A night in a museum – Palazzo Vecchio

Everyday Scuola Toscana offers interesting and exciting activities led by a distinguished staff. On the 21st of May, Caterina, a school’s professor, brought some of us students to the fascinating and wonderful Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza Signoria, which is the town hall of Florence. The tour started at 8 o’clock in the evening, and everyone waited excitedly in front of this huge palace. When standing in front of this building, I felt like being minuscule and the palace had a very powerful effect on me. We started in the famous and universally known room – Salone dei Cinquecento, the most imposing chamber of the palace. This room was featured by the sublime Giorgio Vasari on behalf of Grand Duke Cosimo I, who wanted it as seat of the Grand Council consisting of 500 members. Inside this chamber you can find hundreds of paintings and statues, among others also from Michelangelo. The rest of the palace served as residence for Duke Cosimo and his large family. The Palazzo Vecchio reveals a lot of secrets and mysteries when being there. It is a very amazing and wonderful palace, that for sure is worth a visit. These days, the palace serves as museum and as seat of the mayor of Florence. Visiting a museum by night is an unforgettable adventure and has even a bigger impact than by day. Once in your lifetime you must have experienced such a thing.

The Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens is one of the worldwide most fascinating and beautiful park in the whole wide world. If you once are in Florence, the Boboli Gardens are a must and should be on everyone’s bucketlist. They are located immediately next to the Palazzo Pitti, which was the main seat of the de Medici family that governed the city of Florence for a long long time. The park is located on the south side of the river Arno, near the city center. You can combine the visit of the Boboli Gardens with the visit of Palazzo Pitti, so you can buy just one ticket for both attractions. While walking through the Boboli Gardens you can enjoy the tuscan sun and smell different kinds of citrus fruits and olive trees. The Boboli Gardens are decorated with hundreds of sculptures, small lakes and mediterrean plants. On the upper part of the Gardens you also have the possibility to visit the Museum of porcelain, which contains several outstanding examples of Italian porcelain objects. You will see landmarks as never before and feel like being in a sort of paradise. Tip: Bring something to do a picnic, lay on the grass, catch some sunrays and feel free.

Coffee with a view

Italy is famous for its lifestyle, its climate, its multicultural flair but especially for its delicious and worldwide well-known coffee. Once here in Italy you will be surprised of how good the italian coffee actaully tastes. It doesn’t matter if you have a small one or a big one or with milk or without, it just tastes too good in all the different forms and sizes. Here in Florence, there are a lot of coffee bars, often hidden in some secret spots or in special places like at the cathedral square where you can enjoy your coffee while looking at the fascinating Cathedral of Florence. Rooftop bars are also very loved by italians for having a cup of coffee. It should be on everyone’s bucketlist to enjoy a delicious coffee while having a fascinating view over the whole city, when spending some good time here in Florence. Feel life and enjoy the italian bella vita!!cid_16afd63c411f2efb4ea2

Scuola Toscana auf Entdeckungsreise im Haus Buonarroti

Wenn man an Florenz denkt, denkt man autmoatisch an den allbekannten Michelangelo, an seinen David, seine Gemälden und Skulpturen. Jedoch gibt es nur wenige, die das Museum “Casa Buonarroti” kennen. Eines der ausschlaggebendsden und interessantesten Museen in Florenz. Einige stellen sich jetzt klarerweisse die Frage, was dieses Museum wohl so Besonderes beinhaltet? Casa Buonarroti ist tatsächlich das ehemalige Haus des bezaubernden Künstlers Michelangelo Buonarroti. Ein Teil dieses Hauses wurde von seinem Urenkel in ein Museum verwandelt, welches natürlich Michelangelo gewidmet ist. Es beinhaltet zahlreiche Skulpturen und Werke von Michelangelo aber auch einige seines Urenkels und anderer bekannter Künstlern, wie zum Beispiel Werke von Artemisia Gentilleschi. Einer der Räume ist besonders und wird auch oft als Schatztruhe von Casa Buonarotti bezeichnet wird. Er beinhaltet zwei Marmorreliefs welche aus dem Jahr 1492 stammen. Diese waren Michelangelos ersten Werke, die er im Alter von 16 und 17 Jahren schuf. Eines dieser Werke, Madonna della Scala, war das allererste Werk Michelangelos und stellt die Jungfrau Maria mit Jesus als Neugeborenen dar. Das besondere daran ist, dass Michelangelo ,in seinem ersten Werk, Jesus als Neugeborenen darstellt . Hingegen stellt Michelangelo, in seinem letzten Werk, den Tot Jesus, als Pietà, dar. Dieses könnte den Lauf des Lebens darstellen, welcher auch auf das Leben Michelangelos übertragbar ist. Somit fängt Michelangelo in seinen ersten Kunstwerken mit Jesus als Neugeborenen an und hört am Ende seines Lebens mit dem Tod Jesus auf. Kommen auch Sie nach Florenz und begeben sich auf die geheimnissvollen Spuren Michelangelos, und lassen sich verzaubern von seinen beeindruckenden Kunstwerken.