February in Florence

February is the most romantic month of the year. Florence awaits you with all its magic and  elegance, offering a selection of “sweet” events, romantic dinners, art, and literature.

The once-a-month free entry to all state museums, #Sundayatthemuseum, will be February 5 this month. Looking for something different than the old stand-bys of the Uffizi and the Accademia Gallery? How about the secret bedroom of Bianca Cappello, lover turned wife of Francesco I de Medici, the nexus of many a love intrigue in her day.

Credits pic Muse Firenze (https://www.facebook.com/musefirenze)

Get your sweet tooth ready. The Chocolate Fair is back in Florence’s Piazza S.S. Annunziata where Florentines and tourists alike delight in chocolate tastings, events, and book presentations. Add a bit sweetness to a romantic day and check it out on St. Valentine’s Day.

Since January 10 in Palazzo Pitti, an exhibition has been on with the amazing collection of wonderful pictures from the famed Foto Locchi Photo Archive (protected by the Italian Ministry of cultural heritage and tourism). The enormous collection of pictures is an artistic wellspring, recounting Florence and Tuscany’s history from the 1930s to the present.

Credits pic www.ioamofirenze.it

The first of its three sections focuses on 20th-century artisan workshops. The second tells the history of post-World War II fashion of Florence, and the third section spotlights figures from the fashion world from Florentine fashion labels, grandfathers of Italian fashion history. Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci… and the list goes on.

Among the pictures you’ll find the magnificent Audrey Hepburn and the divine Callas, visiting Florence.

The interactive exhibition about Dante’s Divine Comedy is on until February 26 at Villa Bardini’s splendid premises. We need to hardly mention the great poet’s countless love verses. The Divine Comedy itself contains some of the most famous love stories in all of Italian literature, like that of Paolo and Francesca: “Amor, ch’a nullo amato amar perdona…” [Love that exempts no one loved from loving in return]

The exhibition offers up a contemporary take on the poet’s verses, guided by the narration of the famous Italian actor, Pierfrancesco Favino. The original impetus was to give a contemporary perspective to Dante’s masterpiece through 54 illustrations by the artist Venturino Venturi.

Wine lovers, take note: Sunday, February 12 at the Fortezza da Basso is Chianti Lovers, a preview of Chianti wines with over 100 wineries on hand with their wines for tasting. The day’s schedule divides industry professionals (morning) and the public at large (afternoon and evening). Entrance fee 15 €.

February is meant for celebrating love. And you can hardly spend a sweetly romantic day of strolling and eating chocolate without ending it with an equally romantic candle-lit dinner with your better half. Grand Hotel Minerva’s restaurant La Buona Novella is ready and waiting to serve you a special dinner just for the occasion.

Valentine’s day menu

Greater Amberjack–Burrata cheese-Soia sauce-Crispy waffle
Octopus-cauliflower- Green Apple-sorrel
Ravioli-Mantovana pumpkin-Shrimp- Pomegrate
Mackerel–black cabbage-Cacciucco- Crispy bread
Chocolate-Raspberries- Hazelnut

55 € wine included

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