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Address: Piazza San Felice 8 50123 Firenze Tel. +39 347 6968528
Visiting Hours: April through November, Monday – Wednesday – Friday, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
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Florence

The marriage of Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett was carried out secretly in 1846, because of her father’s strong objections. The Brownings reached Florence when Elizabeth had already reached fame as a poetess, while her husband, who was several years younger, was as yet to become known. They were attracted by the history of the city, but also by the struggle for Italian independence.
The Brownings stayed in Florence for fourteen years, until the death of Elizabeth. They fit into the British colony of numerous ex-pats present there and befriended many famous Italians.
Elizabeth died in 1861 and was buried in the English Cemetery in Florence, which dedicated a plaque to her memory, describing her poetry as a golden band uniting Italy and England.
The home in Piazza San Felice was dubbed “Casa Guidi” by the writer herself to render the idea of a family residence. The Brownings purchased at a high price a few valuable pieces, but most of the paintings and furniture were bought at the Florentine secondhand stores. The décor was considered simple and functional. The owners, Landmark Trust and Eton College, have attempted to maintain the original atmosphere and avoid that the apartment take on the appearance of a museum. Some of the furniture comes from the Barrett family and some from the Browning family, but on the whole the apartment remains as it was in the nineteenth century.
 
The Landmark Trust, one of the largest British non-profit organizations dedicated to the conservation of historic buildings, makes the apartment available for short breaks, the proceeds are used for the maintenance and restoration of the apartment. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 041.5222481
 
 
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Address: Palazzo Bargellini Via delle Pinzochere 3 50122 Firenze Tel. +39 055 241724
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Palazzo Bargellini - Firenze

The XVI century  Palazzo Da Cepparello (later called “dei Da Verrazzano” and in the XIX century “dei Casamorata”), close in style to the type of buildings done by Giuliano da Sangallo and by Baccio d'Agnolo, was purchased in 1946 by the writer Piero Bargellini (1897 - 1980), becoming state apartments for fulfilling his literary and civic duties.
The Study is the most characteristic room, because it still has the ancient, remarkable dimensions and very high caisson ceilings. A magnificent cycle of six large XIV century frescos may be admired that were detached from the Chiesa delle Busche in Poggio alla Malva. However, it is not beauty that has made memorable these rooms, but the indefatigable activity of Bargellini. Appointed Councilor responsible for the Fine Arts from 1951 to 1956, Mayor of Florence in 1966, member of parliament for many years first in the Senate and then in the Chamber, his home was always open not only to friends, intellectuals and functionaries, but also to all Florentines who could ask him for advice or help. In the Study, where he worked up until the last day of his life, were written more than sixty books (Belvedere, I Santi del Giorno, Cento Tabernacoli a Florence, La Splendida Storia di Florence, Le Strade di Florence, I Medici), an incalculable number of essays, articles, prefaces, conferences, radio transmissions, and tens of thousands of letters.
For more than thirty years the Study was a stage for the encounter of writers and artists. Many were also personalities of cinema and theatre: Spadaro, Carla Fracci, Volonté, Rosi, Jean Gabin, René Clair, and Rossellini. In memory of this rich cultural life, in these rooms left unchanged, are exhibited hundreds of letters and inscriptions dedicated to Bargellini.
 
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Address: Villa Le Corti: Via San Piero di Sotto, 1 50026 San Casciano in Val di Pesa (Firenze) +39 055 829301
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San Casciano in Val di Pesa

On the route from Florence to Siena, in the Val di Pesa, at San Casciano, there is Villa Le Corti, the magnificent 17th century residence of the noble Corsini family. Since the summer of 2014, the house has been hosting the prestigious Corsini Archive, made of 12,516 items gathering the documents of both family and farm. These include written proofs telling the history of Florence, Tuscany, Italy and Europe, since the Corsini family has always performed important political, diplomatic and ecclesiastical duties, including that of Pope, which also represents the family highlight. In 1730, after a four-month long Conclave, Lorenzo Corsini (1652-1740) became Pope at 78 as Clemente XII, and he maintained this position for ten years. A patron and a man of letters, whose qualities and financial skills were crucial for his appointment, he is nowadays remembered as the founder of the Capitoline Museums in Rome, the patron of the Trevi Fountain and of the new façades of the San Giovanni in Laterano and the Santa Maria Maggiore basilicas, the construction of the Palazzo della Consulta on the Quirinale hill, and also the building of the harbours of Anzio, Ravenna and Ancona. Clemente XII is buried in the magnificent Cappella Corsini at San Giovanni in Laterano; since he was a Prince of the Church, his family inherited the princedom.

