free ebook about the Vasari Corridor!
The Museum Zeffirelli, and International Center for the Arts and Enterntainment dedicated to the Maestro
Last October opened in Florence a new museum: the Museum Franco Zeffirelli, dedicated to the artistic and cultural heritage of a seventy-year career.
Franco Zeffirelli was born in Florence in 1923 and is one of the most famous and awarded Italian directors, as well as producer of operas, films and television; he was nominated 14 times for an Oscar, won 5 David di Donatello and several international awards. His films and operas are authentic maserpieces, that are now available to Florence, his city, and the world.
The Zeffirelli collection displays 250 works by the Maestro including sketches, pictures and original costumes. The exhibition is chronologically subdivided in Prose Theatre, Opera and Cinema.
Openings and Tours of Zeffirelli Museum
The Museo Zeffirelli is located inside the monumental Complex of San Firenze in the city center of Florence, just few steps from Palazzo Vecchio. It’s opened from 10am to 6pm every day, except on Thusdays; ticket costs 10€ per person, while children under 6 years old are free.
Photo credits – Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli
While February is ending we are planning the guided tours in Florence, for Italian-speaking residents and not only residents, in March and April. We are going to visit unknown museums, secret gardens, and off-the-beaten streets. Check out the calendar! Continue reading “Svegliatevi bambine: Spring is coming to Florence”
UPDATED IN DECEMBER 2018
The countdown for Christmas has officially started! Below you have all the major museums’ schedules during the upcoming Christmas holidays in Florence. Continue reading “Florence Museums Open for Christmas and New Year Day”
Are you planning a trip to Florence with your children? Don’t be worried about it because you have several things to do with your family when in Florence. Here we listed 5 things to do with children in Florence. Continue reading “Visit Florence with Kids: 5 things to do”
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Are you coming to Florence with your family and children? Would you like to discover more about Florence and its magnificent Renaissance art? We have a created a family-friendly walking tour to visit Florence and meet the Renaissance super-heroes. Here some of the super-artists you meet during our Florence walking tour. Continue reading “Visit Florence with children: meet the Renaissance Super-Heroes of Florence”
Welcome to September! In Italy September is that time of the year when schools start after the long Summer holidays, harvest is coming soon and you count the days to Christmas. We have a rich program of tours for the entire month of September! Continue reading “Waiting for Autumn: Tours in Florence in September”
In Italy we celebrate Ferragosto on August 15th and it’s a catholic feast to celebrate the Assumption of Mary. This means that is a public holiday and most of the museums, offices, shops and restaurants are closed. Here a list of the museums in Florence opened on Ferragosto. (updated in 2018) Continue reading “Ferragosto in Florence: the museums open on August 15th 2018”