April 12, 2011

Giovani, Monumenti e Forze Idrauliche, Firenze

Hi bloggers,

here is an Italian initiative happening in Florence next monady (April 18th – 9.30pm to 13.30 pm at the Auditorium al Duomo in Via de’ Cerretani 54r) , in order to celebrate  the World Heritage Day – which is yearly promoted by UNESCO and ICOMOS on April 18th: this year’s topic is the Heritage of  Water, and ICOMOS Italia has promoted other two celebrations to be held in Venice and Assisi.
Click here for more information in English or write the Italian text below.


In occasione della Giornata Internazionale dei Monumenti e dei Siti celebrata il 18 aprile dall’UNESCO e dall’ICOMOS, la Sezione Giovani di ICOMOS Italia con l’Ufficio Centro Storico del Comune di Firenze e con il sostegno della Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco-Life Beyond Tourism®, organizza un evento dedicato al tema del “patrimonio culturale dell’acqua”, tema unificante della giornata per l’anno 2011. L’iniziativa si svolge sotto l’egida del Consiglio Italiano per i Monumenti e Siti (ICOMOS) e con il patrocinio dell’ICCROM e del Centro UNESCO di Firenze.

Il programma dell’evento, aperto al pubblico, comprende – oltre agli interventi istituzionali e ai contributi di esperti fra i quali il TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage), il Centro UNESCO Firenze, il CICOP (Centro Internazionale per la Conservazione del Patrimonio Architettonico) e il Portale No-Profit Life Beyond Tourism® – la presentazione del film documentario “Per Firenze” del Maestro Franco Zeffirelli sull’alluvione di Firenze del 1966

La Giornata si terrà a Firenze presso il Life Beyond Tourism® Auditorium al Duomo in Via De’ Cerretani 54r, il 18 aprile dalle ore 9:30 alle ore 13:30, ed è inserita nel programma di eventi promosso da ICOMOS Italia, che comprende un incontro a Venezia (‘Reti culturali territoriali per il patrimonio delle acque’) e ad Assisi (‘I Siti Italiani del Patrimonio Mondiale’).

Per maggiori informazioni:
Segreteria Sezione Giovani ICOMOS Italia
Via del Giglio 10 – 50123, Firenze
(+39) 055 216066,

L’evento è anche su Facebook: a questo link.


November 24, 2010

Live again Kratky’s photo-exhibition in Florence!

During the week of November 15, 2010 until November 21, 2010, we had the pleasure of attending a photo exhibition by a Czech photographer, Frantisek Kratky. The exhibition was held at the Auditorium al Duomo, right  in  the centre of Florence, and is another part of our expanding Life Beyond Tourism project.

The exhibition formally opened on the evening of November 15, where guests that included students, professors, and people from around the world, could stop in to enjoy this nostalgic exhibition.

The exhibition showed Italy during the late nineteenth century and is titled: Italy 1897 Stereotypical Views of the Bohemian Photographer Frantisek Kratky. This exhibition was in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic of Tuscany, led by Giovanna Dani Del Bianco.

Many students and professors from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and several other countries, attended the event to support this beautiful cultural encounter. Although this exhibition reveals breathtaking photos of Italy’s major cities such as Rome, Florence, and Venice during the nineteenth century, there is more to their histories than just the interesting pictures. This event represents one of the primary aspects and goals of Life Beyond Tourism. It demonstrates the establishment of a cultural link between Italy and the Czech Republic and reveals how a man such as Kratky is extremely interested in discovering a culture other than his own. The manifestation conveyed more than just the major tourist attractions of Italy at the time, such as Brunelleschi’s Dome and Saint Peter’s Square. It instead revealed beyond the gorgeous architecture and into the deeper culture of Italy such as its people on the streets, the animals in the countryside, and the way the two interacted during the time period. It is here that one’s life beyond tourism actually begins. It is only when one starts to interact directly with the culture and environment in which they are surrounded, that they can create an intercultural dialogue that establishes a powerful link between two cultures.

