Spring and Easter is a perfect combination and a perfect excuse to spend a few days (or more) in Tuscany: the days are getting warmer, the flowers are blooming, the food is (as always) great and, this year, there is a wide range of art exhibitions to help you make the most of your Easter holidays! Always be sure to contact the museum or the local Tourist Information Offices first to check about opening days and times, as many churches and museums might be closed on Easter Sunday and/or Easter Monday. Florence offers such a broad selection of events that you’ll probably need to select carefully! If you plan to see as many exhibitions and museums as you can, remember that the Florence Museum Card is an excellent option. Here is a list of the ongoing temporary exhibitions: “From Boldini to De Pisis” Villa Bardini and Moder Art Gallery-Pitti Palace An exhibition to give a “temporary home” to many of the works that are part of the art collections usually hosted in the Palazzo Massari in Ferrara, damaged during the earthquake of May 2012. “From Rule to Fancy: Spanish Artists in Italy in the Early Mannerist Period” Uffizi Gallery The intense artistic exchange between the most important Spanish painters and sculptors of the time and Florentine and Italian late-Renaissance artists, in the context of the style known as the early “manner” or Mannerism. It’s the first exhibition of the “Un Anno ad Arte” program. “Luxury and Elegance. French Porcelain at Court and the Ginori Manufactory (1800 – 1830)” Silver Museum, Pitti Palace The first 30 years of production at Richard Ginori Manufacting. “Amid Medici Splendour. Pope Leo X in Florence” Museum of the Medici Chapels The exhibit focuses on the artistic projects and the legacy of Lorenzo Il Magnifico’s son Giovanni, to commemorate his crowning as the first Medici pope and to celebrate a period of astonishing cultural creativity between Florence and Rome. “The Springtime of the Renaissance. Sculpture and the Arts in Florence 1400-60” Palazzo Strozzi One of the greatest exhibition for 2013, organized by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation and the Musée du Louvre. The origin of what is still known today as the "miracle" of the Renaissance in Florence, principally through masterpieces of sculpture. Opening the exhibition: an evocation of Brunelleschi’s dome. “An idea of Beauty” Centre of Contemporary Art La Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi An exhibition that aims to show the work of eight contemporary international artists - Vanessa Beecroft, Chiara Camoni, Andreas Gefeller, Alicja Kwade, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Isabel Rocamora, Anri Sala and Wilhelm Sasnal – and to encourage visitors to reconsider the concept of beauty. And if you are outside Florence, here are a few shows to see: "ANTONIO LIGABUE. Instinct, genius and madness" Lu.C.C.A. Lucca Center of Contemporary Art A new, amazing exhibition dedicated to one of the most controversial and unpredictable artists of the 1900s. ) “RESTORING HISTORY. The dawn of Etruscan princes” Museum of the Etruscan and Roman City of Cortona Over 200 objects coming from the archeological sites in the area of Cortona, along with a series of loans from the Florence National Archeological Museum; some of these pieces are being viewed in public for the very first time! A final tip: Museum of the Chianti and Valdarno area: remember that there is a new tool to visit them all, the “Immagini e Saperi” (Images and Skills) special card – 12 museums for just 5 euros. An if you are an art lover, but you also appreciate nature, traditions, social life, good food and quality wines, here are some suggestions for you. HAPPY EASTER in Tuscany!