Unconventional F-lights shoots – it’all about the bridge #flightfirenze

F-lights 2016 in Florence
F-lights 2016 in Florence
Lightness - the title of this videomapping project on Ponte Vecchio
Lightness – the title of this videomapping project on Ponte Vecchio
Emil Nolde arts on Ponte Vecchio
Van Gogh arts on Ponte Vecchio

Unconventional shoots – it’all about the last F-lights cerimony, the one that has just started some days ago and will last until the beginning of 2017, it takes place all around the city of Florence, and you can enjoy it just walking by the main squares and monuments of the city.

I’ve just have the chance to have a look at some projections that appear each nights on Ponte Vecchio: you can stare at them showing up and introducing the topic of ‘lights’ in the history of arts through a series of images related to some of the main artists, from Taddeo Gaddi to Raffaello, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Giacomo Balla, Emil Nolde, Andy Warhol and Dan Flavin.

F-lights is the name of the festival about all kinds of activities that could be related to the lights that could be used to enhance the city to make it even more inspirational (as if it was not enough!): video-mapping on buildings and monuments, projections on pavements and squares, streelights from the top panoramas, special shop windows and so on..

Here you are some F-lights shoots:

F-lights Florence 2016
F-lights Florence 2016 – image by Giacomo Balla
Image projections taken from Dan Flavin arts
Image projections taken from Dan Flavin arts

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F-lights 2016 in Florence
F-lights 2016 in Florence

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#NoteOfTheDay All about that bass by Meghan Trainor

Vinci, Leonardo and Italian excellence

Let’s go to Vinci for a trip, it’s winter, it’s cold, but when the sun shines the need to go somewhere green becomes a must: Vinci is the winner city  of this daytrip, a small town located on the Montalbano hills – and we’re obviously talking about the birthplace of Leonardo ‘da Vinci’. Vinci landscapes and Leonardo will be the protagonists of the following pics:

Vinci, Tuscany
Vinci, Tuscany
Leonardo Souvenir
Leonardo Souvenir
Vinci, Tuscany
Vinci, Tuscany
The Vitruvian man - Vinci view
The Vitruvian man – Vinci view

imagehere you can visit a sort of dislocated museum, in the sense that there are several units which are part of the ‘Museum of Leonardo’ in the city of Vinci.

The first visit to do is the Castle of the Guidi Counts in the city center: here you can have a taste of the exhibitions:

rotable crane - first model used to build the Florence' s Dom
rotable crane – first model used to build the Florence’ s Dome
crane in action
crane in action
Four spindle spinning machine
Four spindle spinning machine
Gold-beating machine, Vinci Museum
Gold-beating machine, Vinci Museum

here you are the wooden series: instrumental tools and shapes, a tank model, Leonardo’s wheels studies applied to a bicycle

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Wooden Tank model by Leonardo Da Vinci
Wooden Tank model by Leonardo Da Vinci
Mechanical wing model by Leonardo da Vinci
Mechanical wing model by Leonardo da Vinci
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Wooden structure representing the tool and crane used to build the top of the Dome of Florence
Shades and lights reflecting the Vitruvian Man

Then the series of work of arts dedicated to the painting and the study of perspective:

Reflection and perspective with Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Reflection and perspective with Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
The study of wheels - wooden machines by Leonardo
The study of wheels – wooden machines by Leonardo

Here is the Leonardo’s painting in which he was able to introduce the power of linear perspective to go towards naturalism in painting. You can see the deepth of the landscape and natural pose of the characters by looking at it moving to the right, from Mary’s point of view: if you do so, you can enjoy the very point of view and right perspective:

Leonardo's Annunciation
Leonardo’s Annunciation

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Trip to Anchiano, birthplace of Leonardo
Trip to Anchiano, birthplace of Leonardo

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Books and videos about Leonardo history by Archivio Luce
Books and videos about Leonardo history by Archivio Luce

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#NoteOfTheDay by Rag’n’Bone Human

 

🌊 Projections and videomapping at Ponte Vecchio, rembering the disastrous flood in Florence

It happened by chance to be near Ponte Vecchio some days ago: it happened by chance to enjoy the projections dedicated to the Florence’s flood of 60s and stare at those symbols who were introducing the level of the Arno river during that disaster…

Ruler projections to mesure the flood' level
Ruler projections to measure the flood’ level
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Santo Spirito and Santa Maria Novella and San Giovanni almost completely flood ed by Arno
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Arno’s level at Galluzzo and Gavinana (Florence areas)
Arno's level at Santa Croce during the flood
Arno’s level at Santa Croce during the flood

Some of the projections were part of the popular Locchi’s archive (an old and professional photographer of Florence):

Arno's flood level
Arno’s flood level
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Giorgio Vasari and ‘Corridoio Vasariano’

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Here you are the last videomapping images:

Florence flood projections at Ponte Vecchio
Florence flood projections at Ponte Vecchio

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Milestone: 1565: the Vasarian Corridor was built..

