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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...

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...

April 26, 1478: the Pazzi conspiracy

The members of the Medici family were as much loved by the people as they were hated by the rival families who aimed to take their place in power. Among these we find the Pazzi, also bankers, who harbored a visceral hatred for Lorenzo the Magnificent and Giuliano, his brother....

Anna Maria Luisa de Medici's legacy

On the 18th of February Florence celebrates a very special woman, the one to whom we owe the salvaging of our art heritage: Anna Maria Luisa dei Medici, also known as the Electress Palatine. Anna Maria was the daughter of Cosimo III and Margherita Luisa d'Orleans. Theirs was a very...

Bygone Florence: Church of San Pier Maggiore

Florence has changed its appearance many times over the centuries, and a great number of buildings was lost due to demolitions and renovations. This is the case of the Church of San Pier Maggiore, of which only traces of the arches of the external portico of the church remain in...

The ghost of Baldaccio d'Anghiari

Every city has its own ghosts, and Florence certainly could not be the exception. There are stories about sightings of spirits in the Tuscan capital, like the one of Palazzo Budini-Gattai or Ginevra degli Almieri. The story we're going to tell you today is about one of the most famous:...

When the Carro Matto arrives in Florence

The fourth Saturday in September sees the Carro Matto (Crazy Cart) parade through the streets of the historic center of Florence, a tradition that has its roots in fourteenth-century Florence. At the time, the wine mostly came from the Chianti area, now known all over the world for the production...

Curious Florence: buchette del vino

Walking down the streets of Florence you might have seen them: tiny arched shaped doors on the walls of buildings in the city center. Many wonder what they are, even some florentines don't know their history. They are called "buchette del vino" (litterally "wine holes"), closed with little wooden doors...

Shooting stars and the night of San Lorenzo

The shooting stars visible to the naked eye on the night of San Lorenzo are called Perseids, as they come from the constellation of Perseus. They form a meteor shower that the Earth passes through in the summer, during its orbit around the sun. Visible from the end of July...

As the saying goes: San Giovanni non vuole inganni!

Have you ever heard a Florentine say: “San Giovanni non vuole inganni" (Saint John doesn't allow deceit)? This saying is often used in situations where someone has tried to trick somebody else and the other person found out, or they don't believe the lie told. Where does this saying come from?...

Florentine Renaioli

The Arno river has always been a faithful friend to the Florentines, allowing the proliferation of numerous activities along its banks, exploiting every resource it made available. In particular, a city with an intense building activity like Florence, needed a great quantity of building material, and it is precisely to...

Curious Florence: the Florentine New Year

Florence is a city that has always done things a little in its own way, as demonstrated by the fact that for 168 years it celebrated the New Year on a different day than the rest of Italy. The Florentine New Year is celebrated on 25 March, the date corresponding...

The column of san Zanobi

On January 26th, in Florence we celebrate San Zanobi (Saint Zenobius) so you might see a garland of flowers at the base of the column in Piazza Duomo - if you ever even noticed the column in the first place. Many people, including Florentines, pass by it every day not...

Autumn Recipes: Castagnaccio

Autumn is a bittersweet season. Not everyone appreciates the cooler air and the fiery colors of the changing leaves, because that means the end of hot summer days and the arrival of gray skies and rain.    From a culinary point of view though, autumn agrees almost with everyone: pumpkins, chestnuts,...

The facade of santa maria del Fiore in Florence: a 6 century long enterprise

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore has become one of the most famous churches in the world, especially thanks to the amazing dome of which Filippo Brunelleschi endowed it with. Not everyone knows, however, that the symbolic building of Florence has a very troubled history, which lasted almost 600...

When the Nazis bombed the bridges of Florence

August 3, 1944, Florence is still occupied by the Nazis. It’s been almost a year, the Allies are expected to send help any day now, and rumor has it that, knowing this, the Germans want to destroy the Florentine bridges to cut off access routes. On July 30, everyone who...

The Palace of Bianca Cappello: a love story and a series of misterious deaths

In via Maggio at n. 26, there is a very particular building, recognizable by its beautiful facade entirely decorated with grotesques. First documented architectural work of Bernardo Buontalenti, the palace was commissioned by Francesco I de’ Medici and built, between 1570 and 1574, upon an old fifteenth-century building. Francesco I,...

Girolamo Savonarola: a herethic in Florence

Florence is a place full of history and stories, and sometimes, without even realizing it, we find ourselves walking right upon them. This might have happened in Piazza della Signoria, where a large marble plaque set in the paving of the square, right in front of the fountain of Neptune,...

