There are already plenty of reasons for tourists from all over the world to rent Tuscany villas, especially in the spring and summer. But just in case you needed one more, Florence will be hosting a whole year of art festivals in 2012, with several museums welcoming temporary exhibitions and other related events.
While this event is not new (this year’s edition is the seventh), it is always quite popular, with 2011 statistics showing a 6% increase in museum visits. Usually offering a mixture of hidden or lesser-known masterpieces and more famous works on loan from other galleries, these highlights of Florence’s artistic year are bound to entice locals just as much as tourists renting Tuscany villas in the areas around the city.
2012’s edition kicked off on March 20, with the opening of a tapestry exhibition at the Uffizzi Gallery. Palazzo Pitti followed suit with the inauguration of an exhibition about Japan, a country Italians cherish considerably, on April 3. Still to come, in such venues as the Galleria Dell’Accademia and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, are exhibitions about fables, Florentine gothic art, and an exhibition called ‘Art Becomes Art’, which links 20th century art to that of previous centuries.
The year-long festival, which undoubtedly warrants a visit from anyone renting Tuscany villas in 2012, draws to a close with an exhibition about Amerigo Vespucci, which simultaneously closes a year of celebrations of the Italian explorer. This exhibition, held in conjunction with the Gilcrease Museum, of Oklahoma, USA, will focus on artifacts from Native American tribes, and will run until the 3rd of December.
The wealth and variety of exhibitions on offer in Florence this year can only lead to the conclusion that the ‘capital’ of Tuscany is a city art aficionados will not want to pass up on in 2012!