1956: corridoio Vasariano was built

Milestone – 1593: Ferdinando I ordered to all the goldsmiths of the city to move on the bridge:

#OneNoteADay ‘Rivers of Babylon‘ by Boney M. 🌊

The last supper by Vasari unveiled: one night at the Opera of Santa Croce

Yes it’s hard to be believe, above all if thinking that that night was a Saturday night!

Who can imagine to be involved in a surprisingly exhibit on a Sat night? And in a church? Well it can happen, it happened. Saturday night, November 5th 2016.

It was almost midnight when the news came to my ears: ”The last supper‘ by Vasari will be shown at the Opera of Santa Croce for free – only for a night, due to the 50th anniversary of Florence flood – the disastrous flood of 1966 which destroyed half of the city…Vasari painting included.

Here you are what I was lucky to see..the Vasari unveiled at the Opera of Santa Croce:

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Last dinner by Vasari, Santa Croce, Florence
The last ssupper by Vasari, Santa Croce, Florence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In one of the inner room, there were projections related to the worst flood ever – at least in Florence:

Florence flood 1966
Florence flood 1966

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During that flood – it was said – that the most of the city heritage was completely destroyed. The Vasari painting that was in the church of Santa Croce at that moment, was completely damaged by the water, and that’s why its restoration has been chosen as a symbol for the 50th anniversary after the big flood.

Enjoy my last pics of the Opera of Santa Croce:

Opera of Santa Croce, Florence
Opera of Santa Croce, Florence

 

..even if I suggest to visit it to have a look and see directly the painting and the Opera too! 🙌

Projections and lights in Santa Croce, Florence
Projections and lights in Santa Croce, Florence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#NoteOfTheDay ‘Only for a night‘ by Florence and the machine

Renaissance, Medici and Bargello: the #Florencetoenjoy

Marble David by Donatello, 1404

Are you wondering where to go if you’re in relax, in Florence, in a sunny day, reading that museums are free because it’s the last Sunday of the month?

Bargello Museum, Florence
Bargello Museum, Florence

…This is the solution number 1

Here you are a sort of Bargello-pictures-show with some details about its artists and scultures. Take it as a sort of tour, for those who still not have the chance to go.

Entrance/view from the top:image

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Bacco, Bargello, Florence
Birds sculptures by Giambologna
Birds sculptures by Giambologna

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Then there is the Majolicas and pottery room:

Ceramics and majolicas pottery room in Bargello
Ceramics and majolicas pottery room in Bargello
Cantagalli manufacture
Cantagalli manufacture

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Here you are the beauty accessories: the oldest bags made of pottery, ivory mirrors, jewels, chess and unbelievable staff and ornaments 😵

The very first bag made by pottery
The very first bag made by pottery
Ivory works of art used to cover a little mirror
Ivory works of art used to cover a little mirror

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The very first chess made by ivory
The very first chess made by ivory
Hamlets and knives, Bargello
Hamlets and knives, Bargello:

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Jesters sticks
Ornaments made by coral
Ornaments made by coral

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Hamlets
Jewels in Bargello
Jewels in Bargello

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Mother-of-pearl elements
Mother-of-pearl elements

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Then you arrive in the Islamic room with its completely covered walls, dark atmosphere and detailed ornaments:

Islamic room, Bargello
Islamic room, Bargello

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Islamic pattern, Bargello
Islamic pattern, Bargello

…and the last biggest, brilliant and crowded room is the main central one with both the David statues:

Main room at Bargello, with Davids
Main room at Bargello, with ‘Davids’
David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
Marble David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
Marble David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence

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and the heraldic lion which is located in the middle of the room, Marzocco:

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Marzocco by Donatello,the heraldic lion of Florence

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After some hours, you can also enjoy the solution number 2

Medici chapels

Inside the Medici Chapels, Florence
Inside the Medici Chapels, Florence

Here you are the Chapel of Princes where the Medici are buried:image

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The Chapel of Princes, dome designed by Buontalenti

 

 

 

 

Medici Chapel details, Florence
Medici Chapel details, Florence

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Florence Dome, Medici Chapel, Florence

#NoteOfTheDay ‘Renaissance‘ by Paolo Buonvino & Skin

 

 

 