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Address: Fondazione Il Vittoriale degli Italiani via del Vittoriale 12 25083 Gardone Riviera (Bs) Tel. +39 0365 296511 Fax +39 0365 296512
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Vittoriale degli Italiani (Gardone Riviera)

In January 1921 Gabriele d’Annunzio, a war hero who’d returned from the endeavour of Fiume, left Venice to reach his new “refuge” on the shore of Lake Garda: Villa Cargnacco in Gardone Riviera, which was “once property of [the] deceased Doctor Thode.
It is full of beautiful books and this opulence makes me tolerate the German traces I cannot easily suppress. The garden is mild, with its slope arbours and terraces. And the warm light makes me yearn for Rome. I will remain here for a few months, to finish the Notturno”, he wrote to his wife Maria Hardouin di Gallese.
He would not remain there for more than a few months, however, for the Poet decided to have his own house – his legendary houses were always rented – and so he bought the estate of Cargnacco, the cottages, the objects, the precious books which had belonged to Thode, and the garden, where the fragrance of the roses reminded him of the beloved atmospheres of his novel Il Piacere, set in Rome.
Amidst the lake’s tranquillity, d’Annunzio devoted himself to his last great work, which was composed of words and “living stones”, namely the transformation of Villa Cargnacco into the “Vittoriale degli Italiani”, a vast house-museum that he will love like “one of my poems, one of my dramas, any of my political or military acts, any of the proofs of my straight and undefeated faith”.
 

The Vittoriale is open all year round (except for 24th and 25th December, 1st January).

Summer opening times (from the last Sunday in March to the last Saturday in October)
Entryfrom 9.00 to 19.00
Closes at 20.00
The d'Annunzio the Hero Museum and the Priory can be visited from 10.00 on Mondays

Winter opening times (from the last Sunday in October to the last Saturday in March)
Entry from 9.00 to 16.00
Closes at 17.00
The d'Annunzio the Hero Museum and the Priory are closed on Mondays

To visit the Priory visitors must follow a guided tour which lasts about 30 minutes.
The number of tickets available for the house is limited by the number of guided tours available.
When visiting the d'Annunzio the Hero Museum and the Priory, all bags, cameras and similar accessories must be deposited in the cloakroom (free of charge).

For any other information tel. +39 0365 296521


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Address: Casa Cuseni Via Leonardo da Vinci, 5 98039 Taormina ME (Italia)
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Casa Cuseni - Taormina

Casa Cuseni in Taormina was built by the English painter Robert Kitson at the beginning of the 900th and became soon an important International Artistic Centre. Von Gloeden, Alfred East, Albert Liberty, Charles Ashbee, Cecil Hunt, Frank Brangwyn, Charles Baskerville, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalì, Henry Moore, Ezra Pound, Tenneesse Williams, Rohal Dahl, Bertrand Russell, Greta Garbo are just few of the celebrities leaving here a memory of their stay.
The house keeps collections of paintings testifying the English Grand Tour in Sicily, and the famous Sir Frank Brangwyn’s dining-room, the only one existing in the world. In this secret room, Frank Brangwyn appears a mural representing homosexuality, in England at that time oppressed and persecuted, while in Taormina was free and protected.
An exceptional representation of a young male couple with an infant, the first civil partnership with adoption in the world art history; a shocking representation for the moral of the time, an issue still nowadays controversial. Casa Cuseni is nowadays official Museum of Fine Arts in Taormina. Its historical garden is part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani. The whole architectural complex, thanks to its high artistic and historic value, has been declared Italian National Monument.
 
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Address: Museo Casa Scelsi Via di San Teodoro 8 00186 Roma Tel 0669920344
Visiting Hours: Lunedì – venerdì 9.00 – 14.00 Apertura Archivio Lunedì 9.00 – 14.00 e 14.30 – 16.30 Martedì e mercoledì 9.00 – 14.00 Il giovedì e venerdì su appuntamento Per ottimizzare l’utilizzo delle postazioni dell’Archivio vi invitiamo a concordare le date della vostra presenza Visita al Museo Le visite si effettuano previo appuntamento Orari di apertura: lunedì - venerdì 10.00 - 13.00
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Roma

The Isabella Scelsi Foundation houses the Casa Scelsi Museum, occupying 100 squared metres of the building and first opened to the public in 1996. The project derived from the express wish of the Maestro himself, who left not only his music, his poetry, and his writing, but also the place where he lived and worked for many years.
The apartment boasts an imposing panoramic view of the Forums. Inside, we find his piano (played by Scelsi the virtuoso and still in use), the legendary “ondiole”, the rare oriental miscellanea, the antique Tibetan trumpets (which were a souvenir from his travels in the Far East), and a copy of Dali’s celebrated diptych “Coppia con le teste piene di nuvole”. The original is in the Mart Museum of Trento and Rovereto. A beautiful flowered terrace gives visitors a charming view of Rome.
 
