On the Republican Renaissance Spirit

Far from being a pedantic history lesson, this digression on the three Florentine republics that succeeded one another from 1494 (the year of the expulsion of the Medici who, fearful, conniving and rumoured in cahoots with the French of Charles VIII, were overthrown by spontaneous citizen uprisings) intends to bring to light that voluntary, popular and democratic spirit that took place after decades of Medici domination, ignited by the vehement preaching of Friar Girolamo Savonarola.

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The “Fochi di San Giovanni”

It was customary for the eve of St. John to celebrate and light bonfires of or brooms in the city, in the squares and in the countryside and on the hills around the city to celebrate the summer solstice. They were the ‘fires of rejoicing’ which, recalling their pagan origins, attributed sacredness to light. Of that ancient pagan heritage, Florence has preserved the tradition of fires, organized today by the Society of St. John the Baptist with the contribution of the CR Firenze Foundation and the collaboration of the Municipality of Florence.

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Don’t Be Short-armed (tight)!

Of Marco and Roberto we will tell you the human rather than the professional story. In fact, we believe that the world of finance – and by constituency that of savings and insurance, cannot do without that human factor capable of triggering mutual trust and building that relationship of esteem and trust necessary for the perfect success of any relationship, personal and business together. We meet them in the centre of Florence – and with them we take a walk from Piazza della Signoria to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, among the civil and religious splendours of the Renaissance city.

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Giovanni Di Pasquale’s Cuisine

In these times of unbridled homologation, what is difficult, especially in a thousand-year-old city like Florence, is to escape the temptation of compromise, of what one likes, of uniformity of taste. If you are looking for true Florentine cuisine, we recommend the cuisine of Giovanni di Pasquale who has condensed his singular enthusiasm for tradition into his three restaurants Antica Mescita (San Niccolò), Vecchia Osteria del Nacchero (Piazza Gavinana) and Naccherino (the latest creation in San Donato in Collina), rediscovering old gastronomic codes.

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The Archetypal Bronzes by Andrea Roggi

In 1991 he set up the art workshop La Scultura di Andrea Roggi, where he has been crafting his sculptures from start to finish and, with the help of his assistants, he manages to create large-sized yet finely detailed pieces. Bronze is the material he chose, which he puts through the lost-wax casting process to finally transform the clay models into masterpieces.

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Gianluca Bianchini, The Eye of the Solver

Entrepreneur, audio video professional, communicator, writer and film lover – Gianluca reminds us how entrepreneurship has changed and how it requires a rather scrupulous multifunctional and multi-sectoral approach, with the timely help and expertise of consultants and ad hoc professionals and maintaining a great open-mindedness, to be able, when the circumstance requires him to ‘think out of the box’

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Tell Me About What Is Essential

In the splendid residence of the Podere ‘La Stanghetta’, surrounded by cypresses and dotted with multiple points of colour of many essences in bloom, in this locus amoenus that is an oasis of peace, we meet Stefania Gornati and Claudio Gori who introduce us to the secrets of plant cultivation and extraction of essential oils – absolute protagonists of an interesting cosmetic line of which we speak. Let’s get to know them.

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The ‘Origins’ Seen by Young Artists on Exhibition at the Marzocco’s

The link between the world of art and design and La Marzocco has been solid for several decades. This year an important collaboration has taken place with the International School of Comics in Florence. The exhibition hosts the works created by the participants of the last Illustration Marathon, held on 25 March at the Accademia.

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Chicco, the best pizza in town!

But let’s get to the tasting that was dedicated to us: we start with the curious, opulent, speciality of the pizzeria, that “Scarpetta” which refers to the same all-Italian custom, made with ‘Authentic Integrated Grinding Flour’ from the famous mill mentioned above .. Our ‘scarpetta’ (small shoe) is with “Pecorino fondue, nduja, crispy bacon and pepper powder” and is an extra-menu, recurring in the restaurant that follows the best of the market. Large and baroque alveolation, it seems that it opens and closes like an accordion, perfectly absorbing the ‘sauce’.

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