Learn how to work Gold Leaf

Date(s) – 19/01/2018
2:00 am – 5:15 am

Gold leaf is gold that has been hammered into thin sheets by goldbeating and is often used for gilding.

In this short introductory lesson, Alan will teach us the basics of the process and how to apply this semi-precious material to a simple design.

Donald Trump – One Year On?

Come and join Ian Bickerton as we unravel the spectacle to uncover the truth behind the reality show in Washington.
As usual, we will provide plenty of food and wine so charge an admission fee of €25


Another informative and fun class with personal chef Lisa Banchieri has been planned for Monday 22nd January 2018

Our current planned recipes will be:-

  • aperitivi snack
  • Ravioli with fresh home-made pasta & local asparagus
  • Arista – Tuscan Pork with huge red seeded grapes
  • Chocolatissimo

The Art of Writing Course June 2018

The Art of Writing Course June 2018

  • Featuring Jane Corry, Sunday Times best-seller author and hosted by author Lisa Clifford and international speaker Matthew Ferrara
  • June 3 – 8, 2018 in Florence, Italy
  • The retreat is based in Palazzo San Niccolò in San Niccolò – the oldest area of Florence.

Amedeo Modigliani’s daughter Jeanne

Jeanne Modigliani   (29 November 1918 – 27 July 1984) I have updated an earlier Blog as a result of the increased interest in Amedeo Modigliani aroused by the splendid current exhibition at Tate Modern (23 Nov -2 April 2018)  Not the least part of the increased...

Santa Felicita Church, Mrs Macabee and Mother Mary

Santa Felicita and Mrs Macabee - two tragic mothers - and much confusion! Whilst in Florence, I recommend a visit to the Santa Felicata Church. Often missed on the tourist agenda, partly because it is obscured by stalls and restaurants, this church is argued to be,...

Mrs May, be warned, the Bardi Bill could be bigger than Brexit Divorce Bill!

As Mrs May bravely approached Florence to brag about the great trading relationship between England and Florence since Medieval times I thought it might be pertinent to put out a warning that this could be another dangerous move on her part! I wrote the Blog below in...

How the Medici pearls of great price found themselves round the neck of an English Queen and into the Imperial Crown.

How the Medici pearls of great price found themselves round the neck of an English Queen and into the Imperial Crown. Revised 06.06.17 On 1 September 1533, 15 year old Catherine de Medici left her home city of Florence forever.  Her consolation for leaving her beloved...

Arnolfini family – an unlucky love-affair in Lucca

Arnolfini family - an unlucky love affair in Lucca Following on from my Blog about Lucchese merchant Niccolo Arnolfini and his wife, Costanza Trenta who died in childbirth - I was saddened to learn this week that future generations of the Arnolfini family have...