Amici del Nidiaci in Oltrarno

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The Transversal Orchestra of Florence’s Oltrarno

The Transversal Orchestra of the People of San Frediano and Santo Spirito Directed by Maestro Matteo Ceramelli, the Orchestra Trasversale delle Genti di San Frediano e Santo Spirito is a growing Ensemble, embracing a whole district of Florence: children, the elderly, natives and immigrants, instruments of every kind, no border between “performers” and “audience”. Discovering […]

Nidiaci and the European Sustainable Cities Platform

Our Association has presented itself on the European Sustainable Cities Platform (Transformative Action 44). Oltrarno Sostenibile Organisation : Associazione Amici del Nidiaci in Oltrarno Onlus , Italy For five years, the local community has been self-managing the Nidiaci, an area dedicated to children and families in the heart of the historic Oltrarno district of Florence. […]

The Nidiaci garden in Oltrarno, a short history

The Nidiaci in San Frediano, Florence The Nidiaci is the modern name, used only from the 1950s on, for a garden hidden behind the Carmine church where the Renaissance began. It lies behind a gate on the narrow Via d’Ardiglione, where Filippo Lippi was born. Today it is a unique experiment in “commoning”, being kept […]

Today Like Six Hundred Years Ago

Have you noticed something new on the gates of the Nidiaci garden? It is the copy of a fresco from the Brancacci Chapel (just around the corner from our garden) called The Distribution of Alms and Death of Ananias. The idea was given to us by Nicholas Eckstein, an Australian scholar who has spent his […]

Saving city community life

An article in The Guardian tells us about research showing that the healthiest place to live is a crowded “inner city” – to use the American expression: a place like the Oltrarno. Where an intense social life and especially walking make the big difference, against obesity-promoting, isolated suburbias. This is a key reason we defend […]

Free singing lessons at Nidiaci garden in Oltrarno

Friday May 19 at 5 p.m. singing lessons will start at the Nidiaci Garden (Via d’Ardiglione behind the Carmine church): the teacher invites the families to come so as to explain her methods and goals. The teacher is Biljana Stojkoska, soloist, vocal performer and opera singer. As with all the activities of our Association, the […]

Every Wednesday, Community Garden at the Nidiaci

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 […]

An English Teacher in the Secret Garden: volunteer work at the Nidiaci in Oltrarno

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 […]

Emilio Santarelli, who sculpted Michelangelo and grew a garden full of camelias

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 […]

Alice Ginavri’s photos of the Nidiaci garden Spring Feast

We had the good luck of a visit by photographer Alice Ginavri at the spring feast of the Nidiaci on Saturday. Here are some of the pictures Alice took and made a gift to us of. We’ll be putting up more soon. And of course, a picture of Alice herself!      

The Nidiaci Garden of Florence, an Oasis of Commoning in a Busy City

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 […]

Free violin lessons for children in the Nidiaci Garden

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, […]

1500 people at the Spring Feast of the Ardiglione-Nidiaci

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. […]

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