"Si tuscanas examinemus loquelas non restat in dubio quin aliud sit vulgare quod querimus quam quod actingit populus Toscanorum". It is Dante, in his "De vulgari eloquentia" speaking, the father of the Italian language, reflecting on the illustrious vernacular as a linguistic model for Italian, stating, "if we examine the Tuscan dialects there is no doubt that the vulgar we seek is that to which the Tuscan people draw from”.
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Did you ever find yourself breathless in front of a work of art? It's called Stendhal syndrome, from the name of the French writer who first experienced this feeling of oppression before beauty, right in one of the richest cities of art in the world, our Florence.
“I had reached that level of emotion where the celestial sensations of the arts and the passionate feelings meet. Coming out of Santa Croce, I had a heartbeat, life had dried up for me, I was walking fearing to fall.”
As in many other countries of the world, in Italy, March 8 is a day to celebrate Women's Day and those who have decided to study Italian in Florence, will notice: with spring at our doorstep, the city is literally invaded by the scent of mimosa flowers. Despite Women's Day being an international holiday, the gift of mimosa flowers remains an all-Italian custom that dates back to the immediate post-war period. Let's find out how it was born!
"Florence has been known for centuries for its villas on the low hills which surround the city” reads the famous "Italian Villas and Gardens", a small but precise passage written in the early twentieth century by Edith Wharton. Precisely right: studying Italian in Florence allows you not only to have the good fortune to live in a city of immortal beauty, but also offers numerous opportunities to explore the heart of Tuscany.
2019 is the year of Leonardo! To honor one of the brightest minds in the history of man-kind five centuries after his death, Florence - a city in which Leonardo lived, was formed and inspired by it - is swarming with exhibitions, initiatives and installations dedicated to the genius of Vinci. Opening the celebrations was the exhibition at the Uffizi of the Leicester Code, on loan from owner Bill Gates. However, the twelve months of Leonardo has just begun and will continue with another unmissable event: from March 9, in fact, Palazzo Strozzi and the Bargello Museum will host the first major retrospective ever dedicated to Verrocchio, who was the master of Leonardo.