Every Wednesday from 5 pm on, children and parents are invited to share in our Community Garden at the Nidiaci, in Via d’Ardiglione (Oltrarno), just behind the Carmine church. Directed by expert agronomists, a chance to learn, have fun, help life grow… and get some exercise! We’ll also soon be starting singing lessons, with a […]
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AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN THE SECRET GARDEN: VOLUNTEER WORK AT THE NIDIACI IN OLTRARNO by Anna Lord Last year I volunteered as an English teacher for children at the Nidiaci Gardens in Oltrarno. This space is currently run by a group of local volunteers, mostly parents of young children who keep this lovely walled garden […]
An excellent article about the Nidiaci adventure and history, by Penny Howard who runs the interesting blog Beyond the Yalla Dog, on art and life in Florence. Emilio Santarelli,(1801–1886) was the Florentine artist who sculpted the vigorous and sympathetic sculpture of Michelangelo Buonarotti for one of the most prominent niches in the Uffizi. He was an […]
Riprendiamo dal blog di David Bollier The Nidiaci Garden of Florence, an Oasis of Commoning in a Busy City David Bollier Tue, 03/28/2017 – 11:36 The beautiful city of Florence, Italy, is nearly overwhelmed by throngs of tourists much of the year, which leads one to wonder: How can residents live and enjoy the city […]
From the website of The Florentine… NEWS Free violin lessons for children in the Nidiaci Garden Amici del Nidiaci re-launches community initiative Editorial Staff September 6, 2016 – 11:39 Cultural association Amici del Nidiaci will re-launch its violin lessons for elementary school children on September 8 at 6pm. Led by experienced instructor Mariana Pinto, […]
Spring Feast of the Ardiglione-Nidiaci garden in Oltrarno: the first we have ever organised! Three years ago, we were a small group of parents upset at how a real estate speculator had taken over a ludoteca – a kind of after-school playground with toys and animation by professional educators – and driven the children out. […]
Saturday May 7th, from 4 p.m. on, at the Ardiglione-Nidiaci garden (in Via d’Ardiglione, behind the Carmine church in Oltrarno), the great springtime feast of the people of San Frediano and Santo Spirito, with: – treasure hunt – magic show by Giacomo Becattini – a fairy tale told and put to music on the pedal […]
In 1920, the American Red Cross donated the means to turn a building in Florence’s Oltrarno district – Palazzo Santarelli, in Via della Chiesa 44, 46, 48 and 50 – into a kindergarten and playground for the deprived children of the San Frediano area. In 2012, real estate dealer Salvatore Leggiero turned the kids out. […]
On Wednesday, April 20, the Archbishop of Florence will be visiting the Ardiglione-Nidiaci garden during his pastoral visit to the parish of San Frediano in Cestello. A strong decision, if we think what this area means in terms of popular identity, of tenacious resistance against injustice, speculation and gentrification, and of the capacity people have […]
Literally in the shade of Santa Maria del Carmine, where the Renaissance began, here we are planting tomatoes, cucumbers and other good and healthy things. Our community garden is small, but growing! This little corner of San Frediano/Oltrarno which we are saving from real estate speculation and institutional neglect (to put it mildly) is beginning […]
At last, we have been able to start free English lessons for children at the Ardiglione-Nidiaci garden. We have no roof over our heads yet, but the weather is fine… Thanks to Anna Lord (author of the fascinating book Welcome to the Tuscan Dream) who is our volunteer teacher.
We have just fallen in love and are getting married 🙂 Well, to put it more prosaically, the people keeping the so-called Nidiaci garden open have had the good luck of teaming up with one of the most extraordinary football teams in the world, the Centro Storico Lebowski. Together, we are opening the first free […]
Our garden has an incredible history, which we have only gradually discovered. This is our first, rough attempt at telling the story of what we call the “Nidiaci”. There is a lot more to tell, and we look forward to finding someone truly interested in following the matter up. Download the PDF file .