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10 Amazing & Affordable Tuscany Towns

10 Amazing & Affordable Tuscany Towns | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
If you are one of the lucky ones that get to travel to Italy, you will want to be sure to include a visit to these affordable Tuscany towns. Most people think that Italy is too expensive, but if yo…
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15 Best Things to Do in Florence, Italy

15 Best Things to Do in Florence, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
It's no wonder Florence was rated the best city in Europe in our 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. It's as rich in history as it is in culture—and if time is short, these 15 experiences will deliver a primer on this beautiful city.
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On the trail of a Novelist: Ferrante's Italy in 6 stages

On the trail of a Novelist: Ferrante's Italy in 6 stages | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Elena Ferrante has taken the literary world by storm. The Italian novelist—who writes under a pseudonym—is a mystery to her readers, but the places where she sets her books don't need to be. Discover the backdrops to Ferrante's best-selling, four-volume Neapolitan novels series, which concluded with The Story of the Lost Child this past September.
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A Literary journey in Italy on the trail of a novelist who sold millions of books without showing her face.

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Shopping Tour of Florence off the beaten paths

Shopping Tour of Florence off the beaten paths | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Shopping for gold a 112-year-old workshop on the Ponte Vecchio, an artisanal perfumer crafting your bespoke scent in a Renaissance palazzo. Now this is the fine art of Made in Italy. [...]

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Florence has thousands of special addresses, small businesses with a long history or young companies born from the desire to face the scarcity of suitable employment opportunities.
If you are an artist in what you do, if you want your skills meet many amazed customers, putting up a shop in Florence has the best chance of success that you can have. This is why Florence can offers you a wide range of incredible shopping opportunities and this article shows you few examples

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This is Italy's most violent game you'll ever see.

This is Italy's most violent game you'll ever see. | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

When it comes to history, soccer's classic derby matches are put in the shade by the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, a fixture that has been played in Florence since the 16th Century.

Every year on June 24th, the feast day of the city's patron saint, St John the Baptist, sees teams from two of the four historic neighbourhoods do battle in the final of a competition that wraps football and rugby skills into something that resembles a mass brawl conducted in historical costume. [...]

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

A mix, of rugby, soccer, american football, boxing, MMA and Greco Roman wrestling, Calcio Storico happens once a year in Florence, Italy. The 600-year-old sport is probably the most violent game you'll ever see. https://vimeo.com/25512336 

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Scents of Florence, the secret perfume from Renaissance

Scents of Florence, the secret perfume from Renaissance | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

After the historic Florentine flood of 1966 a perfumer found Catherine de Medici's secret perfume formulas in a Renaissance manuscript in a cubbyhole in the basement of his apothecary. Remarkably, the water from the flood hadn't touched it. Buried for centuries, the secrets of the Queen's perfume formulas remained intact. [...]

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Ancient aromas of Italy's Santa Maria Novella - CNN.com

Ancient aromas of Italy's Santa Maria Novella - CNN.com | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

From monkish plague disinfectants to royal aromas, this Florence institution reeks of history.

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Top 5 Art Works to see in the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

Top 5 Art Works to see in the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Discover the David by Michelangelo and more masterpieces that made the Galleria dell'Accademia one of the most important museums in Florence! [...]

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Index:
1. David, by Michelangelo
2. Prisoners (or Slaves), by Michelangelo
3. The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Giambologna
4. Tree of Life, by Pacino di Buonaguida
5. Coronation of the Virgin, by Jacopo di Cione

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Friend of Italy? Help Save Pazzi Chapel in Florence! Kickstarter in Italy

Friend of Italy? Help Save Pazzi Chapel in Florence! Kickstarter in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Are you a real Friend of Italy? Help restore Pazzi Chapel's loggia, a 15th Century structure built by Brunelleschi now needs your help! Follow #CrazyForPazzi on social media too!

Thanks to modern day technology, you can be anywhere in the world and save a 500+ year old loggia. This in not ANY loggia. It belongs to the Pazzi Chapel which sits to the right of the largest Franciscan church in the world—the awe-inspiring Basilica di Santa Croce. [...]

