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Accademia Europea di Firenze

The best way to learn Italian Language, Culture and Arts in Florence

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an International School of Italian Arts, Language and Culture.
Founded in 2005 as a school of Italian for foreigners, over time it has expanded its offer to Italian art and culture, music and dance.
The AEF also offers Certificate Programs in Voice & Opera, Drawing & Painting and Dance, and a Certificate Program in Italian Language and Culture, Study Abroad Programs in collaboration with prestigious American Universities, Summer and Winter Programs and Joint Academic Programs developed with university institutions all over the world.
The experiential approach and the quality of the professors make this school, strongly rooted in Italian history and culture but endowed with European academic standards, an international environment in the city of the Renaissance and of widespread beauty.

Museo degli strumenti musicali FirenzeJust a few steps from our school, in Via Ricasoli, lies the Galleria dell'Accademia, one of the most visited museums in the world. Its corridors are home to seven sculptures by the brilliant Michelangelo, including the famous David, but perhaps not everyone knows that inside is an incredible collection of musical instruments. In fact, since 2001 the Gallery houses, in the area once dedicated to the monastery of San Niccolò a Cafaggio, the Museum of Musical Instruments, with an exhibition of about fifty pieces from the collections of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, Medici and Lorraine.

The collection, granted to the Galleria by the Conservatorio Cherubini di Firenze in 1996, covers two centuries of history, from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century, and is a testament to the fundamental role played by music in the Medici court. At the court of Lorenzo il Magnifico, for example, "Canti carnascialeschi" were born, while in the Renaissance period "Florentine Camerate" were staged, along with the first melodramas; ancestors of the opera.

And at the Medici court, precisely under Ferdinando I, an instrument designed to revolutionize the entire history of music is born: the fortepiano, which will later evolve into the current piano. Designed by Bartolomeo Cristofori, a craftsman called to court in 1688 as a manufacturer of musical instruments, the fortepiano allows the production of a more nuanced sound texture and more articulated dynamics, distancing itself from the monochromatic nature of the harpsichord.

In addition to the oval spinet and the ebony harpsichord, both built by Cristofori, and the marvelous example of the upright piano - the oldest existing - among the most valuable pieces of the museum, stand a cello and a tenor viola by Antonio Stradivari made in spruce and maple, both for the Quintetto Mediceo, an eighteenth-century Stradivari violin, and a cello by Niccolò Amati from the mid-seventeenth century.

In a special section of the museum, you can also listen to the original pitches and tones of the instruments, reconstructed thanks to special multimedia technologies.

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