Article by Lauren Di Bartolomeo, United States – Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate 2010

November 15, 2010

‘La Città degli Uffizi’ continua … a Castelfiorentino!


Il Comune di Castelfiorentino, l’Assessorato alla Cultura e il BE–GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli stanno organizzando una nuova mostra nell’ambito del progetto “La Città degli Uffizi” – ideato dal Direttore della Galleria degli Uffizi Antonio Natali al fine di promuovere  le realtà museali ‘minori’ attraverso il prestito di opere d’arte normalmente conservate nei depositi della Galleria.

La mostra, la prima in Valdelsa di questa tipologia,  è intitolata La Città degli Uffizi – Benozzo Gozzoli e Cosimo Rosselli nelle terre di Castelfiorentino. Pittura devozionale in Valdelsa e si terrà  a  Castelfiorentino, presso il BE – GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli nel periodo dal 30 Aprile – 31 luglio 2011.

L’intento è quello di creare le condizioni affinché il Museo Benozzo Gozzoli  possa da un lato giungere all’attenzione di un vasto pubblico, a livello nazionale e internazionale; dall’altro,  contribuire alla valorizzazione e conoscenza del patrimonio artistico, architettonico e naturale del territorio circostante.

Il territorio, con i suoi connotati storico-artistici,  diventa così protagonista e si prepara ad accogliere importanti opere d’arte collegate storicamente e artisticamente ai maestosi tabernacoli affrescati da Benozzo Gozzoli. Oltre che dalla  Galleria degli  Uffizi,  si prevedono capolavori provenienti dai Musei Vaticani, dal Museo di San Marco a Firenze.

per maggiori informazioni potete contattare BE–GO Museo Benozzo Gozzoli a questo indirizzo web.

September 10, 2010

When San Gimignano and Prague meets through art

Hi bloggers,

as we say in the Life Beyond Tourism ethos, contemporary art & traditional knowledge can truly bring two far away countries and cultures together…

today this is happening in  San Gimignano (Italy) and Prague (Czech Republic), where it will be soon taking place a parallel exhibition byMarco Piazza.

The exhibition Gruppo di figure in cammino – Voci dal mondo has been promoted by important international organization such as Associazione Città e Siti Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO and Consolato Onorario della Repubblica Ceca; but also the Municipality of  San Gimignano, and Life Beyond Tourism.

What: Marco Piazza Gruppo di figure in cammino – Voci dal mondo

When: September 11th at 5.oopm – October 30th

San Gimignano, Siena, Italy. Cortile del Palazzo Comunale

Fell free to download the brochure and the invitation.

August 27, 2010

Dedicated to all costume lovers, costume historians, dancers, etc … Costume Colloquium II Dress for Dance

Following the great success in 2008, the 2010 Edition of  Costume Colloquium is coming soon in Florence, Italy from the 4th to the 7th of November 2010! Promoted by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation in the context of Life Beyond Tourism, this year the topic Dress for Dance will be exploring interdisciplinary and cultural aspects of historic, popular, and contemporary  dance costumes, and dresses.

Eight sessions will be exploring historic, conservative, creative, and technical aspects: view all the sessions and the conference’s parallel events at this link.

What: Costume Colloqium II: Dress for Dance
Where: Florence, Italy
When: November 4-7 2010

Fore more information:
the group on facebook here
write to
call 0039.055.285588

July 22, 2010

Italian architects in Odessa (Ukraine)

Hi Bloggers,

following previous Antonina’s article on the last Italian Colony in Odessa (Ukraine) we will today follow the traces of Italian architecture there … thank you again Antonina for your contribution!

“The unique appearance of Odessa city is well-known in Ukraine and abroad. Its historical architecture has a style more Mediterranean than Russian, having been heavily influenced by French and especially by Italian style.

During the first years the main residential, public buildings, the sea port were built by Italian settlers, following the projects by Italian architects and with the construction materials, transported from Naples, Genoa, and Livorno.