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Statues in Piazza della Signoria in Florence

Statues in Piazza della Signoria in Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
There are loads of world famous, renaissance statues in Piazza della Signoria in Florence, and most of them represent male nudes.
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36 Hours in Florence, Italy

36 Hours in Florence, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
See the skyline without battling crowds, sample pastries from a secret gem, sip artisanal beers and soak up culture during a weekend in the Tuscan capital.
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FRIDAY

1. A Garden With a View | 3 p.m. -  Forte di Belvedere

2. Aperitivo Ora | 6 p.m. - Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina

3. Chic Cucina | 8:30 p.m. - Cucina Torcicoda

4. Prison Break | 11 p.m. - Le Murate Caffè Letterario

SATURDAY

5. Colazione of Champions | 9 a.m. - Pasticceria Giorgio

6. Remember the 1900s? | 11 a.m. - Museo Novecento

7. Pick a Panino | 1 p.m. - Semel

8. Spada Shops | 3:30 p.m. -  MIO Store

9. Balanced Meal | 8 p.m. - Il Santo Bevitore

10. Beer Buzz | 10:30 p.m. - Archea Brewery

SUNDAY

11. Tower Power | 10 a.m. - Torre di San Niccolò

12. Lunch Counter | Noon - Zeb Gastronomia

13. Gucci Goods | 2:30 p.m. - Gucci Museo

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Sanjeeta Bains's curator insight, September 26, 2014 6:19 AM

If you ignore the press trip like itinerary timings and see this more as pointing you in the right direction, you'll have a wonderful weekend!

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This Day in Jewish History / The Jews of Tuscany enter the ghetto, for 277 years

This Day in Jewish History / The Jews of Tuscany enter the ghetto, for 277 years | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Beginning on this day, July 31, 1571, the Jews of Tuscany were restricted to residing within a ghetto, and were to stay there for 277 years. Their confinement persisted until the abolishment of the ghetto in 1848.

The history of the Jewish community of Florence, today the capital city of Tuscany, goes back to the end of the 14th century, when Jewish bankers from the south of Italy were first given permission to settle in the city. By 1428, a group of Jewish financiers had met there and organized a loan to Pope Martin V, in return for a promise of protection. Nine years later marked the official founding of the city’s Jewish community, with the establishment of several Jewish banks.

As was the case in most of Christian Europe, the conditions of Florence’s Jews oscillated, depending on external political conditions, and the particular needs of the ruler in whose hands their fate lay. In the case of the Republic of Florence, the Medici family ruled for most of the time from the 15th century through the early decades of the 18th century, with a wide variety of different attitudes toward the Jews. [...]

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Best Nightlife Activities in Florence

Best Nightlife Activities in Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in not only just Italy, but the world. There is plenty to do and see during the day and night.

Check out this list of fun nightlife activities in Florence!
1. Santa Croce Area.
2. Tabasco
3. Barceló
4. Teatro della Limonaia
5. Rose’s
6. Zoe
7. Tenax
8. Meccano
9. All’Antico Vinaio

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The Magic of Florence

The Magic of Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Dear Traveller, This September I visited Florence. Not my first time in Italy, but that was my first time in Tuscany. I personally admir
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Searching for Tuscan fun: Italy for families

Searching for Tuscan fun: Italy for families | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Florence may be the Renaissance capital of the world – all that breath-taking architecture, those stunning museums, art galleries, churches, squares and fountains, fecund with tubs of sublimely delicious ice cream – but frankly I’d had enough of it. 
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The seven Tuscan UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The seven Tuscan UNESCO World Heritage Sites | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Visiting Tuscany you have the chance to admire seven beauties included in UNESCO world heritage site list: from Florence to Pisa, Siena and Val d'Orcia.
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The seven Tuscan UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  1. Historical Center of Florence (1982)
  2. Piazza del Duomo of Pisa (1987)
  3. San Gimignano (1990)
  4. Historical Center of Siena (1995)
  5. Historical Center of Pienza (1996)
  6. Val d’Orcia (2004)
  7. Medici Villas and Gardens (2013)
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Discovering Why Florence is Florence

Discovering Why Florence is Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The world has been obsessed with this little Tuscan settlement for centuries. No wonder I couldn't be more excited for my Florence city break! [...]