Chi vuol esser lieto sia! Lorenzo the Magnificent's Carnival

Quant’è bella giovinezza, che si fugge tuttavia! chi vuol esser lieto, sia: di doman non c’è certezza.   "How beautiful is youth, / though quickly it does flee! / be happy if you want to: / for tomorrow may not come" This is what Lorenzo il Magnifico wrote in the opening...

Carnevale desserts: Cenci

During Carnevale each of us should let go and have some fun, no more diets, but rather, it is time to indulge in sweets! That's why there are so many pastry preparations related to this period. In particular, a dessert ever present at carnival in Tuscany are "Cenci" (rags), sweet...

The troubled past of Ponte Vecchio

Not much is known about the origins of Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous bridges in Italy, as well as the oldest bridge in Florence. We only know that at some point, the Romans decided to build a bridge over the narrowest point of the Arno River within the...

Panettone or Pandoro? The age-old dilemma

Nothing divides Italians more than the choice between Panettone and Pandoro, the Christmas cakes par excellence. Between the two, Panettone is certainly the one with the most ancient origins. In fact, we’re talking of a recipe that has its roots in a tradition dating back to the times of the...

The Italian tradition of the Nativity scene

A Christmas tradition that has Italian roots is that of the Nativity scene, "Presepe" in Italian, a display of objects and figures representing the birth of Jesus. The term “presepe” derives from the Latin “praesaepe”, meaning manger, trough, or an enclosed area for sheep and goats. The baby Jesus, Mary...

November is the cruelest month: the flood of 1966

November seems to be historically one of the rainiest and deadliest months of the year in Florence, as past events remind us. To be precise, November 4th appears to be a very unfortunate date. Every year, if it’s been raining heavily in the days before this date, we start thinking...

The story of Ginevra degli Almieri

Florence is full of mysteries and there is no shortage among them of stories about ghosts, witches and devils. Here is an unbelievable story, perhaps the most famous one, and what makes it so disturbing is that it is actually a true story, although several versions exist today. It is...

The Odeon Cinema and its history

The Renaissance palace where the Odeon is located, now called Palazzo dello Strozzino, was a property of the wealthy Strozzi family, this was true for the majority of the buildings that surrounded Piazza Strozzi and for those in the street that is now via Monalda. It does not come as...

Tuscan summer recipes: Panzanella

Eating well in the summer can be difficult when the heat makes you want to give up cooking on the stove, but there is a traditional Tuscan dish that will solve this problem and will also stimulate the most refined palates, despite its simplicity: it’s Panzanella! A fresh and substantial...

Pigments in Art

Red, black, brown, white and ochre were part of the color palette artists used in cave paintings. The first pigments, invented about 40,000 years ago, were a combination of soil, animal fat, burnt charcoal, and chalk, but since then, the number of colors available to the artists has continued to...

Beyond the Renaissance in Florence - The Golden Ratio in art and at Palazzo Rucellai

This time the title "Beyond the Renaissance" should be interpreted as "Renaissance beyond itself", that is, at the top of its idea of ​​the world and of the rediscovery of classical culture. The facade of Palazzo Rucellai, designed by Leon Battista Alberti and completed in 1465, is celebrated as one...

Beyond Renaissance in Florence - The Manifattura Tabacchi of Florence and Women's emancipation

The Manifattura Tabacchi: a district of 16 buildings on an area of ​​100,000 square meters, next to the Cascine Park. Pure modernist rationalist architecture, designed by architects Giovanni Bartoli and Pier Luigi Nervi in ​​1933, completed in 1940. According to modernist architectural canons, the structure had to be functional to...

Street Art in Florence - Faces in Le Cure railway underpass

In Florence, one of the most important places dedicated to Street Art is the underpass of the Florence-Rome railway, which connects the center with Le Cure district. A kind of museum that is in continuous transformation, worth a visit for lovers of murals who come to Florence. Of the vast...

The Explosion of the Cart in Florence

The "Scoppio del Carro" (Explosion of the Cart), is an event that takes place every year on Easter Sunday, and it dates back to the first Crusade. Legend has it that the first to climb the Jerusalem walls was a Florentine named Pazzino, member of the noble Pazzi family. He...

Recipes of the tradition: Florentine Lenten Biscuits

In the period of Lent (Quaresima in italian), that is from Ash Wednesday until Holy Thursday, in all Florentine pastry shops we find Biscotti Quaresimali, Lenten biscuits: typical cocoa biscuits connected to the period of abstinence from animal-derived foods imposed by the Christian tradition, in respect of the days of...

The Gardens of Florence - Piazza dei Ciompi and its stories

A small square in the heart of the Santa Croce district. It may appear ancient, but it was actually created in the 1930s, when it was decided to demolish the area, crammed with old buildings considered unhealthy and degraded, in order to build a modern neighborhood. For these urban interventions,...

