March 2021

Discover Destination Florence & Tuscany Countryside

This month (March 2021) The Mutika Team will guide you to discover the wonderful Tuscany region, the cradle of the Italian language. It is a region of talented artists, full of charm, stunning landscapes, culture, history and events to discover together. Florence is the city of Renaissance art, thanks to its artistic heritage. It is one of the best known and most visited destinations in the world. An unfailing destination for your dream itineraries.

 

Dreamy, sumptuous, enchanting: Tuscany is one of the most breathtaking region to visit in Italy. Its vibrating capital, Florence, is the home for some of the most celebrated and famous works of Renaissance art and architecture of the world such as Michelangelo’s David, paintings of Botticelli in the Uffizi Galleries and the Duomo. You will be charmed by the suggestive variety of the territory of the region, thanks to its lush hills and rugged Apennines, the beaches of the island of Elba in the Tyrrhenian Sea, olive groves and vineyards of Chianti. In a few words: precious.

art

Florence is hometown for different famous and talented artists that made an important contribution to the Italian Art movements in our history. Mutika Team will guide you to explore more details about three of them: Cimabue, Dante Alighieri and Michelangelo.

Cimabue

He was a painter and mosaicist, the last great Italian artist of the Byzantine movement.
He is mentioned by Dante into his Divine Comedy as the teacher of the great Giotto and considered by the painter and architect Giorgio Vasari as the father of the Italian painting movement, he wrote on Cimabue as the one who was born “to give the first light to the art of painting”.

Dante Alighieri

He is one of the most worldwide known Italian poets of the Middle Ages. His “Divina Commedia” is often considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.
The comedy describes Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, guided first by the Roman poet Virgil and then by his beloved Beatrice, who met at nine, the subject of his love.
The suffering for the unrequited love of Beatrice brought Dante to give his crucial imprint to the “Dolce Stil Novo”, influencing novels and poems of many writers of the time to discover and explore the themes of Love, which had never been so emphasised before.

Michelangelo

He was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet born in Florence.

Although he is world-famous for the stunning fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at Vatican Museums, Rome, his masterpiece, the artist formed himself primarily as a sculptor. He was just 24 when realized the impressive and perfect David sculpture, today at “Galleria dell’Accademia”, Florence.
Michelangelo was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was still alive: the first one was written by the painter and architect Giorgio Vasari and the other one by Ascanio Condivi, Michelangelo assistant.

architecture

From leaning monuments to fascinated medieval villages, Tuscany is a region full of diversification when it comes to art and architecture. Furthermore, it is interesting to know that the history behind every monuments is often mysterious and connected to religion.

Rich in history and charm, Tuscan architecture is the synthesis of three distinct historical moments that has left a relevant signature on the works that we all know and love today.


The first phase was the reaction to the Rococò movement: the cultural climate favored the transposition of the Enlightenment into architecture, with a brand new aesthetic ideal based on the use of simple geometric shapes. In the second phase, the Napoleonic influence brought attention back to classical Greek and Roman art. During the third period the artistic movements were influenced by the local tradition, especially the Renaissance one, moving away from all the historical presuppositions.
Neoclassicism instead was established as a stylistic model based on the return of the Ancien Régime, in what critics called “Romantic Neoclassicism”.

food & wine

When it comes to food & wine, Italy is always the first answer.
Tuscany in particular is known for its full bodied red wine matching perfectly with the famous and delightful T-Bone steak, “bistecca alla fiorentina”. Just add a little bit of Extra Virgin Oil.
Can you feel the flavour? Let’s learn something more about the characteristics of this unique combo.

Wine

Tuscany is one of the most prestigious wine-growing regions in Italy, its hills offer products whose flavors are envied by the whole world. Tuscany wineries produce through optimal geological and climatic conditions, high-quality wines with a unique touch. The internationally popular wines such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti or Vino Nobile from Montepulciano and Super Tuscans thrive here and they are in the list of every wine collector and sommelier.

Bistecca Fiorentina

T-bone steak is one of the most famous dishes you may find everywhere in Florence. According to the tradition, the Fiorentina steak must be from the Chianina cow, a breed which
comes from the Valdichiana in Tuscany, served in an impressive maxi size, cooked for a few minutes, at least 4-5 minutes per side.

Extra Virgin Oil

Tuscany is one of the biggest olive oil producers in the world. The best and pure production is called EXTRA VIRGIN which is the category with the highest quality from an organoleptic point of view (taste, colour, smell, feel) and also benefits from specific European legislation that guarantees its quality. In Tuscany, the harvesting stage starts in October, the olives are mostly picked by hand and immediately sent to be pressed.

Events

Tuscany has always been a territory of great events ranging from art to fashion, from food to music. These are some of the main events that take place every year in Tuscany, often linked with a centuries historical tradition. Just think of the Palio di Siena, the most important and world-wide renowned event in the city of Siena, which has been held twice a year since the 6th century. A long tradition accompanies all the celebrations organized in each city, from the big one to the smallest of the region, during the patron’s day. Wherever you go in Tuscany, and at any time of the year, you will probably find an event to take part in. Choose your best events in Florence not to be missed for your next planned journey!

Palio di Siena

The Palio is a four day-long historical secular Sienese tradition, strictly connected with the origin of the Contradas of Siena, districts into which the town is divided.The Palio presents both a historical parade rich of medieval costumes which date back to the time period from 1430 to 1480 and a race. The goal of the Palio is for the jockeys of each Contrada to goad their horses round the main square of Siena “Piazza del Campo” three times in order to win the race.

Pitti Palace

Purchased in 1550. Pitti Palace was chosen by Cosimo I de’ Medici and his wife Eleanor of Toledo as the new Grand Ducal residence, and it soon became the new symbol of the Medici’s power over Tuscany. The palace still bears the name of its first owner, the Florentine banker Luca Pitti. Today the Palace is divided into four museums: the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, the Palatine Gallery and the Imperial and Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Costume and Fashion. The Palace is often the chosen location for Fashion events such as “WORN BY THE GODS: the art of footwear through ancient Rome, epic films and contemporary fashion”, an exhibition that connects both history and fashion.

Calcio Fiorentino

Calcio storico fiorentino is an early form of football that originated in 16th century Italy, in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. The game may have started as a revival of the Roman sport of harpastum (a form of ball game played in the Roman Empire). Calcio was reserved for rich aristocrats who played every night between Epiphany and Lent. Even Popes were known to play the sport in Vatican City. The games were known to get violent as players can use hands and feet and tactics such as tripping and tackling. In a historically famous occasion, the city of Florence held a match on February 17, 1530 in defiance of the imperial troops sent by Charles V, as the city was under siege.

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