Florentine health and beauty products

Villa le Barone, Panzano in Chianti: Roses in the garden

Tradition and Innovation in health and beauty products are the philosophy and values of Officina de Tornabuoni, established in Florence for 4 generations.

Since 1843, the Officina de Tornabuoni proposes natural products based on plant extracts, serving the needs of a demanding and sophisticated clientele. It uses the best ingredients, recognized for their finest quality and for their beneficial effects on health and beauty. Fabrications contain no parabens, no mineral oils, no artificial colors.

With four generations of a Florentine family dedicated to the well-being of its customers, the Officina de Tornabuoni has acquired a unique experience in the use of medicinal plants in cosmetics, in products for the spas, in health products.

Villa le Barone, Panzano in Chianti: Iris in the garden

There is a large choice of beauty and health products: Tonic Water Tornabuoni with rose water and Sicilian citrus, iris beauty cream for sensitive skins, rose and papaya bubble bath, ginger and grapefruit bubble bath (a Mediterranean experience!), and so many other natural excellent products! You will find a number of them at Villa Barone.

Tradition and innovation are Tuscan small businesses’ key words, and the manufacture of the Florentine beauty and health products by Officina de Tornabuoni is a great example of this tradition of excellence!

Picasso exhibition in Palazzo Strozzi, close to Palazzo Larderel in Florence

Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni Florence: the entrance

Palazzo Strozzi, one of the most beautiful palaces in Via Tornabuoni in Florence, close to the Palazzo Larderel will host the exhibition “Picasso and the Spanish modernity ” from September 20th, 2014 to January 15th, 2015.

After the admirable success of the exhibition on “Picasso, Mirò, Dali” in 2011, the 2014  exhibition will present major works of one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso and  as well as other  major Spanish artists such as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Marie Blanchard, Julio González.  This exhibition comes after another great one devoted to two masters of mannerism: Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino  which was held until July 2014. Palazzo Strozzi therefore takes us from the “modern manner” of the 16th century‘s to the “modern art” of the 20th century.

Thanks to the collaboration between the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the exhibition will present around 90 works of the production of Picasso and other artists, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and a film shootings. Among the works on display are famous masterpieces such as the Portrait of Dora Maar, the Horse Head and the Painter, the model of Picasso, Siurana, the Path by Miró, as well as  drawings, etchings and paintings of Picasso preparatory to the great masterpiece Guernica, which have never been shown in such numbers outside of  Spain.

Palazzo Strozzi Via Tornabuoni Florence: the Picasso exhibition

Palazzo Strozzi  is located in via Tornabuoni in the heart of Florence. Commissioned by the Florentine merchant Filippo Strozzi, its foundations were laid in 1489 but it was finished only in 1538. The Palazzo remained the property of the Strozzi family until 1937. Since the Second World War, Palazzo Strozzi has been one of the most exciting and innovative exhibition spaces in Europe.  Every exhibition is labeled in English and Italian. There are special labels and audio guides specially conceived for families and children, interactive experiences as well as innovative workshops and kits enabling the visitors to actively explore each exhibition.

This is an event not to be missed, not only by art lovers but by all who can take this opportunity to stay in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities of the world, possibly residing in a beautiful apartment in Palazzo Larderel,  Via Tornabuoni , nearly in front of Palazzo Strozzi.

Stay in Palazzo Larderel and you will be offered  the  tickets for the exhibit!

Art tours and relaxation in Tuscany

Art in Florence - David by Michelangelo

For ideal vacations, the best is to combine guided art tours in Tuscany with a wonderful relaxation break in a countryside hotel.

Book now our special offer “Art tours and relaxation in Tuscany”. Also enjoy the art quiz below!

Don’t bother booking your tickets for the Uffizi museum or the Academia yourself:  Villa le Barone can do it for you.  We can also hire for you a wonderful guide who will make you discover (or rediscover)  the key artworks of in the museums… and after a full day in Florence, you will be happy to come back to the quietness of the countryside, and   get moments of relaxation on Villa le Barone’s terraces, admiring the spectacular Tuscan landscape.

Relaxation à Villa le Barone close to Florence

And to prepare yourself for those perfect holidays, respond to the quiz below on the “lighter sides of Tuscan culture…Do you know why…”

  • Michelangelo’s David’s right arm seems abnormally long and large?
    …because the statue was supposed to be located in a church at a height such that the laws of perspective would make it look exactly perfect.
  • There is a small hidden window overlooking the large room “ Salone dei 500” in Plazzo Vecchio?
    … because it was from there, a dressing room,  that Bianca Capello, first the mistress and then the wife of Francesco I de Medici, could observe the meetings and subsequently advise her husband.
  • The evening dresses of the Medici princess where weighed before and after the ball?
    …in order to be sure that none of the gems and precious stones which adorned the fabric had been lost or torn away during a dance.
  • Many Florentine palaces have often at street level a small window with a lock?
    …from there wine would be sold to passers-by in the street.
  • There is a passage on top of Palazzo Vecchio?
    …it’s called the “Corridoio Vasariano” and was a corridor, decorated by Vasari, allowing the Medicis to get to work (from Palazzo Pitti to Palazzo Vecchio, above the Ponte Vecchio) avoiding rain, sleet … and the knives of their political opponents.
  • There is a recipe called “Beans Birdie Style” (Fagioli all’uccelletto)?
    …as a substitute for meat- since meat was expensive- one would cook beans, but with the same recipe as for small birds … without the birds!  Simple, insn’t it?  It’s still very tasty today!
  • It’s the right time to book your holiday at Villa le Barone?
    … because it’s a piece of heaven as shortly and rightly described just last night by a Guest after a good dinner with a  glass of Chianti!