Odessa Architectural Heritage includes brilliant creations of Boffo, Bernadazzi, Frapolli, Torichelli, Digby, dell’Acqua and others.

The now world-famous Potemkin staircase—the globally known emblem of Odessa is actually the creation of Francesco Boffo (1837-41), an Odessa Italian who spent twenty five years of his professional life in the Russian port. Boffo readjusted the famous Roman steps of the Spanish staircase (Scalinata di Spagna) to the needs of the Odessa boulevard and port, somewhat modifying the project of Francesco de Santis (1723-26), though using the same principle. He dispensed with the Rococo elements of the original Roman steps, leaving the strictly Hellenic contours or the essence of De Santis’ Roman project.
Nearly all the buildings at the formerly Italianskaya (from Russian language: Italian), and now Pushkinskaya Street, proudly carry their solemn and dignified facades, resembling the Roman, Venetian, Turin or Milan as for example Palazzo Bigazzini. The Odessa caryatids, forming the facade of the Krasnaya (from Russian lanuage: red) Hotel, constitute a Russian replica of the older Genoa building on Via XX Settembre 14, celebrating Northern Italy in Southern Russia.

This was the design by Alexander Bernadazzi, a second generation Italian immigrant who paid_tribute to the artistic land of his ancestors. The building exudes the Splendor of St. Maria di Campitelli in Rome, the high Baroque and anticipating motifs of the art Nouveau, the spirit of Gaudi and the Vatican, and the talent of Rinaldi and Bernini, Fuga and Borromini, Madeno and Mascarino.


Odessa’s Mediterranean image earned the poetic labels of a “Little Barcelona”, “Little Marseilles”, “Russian Naples” or “Russian Genoa”.
Contemporary residents of Odessa are still daily exposed to the impressive urban beauty and splendor, recreated by the Italian masters. Odessa is their “mini Italy and Europe”.”




July 19, 2010

Odessa, the Last Italian Black Sea Colony

Hi bloggers,

together with Antonina Chaban – our current University Delegate from Ukraine – we will today discover Italian heritage in Odessa, Ukraine:

“The city of Odessa, located in the South of Ukraine, at the Black sea shore, was founded 1794 by immigrants from Genoa and Naples, Venice and Palermo. The precise spot where the city was founded had been originally personally explored and marked by Stephano De Rivarola, the Italian diplomat to Russia.

The first Governor of Odessa was Neapolitan-born Giuseppe De Ribas (1749-1800). During the three years of his tenure (1794-97), Admiral De Ribas managed to build a vibrant city, whose first settlers, developers and actual founders were Italians.
Artists, sculptors, traders and musicians from Genoa, Livomo, Siena, Naples, Venice and Calabria flocked to this new “Europe” in thousands, in search of a better life and promising professional opportunities.

Customs house, wharfs, the port, residential buildings and Opera House were simultaneously built by the Italian settlers, following the projects by Italian architects and with the construction materials, transported from Naples, Genoa, and Livorno.
The first Italian founders of the Russian free port include the following families: De Ribas, Venturi, Buba, Rocco, Trabotti, Grimaldi, Frapolli, Inglesi, Gatorno, and Gaius.
The port correspondence, customs control, and trade matters had all been conducted in Italian, the lingua franca of the Russian Black Sea Coast up until the end of the 19th century.
Only in 1853 the Odessa Italian colony began to disintegrate due to the reverse migration back to Italy and rise of the Russian Empire, the key players in the field were the families of Ralli, Dzerbolini, Rocco, Gorini, Zarifi, Trabotti, Porro, Rossi, and Gari. The entire Russian Empire benefited from the last Odessa Italian colony.

The first Italian immigrants radically shifted the cultural course of Odessa for centuries to come. The Italian language reflected not so much the demographics of the city, but the political, economic, social, and cultural power which the Italian settlers enjoyed since the foundation of Odessa. All the key positions in banking, navigation, port administration, shipping, and different industries were held by Italians.

