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Amazing Juxtapositions: Jeff Koons In Florence

For two great artists to coincide in time, a big miracle needs to happen. There are some exceptions to this rule, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just make Andy Warhol meet Da Vinci? Well, thanks to the Comune di Firenze and the organization of Mus.e, now you can enjoy the best of the Renaissance together with one of the most celebrated contemporary artists. Several sculptures will be placed together in different parts of the city for you to appreciate the amazing contrast between masters of this art: Jeff Koons vs. Donatello and Michelangelo.

Source: The Huffington Post

Source: The Huffington Post

Between September 26 and December 28, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria will host the three stunning juxtapositions that comprise the exhibition Jeff Koons In Florence. Gazing Ball (Barbierini Faun) will be at the Room of Lilies at Palazzo Vecchio and will unite the monumental 3-meter sculpture by Koons, with Barbierini Faun, an artwork from the imperial age, probably restored by Bernini around 1632. The most famous David, by Michelangelo, will contrast with Koon’s amazing Pluto and Proserpina in Piazza della Signoria.

Jeff Koons on show in Florence



The exhibition is a game of cross-references, contrasts and comparisons. The ancient and the contemporary establish a dialogue of equals. The hidden meanings and the breathtaking beauty of art will surely amaze you. Afterwards, come and tell us your impressions at Il Salviatino!

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Museo Nazionale del Bargello: 150 years!

This year Florence celebrates the 150 anniversary of one of its most important museums: il Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Founded in June 1865, this beautiful palazzo hosts many masterpieces by some of the biggest Italian geniuses, including Donatello, Michelangelo and Verrocchio, among others.

Most of the visitors normally praise it for being less crowded than the Uffizi Gallery, for the sculptures and for the building itself, which is worth the visit.

From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we advise you that, in case of coming to town soon, don’t miss the chance to drop by il Palazzo Bargello and to be a part of this great celebration.


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The year of Michelangelo

Can anybody tell what’s in the mind of a prodigy? Where does the mystery of his inspiration reside? We find only questions that nobody can answer when we think about the wonder of these people. All of them born to leave their permanent trace in the world… like Michelangelo, our beloved Tuscan prodigy for whom we commemorate the 470th anniversary of his death this year.

They use to call him ‘Il Divino’ (The divine) and there couldn’t had been any more proper nickname. The Renaissance wouldn’t had been the same without works like the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling (1508 – 12), just to mention one of the many masterpieces he created.

For his enormous contribution to mankind we salute him and we want to recall that wonderful time when he was an Il Salviatino’s guest. Do you remember? Read it here

That was Il Salviatino‘s little tribute to the great man Michelangelo was.



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Jackson Pollock vs. Michelangelo

At first sight you wouldn’t find any common points between Michelangelo and Jackson Pollock. Both of them were great artists but the style of one has nothing to do with the style of the other. They also lived in completely different times. However, they had something in common: the capacity of creating artworks meant to touch the public’s hearts. Now, in order to commemorate the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death, a special exhibition named La figura della furia (The fury’s figure) will be shown at il Palazzo Vecchio starting on April 15th.

Action painting will face the Renaissance. In addition, the influence of Michelangelo’s works in the young Pollock will be exposed. The event is thought to be a sort of experiment, trying to compare these two geniuses and their respective times.

Soon we will be giving you more details of La figura della furia, but we want this to act as an appetizer. Are you hungry for culture? Florence is your best choice.

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Reencountering Michelangelo until the 18th May at Galleria dell’Accademia

Why do we call Michelangelo a genius? Is it because he was an artist in the true sense of the word? Is it because we still feel overcome by the beauty of his works? He was a magnificent artist and his works still impress us indeed, but there is something else. When he passed away in 1564 he left behind an eternal legacy which has inspired new generations of artists until today. Now, in order to commemorate the 450th anniversary of his death, Galleria dell’Accademia and Fratelli Alinari I.D.E.A. S.p.A. have organized ‘Ri-conoscere Michelangeloan exhibition that pays tribute to this remarkable man and shows the renovation of interest in his artworks from the 19th century and on.

