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A guide to the swimming pools in Florence

Summer can be cruel in Florence for those who don't have the chance to get out of town for a few days, away from the torrid streets of the historical center. Temperature rise higher with each passing year, leaving the Florentines to melt away even in the shade. If you...

Traditional recipes: Cantucci Toscani with Vin Santo

The most typical Tuscan dessert, which you will find in all restaurants, is for sure Cantucci Toscani, or Cantucci di Prato with Vin Santo.Delicious dry almond biscuits, strictly to be consumed dipped in Vin Santo! The sweet and crunchy biscuits go perfectly with this fortified wine typical of our region,...

Out of town: Villa La Petraia, a Medici residence

A few kilometers from Florence, in the hamlet of Castello, is located Villa La Petraia, one of the most spectacular residences the Medici family left us.The residence had several owners, including the Strozzi family, before passing into the hands of the Medici in 1544. It was Cardinal Ferdinando, who later...

Saint John's day: all you need to know!

On June 24, Florence celebrates Saint John's Day, the patron saint of the city. The choice of St. John the Baptist as patron was made only after the conversion of the city to Christianity, infact initially the patron saint of the city was the god Mars, his statue had been...

The game of Calcio Storico Fiorentino

June in Florence is all about Calcio Storico (or Calcio in Costume), the main event of the summer for the florentines. Legend has it that the game originated from the roman Harpastum, an ancient sport played by two teams who's goal was to get the ball - made of rags...

Mimmo Jodice. Senza tempo in Florence

At Villa Bardini is ongoing an exhibition dedicated to a master of Italian photography: Mimmo Jodice. Senza tempo (Timeless). The exhibition of the Neapolitan artist will be open until July 14th and includes eighty shots of great beauty taken between 1964 and 2011, that summarize his career in 6 sections:...

Anselm Kiefer: Fallen Angels at Palazzo Strozzi

There is still time to go and see the exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Fallen Angels at Palazzo Strozzi and we warmly invite you to do so.As soon as you’ll enter the courtyard you’ll find yourself admiring Englessturz (The Fall of the Angel), an enormous seven-metre-high multi-material installation that covers an entire...

The Medici oranges

The Medici are known as great collectors and patrons of art and literature. Many also know about their great passion for botany and gardens. Almost every estate owned by the Medici family was equipped with magnificent parks that we can still admire and visit today, like the Boboli Gardens.What not...

Out of town excursion: the Medici Park of Pratolino

Say you've come to Florence attracted by its immense artistic, historical and cultural heritage. Say you've already visited all the museums and churches and photographed all the beautiful panoramic views the city has to offer.Now add to all this that at this time of the year, days are sunny and...

The lily of Florence

Florence is also called the "lily city", the red lily is in fact the symbol of the Tuscan capital, it can be found on coats of arms, on the shields supported by the Marzocco, on the historic Florentine buildings and as a symbol of sporting associations.This love between the lily...

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