Aria art gallery | Florence
To be honest (and to quote Carrie Bradshaw) I'm not very arty. I don't have a particular interest in art. Well, I do of course love photography and I am also a big fan of the cinema and literature - even ballet - but art as in paintings, sculptures, installations etc: not so much.
I love to read biographies about artists and their lives - especially if they lived one of those super romantic poor bohemian lives in pre war Paris - (oh, the diaries of Anaïs Nin...), but that's more or less it.
Well, actually there's one more thing: I LOVE galleries and art museums. I love the bright white rooms, the silence, the amazing light which is usually present, the museum cafes - and don't even get me started on the museum book stores...
In Florence I have a little favorite art gallery which I'm pretty sure must fall under the hidden gems category - at least for tourists.
Aria art gallery is located in the back of the most beautiful little courtyard full of amazing green palm trees. It is nothing less than a little oasis, and inside the little gallery you find changing contemporary art exhibitions of all kinds from photography over paintings to sculptures.
The garden dates back to 1534 where Margherita Acciaiuoli -who was married to patron of the arts Pierfrancesco Borgherini - had the brilliant idea to create it.
The gallery came later. It was originally located in Pietrasanta but was moved to the beautiful garden in the centro storico of Florence in 2009. And now here it is. Go and see it - entrance is free.
Borgo Santi Apostoli 40. www.ariaartgallery.com