BEE ALIVE: discovering urban beekeeping


If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.’ — Albert Einstein

Manifattura Tabacchi’s beekeeping laboratory is moving online. Discover the world of bees from your own home on our digital platform [Home Edition].

Every Tuesday, at 3 p.m. Stefano Pignatelli, professional beekeeper and member of the Association of Tuscan Beekeepers (ARPAT), will explain the fascinating microcosm of the beehive by releasing short videos with content geared at both children and adults.

Home edition

Bees have an essential role in the cycle of nature. Bees pollinate many of the Earth’s flowers thereby helping ecosystems to reproduce and regenerate.

Bees have become endangered and risk extinction due to the use of pesticides in industrial agriculture, parasites, and poor air quality. Yet this is not the only reason that we, at Manifattura Tabacchi, decided to house a number of beehives on B9’s roof:

The first reason is that bees are an excellent gauge of our Planet’s health. In working to protect bees, we are contributing to a project we share with humanity: that of preserving environmental balance.

The second reason is that bees, work in the world and on behalf of the world, so they are the perfect metaphor for what contemporary cities must aspire to become: places in which intelligence and collective efforts are able to flourish, not only for individual gains, but with broader objectives in mind in order to benefit the urban organism as a whole.

Part 1

The beehive

Learn how the beehive is structured and how bees live inside it by exploring one from the inside.