The Gardens of Florence - Il Parco di San Donato a Novoli

San Donato a Novoli, the dream of every urban planner: an area of ​​32 hectares to be structured for public use, in the middle of one of the most densely populated town districts. Each place has its own history, sometimes very long and interesting. In 1935 - 1939, the largest...

The belly button of Florence - The Column of Abundance and its long history

Not all cities have a "belly button", an exact center marked by a column, but Florence does. It is the Column of Abundance in Piazza della Repubblica. Florence was founded by the Romans in 59 BC and all the surrounding land assigned to the veterans of Julius Caesar as a...

Dante and Beatrice

“Tanto gentile e tanto onesta parela donna mia quand’ella altrui saluta,ch’ogne lingua deven tremando mutae gli occhi no l’ardiscon di guardare.”(“So kind and so honest she looksmy woman, when she greets others,that every tongue becomes, shaking, mute,and eyes dare not look at her.”)Thus Dante Alighieri introduces us to his beloved...

Ferdinando's bees

Always reported among the curiosities of Florence are Ferdinand's bees, incrediblity hard to count. It is said that whoever manages to count them without touching or marking them, will be blessed with luck. Let's see what this is all about. At the center of Piazza SS. Annunziata we find the...

Excursions out of Florence - The thermal bath at 52 °C of Bagno Vignoni

Tuscany is a land of thermal baths, especially the south, because it was a land of volcanoes. One of the most spectacular thermal baths is in Bagno Vignoni, in the Municipality of San Quirico d’Orcia, one hour driving from Siena. A small village (30 resident inhabitants) along the Via Francigena, traveled...

Beyond Renaissance in Florence -San Giorgio dello Spirito Santo alla Costa

The restoration of the Church of San Giorgio dello Spirito Santo alla Costa  - once again the seat of a neighborhood parish -  financed by the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation under the direction of the Superintendence of Fine Arts of Florence, has been completed.We are in Costa San Giorgio, one of...

Traditional Carnival season recipes: Frittelle di San Giuseppe

After binge eating over Christmas it is already time to fill our stomachs again with new delicacies. It's the Carnival season! This means it is time for Schiacciata alla Fiorentina, Cenci and Frittelle di San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph’s fritters)!Tuscan sweet rice fritters (frittelle di riso) are one of the most...

The lions of Florence

You might have noticed that lions are everywhere in Florence. Have you wondered why? They are guarding Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia de Lanzi, they are on the weathervane on top of the Arnolfo Tower, they are represented in coat of arms, in paintings, and even the bases of lamplights...

Beyond Renaissance in Florence - The Central Market of San Lorenzo

The San Lorenzo Market or Central Market is famous all over the world and frequented by anyone who visits Florence. Outside there are stalls for souvenirs, clothing, items made with leather and fabrics, inside groceries on the ground floor, restaurants and gastronomies on the first floor.The building is also a...

The Chianti Classico Wine and its Black Rooster: a 600-year-old “logo”

Every company, every organization can’t do without a logo, a symbol to be recognized immediately, placed on  products, websites, letterheads, documents, advertising, labels, wherever possible. It has a strong evocative and commercial power and companies often invest heavily in this graphic representation to which an important industrial design sector is...

La Befana has arrived!

  “La Befana vien di notte con le scarpe tutte rotte con le toppe alla sottana: Viva, viva la Befana!”   (“The Befana comes at night/with shoes all broken/with patches on the petticoat:/Long live the Befana!")   Thus the children sing in nursery rhymes describing the Befana. An old woman...

The Florentine Christmas stump

As fireplaces disappeared from the houses, the florentine, and tuscan in general, tradition of the “Ceppo” (Christmas stump) has also gradually been lost. The elders called the day of Christmas and Santo Stefano "Ceppo" and "Ceppino", referring to this very tradition. The Christmas stump had a profound meaning, of strength...

The Gardens of Florence - Piazza Massimo D'Azeglio

Far from the madding crowd! If you are attending one of our courses, take a break and stroll at --- PIAZZA MASSIMO D’AZEGLIO. It is a large green space practically in the historic center, its history is interesting from an urban planning point of view. Before 1865 it was an...

The origins of the Italian language

Woe to speak ill of Florence to a Florentine, you could trigger a very heated discussion. Florentines have always been known for their patriotic spirit, proud of their city and their origins. We can't blame them after all, considering that in the past Florence has really played a key role...

The Gardens of Florence - Villa Strozzi

The villa and the large park were one of the private residences of the Strozzi family, built in the mid-16th century by Giovan Battista di Lorenzo Strozzi. The Strozzi were a family of bankers, perhaps the richest of the time, long enemies of the Medici. Their palace in the center...

