Episode 20: Tuscany: Discovering Art in Florence and Beyond with Alexandra Korey

Hosts Sara, Jessica and Michelle discuss Italy’s youth brain drain, Tiziano Ferro admits he’s gay and speak with special guest Alexandra Korey from the Regione Toscana’s social media team about what you still need to discover about Tuscany’s art and museums.

Eye on Italy News Stories:

Special Guest:
Alexandra Korey
, An expat in Florence for a decade, a study abroad professor of Renaissance art history, and now a full time blogger for the Regione Toscana’s social media team. Alexandra Korey invests all her love and knowledge of Italian art history in the blog “Tuscany Arts” (http://arts.allthingstuscany.com). Her geek side also enjoys curating the Tuscany Arts facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/tuscanyarts), tweeting (@tuscanyart – no S), and most recently writing tips on the region’s official Foursquare channel (http://foursquare.com/visittuscany)! [And from a personal angle, you can follow her while she kvetches about expat life and blogs about the rest of Italy on www.arttrav.com .]

Mentioned during her interview:

  • Obscure museums: other than the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, San Marco, and the Laurentian Library from my readers, Alexandra suggested: 1) Palazzo Davanzati, 2) the costume gallery of Palazzo Pitti, 3) Museo Stibbert [update: Alexandra wrote a post on Tuscany Arts on Eight “other” museums in Florence]
  • Contemporary Art in Tuscany – where to see it:
    Right now, there are two temporary exhibits by one of Italy’s most famous contemporary artists – see Michelangelo Pistoletto in Tuscany. The main contemporary museums/galleries (that host rotating exhibits) are: Strozzina (part of Palazzo Strozzi), Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Centro Pecci in Prato (currently being greatly expanded to house its permanent collection), and Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia.
  • Where to find news of arts events in Tuscany: The arts events list on Tuscany Arts, APT Firenze, and the upcoming “Events of Tuscany” calendar from the social media team 😉


Eye on Italy Angolo d’Italiano:

  • rinascimento, primo e alto

    • early and high Renaissance

Eye on Italy Picks of the Week:

Video of the week:

  • We wanted to include a Tiziano Ferro video this week, but they haven’t understood that the more they allow official videos to be embedded elsewhere, legally, they can diffuse the pleasure of their music. So, trust us, and click through and listen to some of Tiziano’s videos.
  • Video review of the Bronzino Exhibit that’s on in Florence right now:


  1. I think Tiziano Ferro’s voice would have been better than my overdub voice on this Bronzino video, but I’m happy that your viewers will see this video review of a really great exhibit!

    I think we need to tell people that the profile photo I sent in with this interview is a bit of a joke – taken while i was walking down the street by my dad who was playing with his telephoto lens!

    And finally, inspired by your question about “other” museums in Florence, I wrote a whole post, so listeners can get the full deal here: http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/allthingstuscany/tuscanyarts/other-museums-in-florence/

    Thanks again ladies for including me in the show!

  2. Great job EOI and Alexandra! That photo perfectly suits AK, now that you’re an art history superstar being sought for interviews all over the world! 😉

    Keep up the great work
    H Niyazi

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