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Address: Segreteria: 0541 622160 Via Don Minzoni, 64 Santarcangelo di Romagna, 47822 Italia
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Santarcangelo di Romagna

Giulio Turci’s house is located in Via Don Minzoni at No. 49 in the heart of Santarcangelo di Romagna. It is an attic built in the early 1960s, hidden on the roof of his family house, a building from the 20th century. It can be reached through a wooden staircase inside. Bright and discreet, it preserves the original character of the house, being filled as it is with objects, tools and personal belongings such as paintbrushes, colours, paintings, inks, spatulas, palette knives, chalks, easels, oil paints, books, records, toys, and essentially everything the artist loved. Turci chose this place in the early 1950s, after having lived in the old contrada, in Via della Cella, nearby the Rocca Malatestiana (Malatesta Fortress). Then he moved to the centre of the village, near the central square, eventually settling in this house at No. 49 of Via Don Minzoni.Even today it isrepresents the family gathering place, as his wife Anna Terza Giorgetti still lives in this house. The family takes care of the upkeep of the original furnishings and personal belongings. The artist’s life is still present within the rooms of this house-museum, as the artist personally chose the collection of paintings displayed on the walls, which date from the early 1940s up to his last works in 1978, along with their composition. The two floors on which the everyday life took place seem to present the same result: the artist’s life breathed and was fed on the daily experiences that are still encountered today. In this regard, we could almost smell the coffee wafting up from the kitchen into the attic, where two friends would sit, as if in a sparrow’s nest, whispering ideas on painting, music, the wind, and recollecting memories while out of the small windows they would gaze at the beauty of the hills, the distant mountains, the contrada and the ancient village... In May, the pleasant smell of the lime trees bordering the beautiful village avenue blends with the scents of oil paints or of turpentine.

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Address: Casa Venturi - Atelier Venturino Venturi via Martiri della Libertà 7 52024 Loro Ciuffenna, Arezzo tel. 055-9175028 fax 055-0513027 cell. 348-7915877
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Loro Ciuffenna (Arezzo)

Venturino Venturi’s house was built at the end of the 1960s. Today it preserves his artwork, along with an archive, photo library, media library and newspaper library. The artwork is displayed in every room of the house, just as Venturino left it. The house also contains a 20th century art library. Among the main artworks, there are: Donna Seduta, made in gypsum and whose bronze version is in the Uffizi Gallery; the bronze Silvana al Sole; the portrait of Giuseppe Ungaretti; the scale model of Pinocchio for Collodi’s park; and the studio, full of sculptures and charm, inspired Mario Luzi’s poem, ‘Atelier’, written for Venturino in 1978.
 
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Address: Associazione Elemirezolla Vicolo Dell’ Unione 14 53045 Montepulciano (SI) tel: + 39 0578 758543
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Montepulciano

The apartment where Elémire Zolla lived between 1991 and 2002 is housed in a 17th century building in the historic centre of Montepulciano (near Siena). Its two rooms are adorned with frescoes by Piero Castagnoli di Prato, dating from the end of the 18th century. The living room might be described as a wunder kammer for the richness of its furniture and objects collected during several travels made through Asia by the writer and his wife, Grazia Marchianò. The frescoes in this room reflect the traditional symbolism of Greek mythology: four winds shooting arrows in four different directions and the kidnapping of the nymph Orizia by Borea, the wind. A large bookcase, with books of philosophy, literature, anthropology and orientalist texts, can be found in the house, beyond the ten thousand books’ library placed in another apartment in the historical centre. Here, are kept also the writer’s archive, the printed works and the translations by Zolla and Marchianò. In the room, are accommodated late 18th century furniture of Piedmont and a precious Japanese piece of furniture in baroque style, as far as a semi-abstract sculpture by Massimo Lippi from Siena, inspired by the vescica piscis; a precious Greek icon representing Virgin Stella Maris and a small collection of icons gathered by Zolla during his travels. The other rooms of the apartment are full with paintings by the artist Giuseppe Marchianò (1911-1988), the father of Grazia Marchianò, and some portraits of Elémire Zolla by his father Venanzio, a renowned Anglo-Piedmontese painter (1880-1961).
 
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Address: Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti Stradello Nava, 6 Modena (MO) - ITALY Telefono: 059 460778
Visiting Hours: Open daily 10.00 to 18.00 (last admission)
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Modena

The house of Maestro Pavarotti was terminated in 2005; it is located in the area he had bought in the mid-eighties.
The villa (where he lived the last years of his life) has been designed following the instructions and drawings which Maestro gave to architects and engineers who have supervised the construction.
Even today this home reflects in every detail the personality of the one who imagined it. The house keeps personal items that he loved and contains the memories of his days spent in the company of family, friends and young students.
The visit to this house will enable visitors to experience Pavarotti in the light of its most intimate and warm rooms, to approach gently to his memory knowing his daily habits, finding the man he was once behind the scenes.
You will especially enjoy the costumes so dear to him, pictures and videos that have marked his great artistic career, the countless awards and awards in a career of over forty years in opera houses around the world.

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