The exhibition will focus on three artistic languages; sculpture, painting and photography. First, you will see representations of the artist in a historicist way, with examples from Delacroix, Rodin and the Alinari brothers among others. Some works by Pagano, Finn and Amendola, who attempted to bring back the interest to Michelangelo’s sculpture, will be shown as well. You will be able to find out about his influence in other great artists such as Matisse and, in a final section, they will display some works by Knorr, Sarfati and Youssef Nabil as examples of copies and reproductions of Michelangelo’s works. A whole tribute for a true master.

The ‘mostra’ will be open until the 18th May and the tickets are priced of €11 (standard) and €5,5 (reduced)


Michelangelo in his studio, Eugène Delacroix. Source:

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Michelangelo: a one day guest at Il Salviatino

He opened his eyes and looked around. The sun was shining and a ray of light illuminated him as he shook his head. He did not recognize anything from the room; nor the chairs or the flowers over the table at his left side, neither the same bed he was lying in.

–    Where am I – he said out loud – I cannot remember…

He jumped off the bed and walked across the room. It was completely different from everything he had ever seen. The decoration… the organization of the space… it was all strange, but strange in a good way. He gazed through the window and he felt happy to see his hometown; his Florence. Nevertheless, the city seemed to be different too.

He got out of the room and ran along the hallway, looking for anybody who could give him some answers. Finally he saw a young woman and his heart beat fast.

–    Excuse me, Miss – he said with his eyes opened wide – Where am I? Who am I, in fact? I cannot remember. My memories are unclear!

The young woman looked at him tenderly and said:

–    Your name is Michelangelo Buonarroti and you are one of the greatest art masters of history. You are here because you made a deal with God, who, in exchange of all the beauty you left in the world, offered you to come back for one day to your native Florence, to be a guest of the best hotel in town.

–    And so, what is its name? – asked Michelangelo, stunned.

–    Il Salviatino, of course.

And that is the story of a miraculous happening. The story of how Mr. Buonarroti came back to life for one day and delighted Il Salviatino’s crew with its presence.

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Florence, the jewel of Tuscany

Anyone who has visited Florence knows why it is considered the most authentic and true jewel of Tuscany. Cultural center, historical and artistic heritage of Northern Italy, Florence has all the conditions to enjoy an unparalleled city around the world.

Dubbed as the “city of Stendhal syndrome”, originating from the shock the writer suffered as he witnessed the overwhelming beauty of Santa Croce church, the city’s great historical and artistic heritage makes the Tuscan capital the true cradle of Italian Renaissance. Its historical center was declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1982. A visit to the Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica, the Piazza della Signoria and its famous Palazzo Vecchio is a must, and not to mention, the Ponte Vecchio, one of the symbols of the city, must not be missed. We can also visit dozens of museums, such as the Galeria de la Academia, where the famous “David” of Michelangelo is located.

Santa Croce church. Florence is the cradle of Renaissance in Italy.

Santa Croce church, origin of Stendhal syndrome.

Florence is also an enigmatic city that has sheltered all kinds of legends throughout its history. For hundreds of years, Master Brunelleschi kept his secret about how the dome of the Florence cathedral was being sustained, which can be seen practically from anywhere in the city. Florence also houses the tombs of masters such as Michelangelo and the fake tombstone of Galileo Galilei,which was actually buried in a chapel without public access.

Florence not only has artistic heritage but its festivals and popular traditions also make it a unique place in the region. The Maggiolata is one of the most important festivals of the year. It is a celebration to welcome the arrival of spring with dances, parades and a beautiful display of flowers in the city center. If arrival is in June, one can attend the famous event called “Calcio in Costume”, a football match done in medieval style on the feast of San Giovanni, or the Three Kings parade on January 6.

But whatever the travel season may be, Il Salviatino would like guests to enjoy their stay in this luxury hotel in Florence. Whether it is for a romantic getaway or honeymoon, a family time or for relaxation purposes, there is always an option available to make the visit to this city an unforgettable one.

Lastly, exploring Florence requires delving into each of its corners; slowly discovering its myriad of treasures. Relish the full experience in a 5 star hotel in Florence.  It certainly is a feast for the senses.

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