The Italian language not only prevailed in Odessa business and trade but it would be the favored tongue of the aristocratic salons, opera, schools, and the street. The traces of Italian have remained in the specific Odessa Russian even today.

The first Italian settlers had established the utterly unique permanent European traditions in this most non-Russian, non-Soviet, and non-Ukrainian city, affecting profoundly not only the port and shipping but the cultural institutions as well. Odessa would become the seat of 18 colleges, the centre of Italian studies in Russia, a prominent centre for the study of the Humanities and Sciences, with the most developed musical, theatrical, and artistic training. “Here all breathes Europe” (Alexander Pushkin)
Odessa’s Italianness would become somewhat of a taboo topic in historical discourse of Odessa. The story of the Italian migration to the Black Sea remained expunged from the historiographical accounts for a long period of time.

The Mediterranean image of Odessa was formed by brilliant creations of Boffo, Bernadazzi, Frapolli, Torichelli, Digby, and Delia Acqua and other Italian architects.
Having established a home away from home, Italian immigrants brought to Russia a Mediterranean way of life and cultural sensibility unknown to the rest of the country.”

Makolkin, Anna (2004). A History of Odessa, the Last Italian Black Sea Colony. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

July 2, 2010

World Under 23 Ultimate Frisbee Championships

From July 19th to July 25th come to Florence and enjoy the World Under 23 Ultimate Frisbee Championships! Promoted by Tuscan Flying Bisch Association in collaboration with Federazione Italiana Flying Disc, World Flying Disc Federation, and Comune di Firenze, the championship will bring to Florence 600 players from around the world to play the World Cup (Under 23) the Ultimate Frisbee.
This sport is designed by and for athletes, curious to discover themselves and others, through competitive challenges high technical level, in which each participant is the arbiter of himself, and for (not against) the other.

What: World Under 23 Ultimate Frisbee Championships
When: July 19th-25th 2010
Where: Ippodromo (Le Cascine) & Stadio Ridolfi, Florence, Italy

Japanese ancient traditions: a new publication to be presented in Florence

We today inform you about a new publication to be soon presented  in Florence:

by Olimpia Niglio and Koji Kuwakino (Pisa: Plus-Pisa University Press, 2010)

The publication is the result of the collaboration between the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tokyo and the Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux, and it will be officially presented in Florence, Italy in Palazzo Strozzi on November 17th 2010, at 17.30.

The book represents a journey through the world of art, of architecture and Japanese landscapes, discovering values and methods which are fundamental for the conservation of architectural and historical/artistic heritage. A journey inside the Land of the Rising Sun culture, which expands our mental horizons – as Fosco Maraini wrote – and focusing attention on the intimate mechanisms which are fundamental in the relationship between man and nature.
The book has three parts: Art and Culture, Cultural Scenery, Architecture and Restoration. Inside this tripartition, runs through the traces of ancient and modern traditions again, which also today characterize Japan and are at the base of its cultural development.
Download the invitation and the poster.

OLIMPIA NIGLIO, architect, university researcher in Restoration at the College of Engineering – eCampus  University (Novedrate, Como). She teaches architectural restoration at Postgraduate School in Historical/Artistic Assets at the University of Pisa. In 2009 did a lecture about restoration in Italy at the Kanto Gakuin University of Yokohama.

KOJI KUWAKINO, graduate in Engineering at the Chiba University in Japan. In 1999 did a Master on History of Western Architecture at  the Tokyo University. In 2007 became Doctor in Research into History of Visual and Performance Arts at the University of Pisa.

June 30, 2010

Special Visits and special offers in Florence

Do you want to be part of  History in Florence, Italy!?? We have selected some special visits/offers in Florence for you! Such as the following ….

. visit to the Casa Martelli Museum

.visit to the exhibition La Città degli Uffizi-Beato Angelico a Pontassieve

. taking part to the project ‘Be part of History

More information from the Life Beyond Tourism Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio here.

More information from the Life Beyond Tourism Best WesternPremier Hotel Laurus al Duomo here.

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