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I have read many articles on Florence and this is not the best, but maybe it is one of few that let you understand of why Florence is Florence, even certain things were not understood by the author

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How to See Less of Florence

How to See Less of Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The real secret to enjoying Florence is to explore some of its less popular sites -- and to savor rather than rush, even if that means ticking fewer items off your list. [...]

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Hurry up to visit the most touristy Italy, do once for ever the endless queues to museums or for a simple ice cream in the town center. There is definitely an Italy less known to explore not lacking of attraction and charm. Especially in Florence. Read the article

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Villa La Massa, Florence: Live like the Medici or just loaf about

Villa La Massa, Florence: Live like the Medici or just loaf about | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Villa la Massa is as classy a hotel as you could expect to find anywhere. Situated on the river Arno, a short drive upstream from Florence in classic Tuscan countryside, it offers the sort of discreet, understated excellence that many expensive hotels strive for but fail to achieve.
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8 tips for maximizing your time in Florence

8 tips for maximizing your time in Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Trying to budget time when planning your vacation to Florence is stressful. It’s so stressful. You drained your savings account and kissed your entire stash of PTO goodbye. You better take full advantage of every single second–and you try to. But as you stand in front of David, staring into his eyes, you might feel yours beginning to [...]

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#CrazyforPazzi, only 31 days to collect $95k to save a portion of the Italian Patrimony

#CrazyforPazzi, only 31 days to collect $95k to save a portion of the Italian Patrimony | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

On November 17, Santa Croce and TF launched a crowdfunding campaign to restore the loggia of the Pazzi Chapel—an area in front of the chapel, open on three sides with a series of arches.

The medieval and the modern merge in this ambitious project to raise 95,000  dollars in just 31 days using the world's largest crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter: in fact, this is the first ever Kickstarter campaign by a major Florentine cultural institution to raise funds for a restoration. [...]

 

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One of these #CrazyforPazzi is Alexandra Korey editor of theflorentinepress.com, author of the blog http://www.arttrav.com/florence/pazzi-chapel/  
For press material there is everything at: http://www.theflorentine.net/press-santacroce/ 

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The insider's guide to Florence - Telegraph

The insider's guide to Florence - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

An insider's guide to Florence, featuring the best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, attractions and things to do, including how to travel there and around. By Lee Marshall, Telegraph Travel's Florence expert. This guide suggests you the best places to stay, eat, drink and shop, including the best things to do and what to do on a short break.

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Why I Fell in Love With Florence

Why I Fell in Love With Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
That's exactly what happened when I decided on a whim to take the train from Pisa into Florence for four days. What happened next was my heart was laid out on a silver platter for what came to be my favorite city in Italy....
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  1. Florence is a walking city.
  2. I fell in love with Florence because I wanted to fall in love IN Florence.
  3. You're in the heart of Tuscany, and the food reflects that.
  4. Night time is the right time.
  5. The beauty of this city will stay in your head and heart forever.



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Donotmiss List's comment, October 3, 2014 10:19 AM
Yep, there's nothing quite like it... It's got a bit of everything and it can please even the most picky traveler. As for the crowds of tourists, I recommend visiting the most popular areas during the week. Even better, during the morning or late at night. The pretty lights are an added bonus! :)
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Singer Sting learns how to make pizzas at the cooking school in Mercato Centrale, Florence

Singer Sting learns how to make pizzas at the cooking school in Mercato Centrale, Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Message In A Bottle hitmaker, 62, headed to the class with his wife Trudie Styler and Italian former footballer Paolo Rossi. [...]

The singer recently sparked controversy when it was revealed that he is charging visitors at his Tuscan estate, Il Palagio  to help him pick grapes and olives. [...]


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Amid Italy’s art gems, tombs inspire, too

Amid Italy’s art gems, tombs inspire, too | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

What may surprise a visitor to Italy is how accessible, and how moving and beautiful, are the tombs and other formal memorials to artists that Italians dutifully and sometimes touchingly maintain. [...]

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