Promised answers

Here the promised answers to the Italian quiz presented in Japan and to our readers some posts ago:

1.Millions of tourists come every year to Florence to see the statue of a naked guy. What’ s the statue’s name and who made it ?
* David… of Michelangelo

2.Close to Scuola Toscana there is a narrow street named “via Torta”. “Torta” means crooked, and, as a matter of fact, this street makes a very strange curve. Why ?
* Originally there was the Roman’s Anfiteatro, and the street followed the round wall. After the Anfiteatro disappeared, the street remained with this shape until our days. If you were at one of the “Segreti di Firenze” walks you would have learned it !

3.Florence is well known in the world as a capital of Renaissance art, thank to huge investments of the family Medici.
Among these names, which one does not belong to any Medici ?
Alessandro
Marco
Cosimo
Giulia
Lorenzo
Anna Maria Luisa
Giovanni
Salvestro

* Marco (More information with the Art History Courses of Scuola Toscana…)

4. One of the most importants dishes of the Florentine cuisine is the so-called “Ribollita”. Which is the main ingredient of the Ribollita ?

* bread (for more information, attend a cooking course at Scuola Toscana !)

5.Which is the most Michelin-starred restaurant in Florence ?

* Enoteca Pinchiorri, which happens to be very close to Scuola Toscana, just 5 minutes walk !

6.Which is the name of the area close to Florence which gives the name to the most famous Florentine wine ?

* Chianti (we just have been there last week on a school organised tour)

7.Fiorentina is the name of the soccer team of Florence. When did this team win the Italian Serie A League ?
1968
1988
2008
never

* 1968

8.Florence is also one of the capital of fashion. Which one of these fashion houses was not born in Florence ?
Cavalli
Gucci
Valentino

* Valentino – by the way, if you attend the Fashion and Design Course at Scuola Toscana you will know everything about it !

Most popular

Art history and practical art courses are more and more requested; this summer and autumn one of the most popular course was the “Rinascimento” course, where together with the Italian language the students are introduced to various techniques of drawing and painting.

Scuola Toscana cooperates with a very fine atelier 5 minutes walk from the school, and one of the instructors there was so kind to send us this pictures of two Scuola Toscana students with their work.

walking to the school

Given the cuts to the budget of the public bus company in Florence, buses from home to school are rare, and your director walks more and more to the school.
Which is nice, especially in this season, if you can cut through the center, choosing every day a different street.

So lucky, to live in such a beautiful city …

A new hands-on course

filigrana fiorentina

At Scuola Toscana, we added a new hands-on course to our catalog: after Italian and drawing, Italian and painting, Italian and Fresco painting, students can attend an Italian and Jewellery Course !
Yesterday we signed a contract (ok, it was just an handshake) with Mr.Campaioli who leads the school of Jewellery and Goldsmithery Il Perseo.
It is a small group of Florentine craftsman, working in a nice, old-fashioned atelier. And is just round the corner of our school, “uscio e bottega” as we say in Florence.

It is another good opportunity for anyone who wishes to learn Italian and to have a real hands-on experience in Italian art and culture – a really unique one.
Price will be available in a couple of weeks on our Internet sites.

Big afternoon at Palazzo Vecchio

many stairs to climb in Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio, a.k.a. as Palazzo della Signoria, the hearth of Florence, where the power has been administered for over seven centuries, where the City Council with the Mayor still seats (and where some of us of the Scuola Toscana team got married, by the way).


A group of our students braved the cold, rainy afternoon under the expert guide of Caterina (and with Sara as guide-trainee and fotoreporter) to explore the museum of Palazzo Vecchio

According to the student’s feedbacks at the end of the courses, Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most rewarding activities at Scuola Toscana !


Palazzo Medici Riccardi


one january afternoon with your school; four centuries of the history of art, architecture and collectionism in Florence… winter can be the best season to explore Florence, and Palazzo Medici Riccardi is the perfect place to visit on a Monday – when most of the artistic highlights are closed …

WEEK END WITH SCUOLA TOSCANA!!!!

 Saturday – Trip to SIENA 

Students at the Scuola Toscana have been exploring Florence, its sorroundings, its culture for more than 15 years in the company of Scuola Toscana instructors. >From the world famous Gallery of the Uffizi to the golden hills of Chianti, from a hands-on pizza workshop to a seminar in Renaissance painting, Scuola Toscana offers unique activities that benefit from the experience and passion of our teachers and guides.

Every activity is designed and accompanied by an Italian teacher who is also an expert leader – with a deep knowledge of the field: Italian history, the Italian art, the Italian cuisine, Italian wine, Italian movies