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Tuscan Trendsetter

From Maggio Musicale Fiorentino to Pitti Immagine , Florence never fails to grab the spotlight.

Tuscan Trendsetter

A favorite international tourist destination, filled to the brim with artistic masterpieces, Florence is a city in which the cultural ferment which began in the middle ages has never stopped. From art to fashion, sport to photography, the "city of the lily" excels in just about every field imaginable, and hosts numerous events to celebrate them. One of the most important is "Pitti Immagine", the Florentine fashion fair held to coincide with the international calendar of designer fashion shows. Although Pitti Immagine Uomo and Pitti Immagine Bimbo are the best known of the events organized, the fair also showcases the latest from the world of perfumes, interior decoration, textiles and leather.

Whilst there are those who choose to take a holiday in Florence in order to catch the latest fashion trends, there are others who come to the Tuscan capital attracted by its sporting traditions. A forerunner in many areas of life, Florence was the birthplace of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, the precursor of modern day soccer. Extremely popular throughout the 15th to 18th centuries, this sport attracted celebrity players of the caliber of Giulio de' Medici, Pope Clemente VII, Alessandro de' Medici and Pope Urbano VIII. Having been abandoned for more than two centuries, the Calcio Storico Fiorentino was brought back to life in 1930, to commemorate the historic match played on February 17th 1530, when Florence was under siege. Since then, each June, in Piazza Santa Croce, tourists and locals have come to watch the matches battled out between the districts of San Giovanni, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce and Santo Spirito. The teams of the historic districts were identified by their green, red, blue and white lliveries, but the Marquis Luigi Ridolfi Vay da Verrazzano chose purple for the kit of the Fiorentina soccer team which he created in 1926, along with the Florence Football Association.

In 1933 the Marquis Ridolfi founded another of the city's important institutions: the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Together with the conductor and composer Vittorio Gui, the Florentine aristocrat developed the idea of an annual cultural event which would evoke the old Calendimaggio; a traditional popular spring festival once celebrated in towns and villages throughout central Italy. Thus, thanks to Ridolfi, not only do Florentines find themselves with a premier division football club but also, each year in the month of May, an impressive carnet of classical concerts, recitals, ballet performances and operas.

Staying with the theme of Art in Florence, there are another two disciplines closely associated with Florence: stone masonry and photography, A small museum has been dedicated to each of these. The historic Opificio delle Pietre Dure now serves as center of restoration studies. In the adjoining museum visitors can learn about the history of stone masonry and of the school founded by Ferdinando I de' Medici in 1588. Taking pride of place in the Museo dell'Opificio there are such masterpieces as the Stemma Mediceo, a portrait of Cosimo I, dated 1597, and an 18th century model of the Principi Chapel. The Museum of Photographic History, which recounts the story of the Alinari Brothers photographic workshop, is equally fascinating. Founded in 1852, the Alinari archives now contain more than four million photographs. Museum exhibits include a display of old cameras and a priceless collection of black and white images which record the Italy of yesteryear.

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