Long gone day, the song says

Long gone day.. is the title of a great song that came to my mind after I decided to have a long long walk. This walk had to be in a naturalistic place, with not many people, towards the top of the city – which basically is a place for tourists, but luckily, they’re not so mad like me to choose the warmest hours of the day. I generally love to explore these areas with long random walking moments which last almost 2 hours, maybe more…

And I generally take at least 1 picture a step 🙌 – these were the last 10 steps, the hardest ones:

San Niccolò Tower - Florence

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Florence from the top - San Miniato
Florence from the top – San Miniato

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Florence view from San Miniato Cemetery
Florence view from San Miniato Cemetery

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Florence view
Florence view

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Go walking, sightseeing and relaxing while listening to your favourite music thanks to the playlist you’ve just created exactly to enjoy your walk-state-of-mind. Well, you can also think about your life, but I suggest not to do it too much 😜💁

#NoteOfTheDay Long gone day by Mad Season

 

Say Hanbok – the traditional Korean dress

Korean festival in Florence
Korean festival in Florence – Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress

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Korean mood has always been so cute and interesting, maybe because of their hilarious way of being, colorful dresses, colorful faces, colorful dishes, smiles and quiteness. It happened some days ago, while walking down the street, that two super colorful Korean girls were inviting people to enjoy their festival… and so it was.

Here we go, let’s have a taste of their culture. The first thing to do was to choose a Korean name – kkoch was mine, which means flower – and then enjoy a tour in their arts, discovering their writing style, paintings and origamis. Needless to say, the hanboks were the top, the traditional Korean clothing often made by silk and original fantasy, flowers, flags or abstracts design.

Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing art
Korean writing art
arts at Korean Festival in Florence
arts at Korean Festival in Florence – Korean flagship
Korean girl 🍥
Korean girl 🍥
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean guys - paintful life
Say kkoch! Flower in Korean – paintful life

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It’s a lovely and funny people, hope to know more about them 🍥🍙🍡

#NoteOfTheDay by R.E.M. Shiny happy people

 

 

Rare red rampant roofs of Florence

Enjoy life and friends
Enjoy life and friends
That little Mosque over there
That little Mosque over there

Exclusive chances that sometimes happen. A long unforgettable moment that you would love to live for much longer, but it lasts enough to take loads of pictures and remember it forever…

Panorama of the red roofs of Florence
Panorama of the red roofs of Florence

Here you are the details of the panorama:

On the red roofs of Florence
On the red roofs of Florence
On the red roofs of Florence
On the red roofs of Florence: peace, relax and listen to the wind
On the red roofs of Florence: a drone is in the air!
Florence Dome at sunset 1 – On the red roofs of Florence: a drone is in the air!
Florence Dome and a drone
Florence Dome and a drone
Florence Dome
Florence Dome
Florence view: Santa Croce
Florence view: Santa Croce
Florence view: towards the Dome from the drone
Florence view: towards the Dome from the drone

Florence red roofs

Florence red roofs: from the top
Florence red roofs: from the top

#NoteOfTheDay Viva la vida by Coldplay

Monalisa and Berta, 2 women stuck in Florence

It was a funny discovery, it happened some days ago while I was searching for something to do in Florence – hopefully for free

So I ended up reading a city blog and, 5 minutes after, I was walking towards Palazzo Pitti, here you are what I found out:

Lisa Gherardini, Monnalisa, Florence

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It’s in Via Sguazza, the street were Lisa Gherardini – better known as Monalisa, La Gioconda, the wonderful lover of Leonardo Da Vinci was born. And she’s still there in her house waiting for being admired by the people of the world.

Monalisa, via Sguazza, Florence
Monalisa, via Sguazza, Florence

Just in front of her there’s a new version of Monalisa, a contemporary picture created by Blub, a street artist in Florence whose paintings and creations are always totally submerged in the water:

Monalisa street art version by Blub #Lartesanuotare
Monalisa street art version by Blub #Lartesanuotare

After taking some pictures, I head ed towards the second lady of Florence, the less popular one, but it is worth it to tell her story too.

I’m talking about ‘La Berta‘ whose legend tells she was stuck in the wall by magic while she was screaming at a sentenced magician to not give any water to help him. While it was happening, the magician replied that she won’t be able anymore to move her head from that wall of the tower, and there she is:

La Berta, via Cerretani, Santa Maria Maggiore - Florence
La Berta, via Cerretani, Santa Maria Maggiore – Florence

You just have to look towards the highest part of the wall of Santa Maria Maggiore to see her stuck in between of the two highest windows:

La Berta, via Cerretani, Santa Maria Maggiore - Florence

If you fancy walking up and down the city, enjoy its uniqueness and discover these little pieces of ancient arts.

#NoteOfTheDay ‘Piece of my heart‘ by Janis Joplin