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posted by on August 22nd, 2013

Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere
10am-9pm, last entry at 7pm (closed Thu)
Until October 13th. Zhang Huan – Soul and Matter. An appreciated contemporary artist gives life to works of immediate and explosive strength and power. One of the most widely used material is the incense ash of Buddhist temples.

Casa Buonarroti
Via Ghibellina, 70 – 10am-5pm (closed Tue)
Until October 21st. Antonio Canova, the beauty and the memory – 40 drawings of a great protagonist of neoclassical art.

Galleria degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi – from Tue to Sun 8.15am to 6.50pm (closed on Mondays, Christmas and the first of January)
Until November 3rd. The Great Prince – Ferdinando de ‘Medici (1663-1713), one of the leading collectors and patrons of art in the grand ducal family. The exposition shows the complexity of his interests and the novelty of his choices that conveyed in Florence, between 1600 and 1700, the bigger artists of that period.

Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi – 9am-8pm, Thu 9am-11pm (last admission one hour before closing time)
Until August 18th. The Spring of the Renaissance. The sculptures and the arts in Florence 1400-1460. The “miracle” of the Renaissance in a show that highlights the art of Sculpture. Around 140 masterpieces of the period, starting with the wooden model of the dome by Brunelleschi.

Palazzo Pitti
Piazza Pitti, 1 – 8.15am to 6.50pm (last admission 6.05pm)
Until August 31st . The Myth, the Sacred, the Portrait, paintings from the deposits of the Palatine Gallery.
Until September 15th. The dream in the Renaissance. Rêver à la Renaissance. The theme of dreams in ancient mythology and the culture of Renaissance – Palatine Gallery.

Galleria dell’Accademia
Via Ricasoli, 58 – Tue-Sun 8.15am-6.50pm (last admission 6.20pm), September Tue open until 10pm (closed on Mon)
Until December 8th. From the Lily to David. Civil Arts in Florence between the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The craftsmanship of the ancient Florentine guilds of the fourteenth century.

Medici Chapels
Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6 – 8:15am to 1:50pm (closed 1/3rd/5th Mon and 2nd/4th Sun of every month)
Until October 6th. In the splendor of the Medici. Pope Leone X and Florence. Leone X, the first pope of the Medici family, is celebrated with this exhibition at the Museum of the Medici Chapels, 500 years since his election to the papacy.


posted by on August 20th, 2013

Known as the “black pearl of the Mediterranean”, Pantelleria is the largest and most westerly of Sicily’s satellite islands.

Its highest point, Montagna Grande, is an old volcanic crater and its black lava coastline is dotted with caves and headlands jutting into the sea.

The soil is ideal for crops and the island has many small gardens (panteschi), surrounded by high stone walls.

The traditional house here is the “dammuso”, a cubic dwelling made of squared blocks of stone.


posted by on August 16th, 2013

In the very heart of the enchanting town of Positano, only a two minutes walk from the beach, Casa Giusy is a truly magical place.

Every room has a fantastic view of the sea, the Galli islands, and of the famous ancient church ‘Cupola’.

The terrace leading to the villa is decorated with hand-painted floor tiles, laid out for meals ‘al fresco’ and for sun bathing, all with spectacular views of the sea, and of the village nestled in the rocky hills.

The villa’s interior is elegantly furnished. The bright living areas have vaulted ceilings and beautiful large wrought-iron windows leading directly onto the terrace. The well-organised and well-equipped kitchen leads directly to the dining room and terrace.

The rooms on the first floor have a spectacular sea view and two of them have small ornate balconies adorned with bougainvillea, framing one of the most unforgettable parts of the Amalfi coast.

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posted by on August 6th, 2013

In Sicily, granita and brioche are eaten together for breakfast during the hot months of summer. Usually containing only fresh fruit, water and sugar, Sicilian granita is very simple to make.

Lemon Granita Recipe

1 1/2 cups of water
scant cup of sugar
juice of 2 1/2 lemons

Heat water and sugar, stirring, until sugar dissolves.  Let cool completely.  Stir in lemon juice and refrigerate until cold.  Process in an ice cream maker until slushy, but not frozen completely.  Serve immediately.

Lemon juice and sugar amounts can be adjusted to suit your own taste.  You may freeze leftovers, but keep in mind that it will freeze solid.  Just let it sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes or so, then stir with a fork until slushy again before serving.