Art Courses at Scuola Toscana

As always, at the end of the year our art teacher sends us some pictures of our students at work.

Francesca and her team work in an atelier 5 minutes walk from the school, and they are becoming quite popular among our students. As a matter of fact, every year the number of customers who choose the course of Italian language + art is slightly increasing.

Students vary from amateurs, sempi-professionals, and passionate people who want to relax in a friendly atmosphere doing someting creative.

The feedback we receive from the students is good, they really like to be in Florence, among the Renaissance masterpiece, and have a try at doing art themselves.

2016 preview ?

Our art history teacher and local guide Caterina – is working even when in holidays. She sent us a quite mysterious message from the Archivio di Stato (State Archive) telling that she is working on a new activity.

This new activity will involve the original letters of Caterina de’ Medici… Just have a look at one of these letter… 2016 at Scuola Toscana promises to be a very interesting year !

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Witnesses in Florence


The “Witnesses” by the contemporary artist Mimmo Paladino have arrived in Florence. They are exposed in front of San Lorenzo church, in an impressive row. They are witnesses, and look at us very seriously, almost with severity.


They seem to come from another era, and this is probably their fascination. The “Witnesses” are realised in tufo, and they integrate seamlessly with the marvelous, rough facade of San Lorenzo.


Another occasion to admire the ancient and the modern, in our beautiful city.

Castagnaccio, a Tuscan delicacy for Christmas

Just delicious, try it ! Especially with a dessert wine…

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Castagnaccio is made of chesnuts – Photo and article by Linda G. Bass credit l’Italo Americano
Everyone loves Italian food and the food in Tuscany is considered to be some of the best of all the regions of Italy. Castagnaccio is a plain, chestnut flour cake which is typical in the Tuscany. Chestnuts are harvested in autumn and the cake appears on Tuscan tables throughout the colder months. It is a savory cake that is a wonderful way to end a Tuscan meal. The cake is made from chestnut flour, pine nuts, rosemary and raisins with the addition of olive oil or course! It has no sugar, yeast or baking powder.

This cake is an excellent example of traditional Tuscan food which is simple and inexpensive. Chestnuts are plentiful in Tuscany. In ancient times the bounty prevented hunger for many a poor Tuscan. A romantic legend tells that the Rosemary…

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In support of UNHCR

Every year hundreds of foreign students come to us to study the Italian language and to visit our country, and we welcome them with joy .
Every year many other foreigners come to our country, not because
they want to, but because they are fleeing hunger, wars, totalitarian regimes. They have lost everything, they put their lives at risk. Their only fault, to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We must welcome them with even greater commitment.
Noone can remain indifferent to their desperation.
Also this year we at Scuola Toscana support UNHCR, the UN agency for refugees. This year Scuola Toscana joins the initiative “un impresa speciale / a special enterprise” , in which small and medium-sized enterprises helps UNHCR to buy assets essential to the survival of refugees: tents, stoves, blankets.
You can find our logo here , along with that of other colleagues
who have decided to cooperate with UNHCR ; we are proud of this
initiative and invite everyone this Christmas to support UNHCR .


A quiet evening

A school like ours does not exists suspended in a vacuum , but 
lives in a time, in a place, and is part of the society. We cannot ignore what's happening around. 
Our teachers are good teachers, not only for the work they do in 
the classroom, but also because they are able to build bridges thatconnect the school with the rest of society.
Friday our teacher Lorenzo Bastida delivered a "Lectura Dantis" at the "Murate Cafe" to support the work of the Lila (Lega per la 
Lotta all'AIDS), the Italian organisation to fight the HIV. 
DSCN1386It was a quiet, nice evening. Students, teachers (and directors) ofthe school participated.
A good way to learn the language, a good way to understand the 
culture, and to share values and emotions. 
We are proud of our teachers, and students, at Scuola Toscana.

Divine Beauty

Until January 16th, you can still visit “Bellezza Divina – fra Van Gogh, Chagall e Fontana”, at Palazzo Strozzi with over one hundred works by famous Italian and international artists, sets out to explore the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The exhibition will be hosting work by Vincent van Gogh, Jean-François Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Stanley Spencer, Georges Rouault and Henri Matisse, and Italian contemporary artists as  Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Vedova.


Palazzo Strozzi is anyway a beautiful palace in a beautiful square, therefore do not miss this occasion…

Finding Reality in a bottle of Brunello

A great Tuscan wine in an intelligent, informative, educating article by a real expert… if you are interested in wine, or just like wine, I suggest you to follow this blog !

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Why the 2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino will probably not receive 95 or 97 points in most major wine publications and why that’s a good thing.

Sometimes, when you taste a wine, there’s more there than meets the eye (or palate). Maybe it’s just me, perhaps. After all, I’ve always had a critical eye with most wines. It’s not that I don’t just taste and enjoy (or dislike) a wine, it’s just that certain wines are special and deserve a bit more analysis than those I’d serve as warm weather quaffers.

Take the 2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino, which I tasted the other day. I was excited about trying this wine for two primary reasons: first, this estate has been one of my favorite for the last ten years as far as quality and style of their Brunello, and secondly, this wine is from the 2010 vintage, one…

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Santa Maria Novella

For some weeks we got huge works in progress on a side of the Central Railway Station of Firenze Santa Maria Novella – now the works are over, and this is the area renewed, as it appears…DSCN1343

35 new parking slot for cars, 80 for moped and motorcycles, and many more for bycycles. Not so much, but the whole area is now cleaner and a bit better organised.