The “Acculata Stone”, a very creative punishment!

Right in the center of the Loggia del Porcellino, in the floor,  there is a marble disk depicting a cart wheel. It indicates the point where the "carroccio" (cart) was placed with the insignia and flags of the Florentine Republic, where the army gathered in case of war. But the...

Excursion out of Florence - The Burraie and the Madonna's Roses

Half an hour by car or bus from Florence, above the Santa Brigida Village, you will find the "Ring of the Burraie", a 16-kilometer equipped trakking route through woods, meadows, rocks and beautiful landscapes. Along the path you will meet many “burraie” in excellent condition. But what are the “burraie”?...

Florentine Gothic masterpieces: Giotto's Bell tower

We very often talk about Brunelleschi's spectacular Dome - an unrivaled architectural enterprise- the largest masonry dome ever built to date. Sometimes, however, we forget the other architectural masterpiece that sits right next to it: Giotto's Bell Tower!   It was July 18, 1334 when Giotto began to lay the...

The Lebanon Cedar and the peace in the world

Until recently, the park of Villa Fabbricotti was dominated by a wonderful example of a Lebanon Cedar, right at the top of the hill. The trunk 8 meters wide, almost 25 meters high and 200 years old. For its beauty and monumentality it was chosen by the District Council of...

Stenterello: a Florentine Carnival mask

In Naples there is the famous Pulcinella, in Venice there is Colombina and in Bergamo there are Arlecchino and Brighella; but even Florence has its traditional carnival mask! It is called Stenterello, and owes its name to its puny and haggard appearance, that of a man who seems to have,...

Romantic Florence: Ippolito and Dianora

Florence also has its own Romeo and Juliet, but they are called Ippolito and Dianora (or Lionora). The story is told in a novella of the fifteenth century, Istorietta amorosa fra Leonora de ’Bardi e Ippolito Buondelmonti, that most attribute to the pen of Leon Battista Alberti. It is about...

A vandal called Michelangelo Buonarroti

On the wall of Palazzo Vecchio, behind the statue of Hercules and Cacus by Baccio Bandinelli, you will notice, if you look closely, the face of a man engraved in stone. According to the legend, Michelangelo Buonarroti himself is the author of this artwork. Michelangelo was an excellent artist, but...

The mistery of the Medici coat of arms

A golden shield with five red balls, and a blue one decorated with three golden lilies. You must have seen it everywhere in Florence, since it is the Medici coat of arms. The Medici blazon underwent inexplicable changes during most of the fifteenth century, in particular in regards to the...

Florentine curiosities: traces of ancient units of measurement

The meter is an object that we all have at home, to which we do not give much importance; often forgotten at the bottom of a drawer under the batteries and the rolls of adhesive tape. We certainly cannot consider it a luxury item. But what if we told you...

Florence Fortezza da Basso

The Fortezza da Basso, or fortress of San Giovanni Battista, today the main Florentine exhibition venue, has a long history, which began after the experience of the siege of 1529. At the time, Duke Alessandro de’ Medici commissioned to the artists and architects Pier Francesco da Viterbo and Antonio da...

Florence curiosities: the upside down balcony

Florence is well-stocked with oddities, just look around while walking down the street to catch some of them. One of these, which strikes the eye of the most attentive ones, is the balcony located in Borgo Ognissanti, at number 12. It certainly stands out: all the architectural elements that compose...

Excursions out of Florence --- The windmill of Monterifrassine

Do you have a day off? Take a ride to --- THE WINDMILL OF MONTERIFRASSINE . Tuscany is not a windy territory, if not on the coast and in some mountain areas. For this reason, over the centuries the mills to grind wheat have been pushed by the water of...

Recipes of the tradition: Panforte

One of the most typical desserts made in Tuscany - in Siena to be exact - is panforte. A spicy and sweet cake that is consumed during the Christmas period along with the well-known panettone. This dessert has very ancient origins, it is the direct descendant of the pan melato,...

Ribollita: a symbol of Tuscan cusine

Ribollita, along with with the steak, is a symbol of Tuscan cuisine. A thick and nutritious soup characterized by simple flavors and healthy ingredients, perfect for cold winter days. Already in the Middle Ages, it was the custom for the poorest families to prepare a vegetable-based soup on Fridays, since...

Florentine tortures

The Bargello, today a museum that houses one of the most important Renaissance collections of sculptures in the world, as well as a vast collection dedicated to the applied arts, was originally built as a residence of the Potestà in the 13th century. Subsequently it housed the Otto di Guardia...

Caterina de Medici, a Florentine woman at the court of France

Daughter of Lorenzo di Piero de Medici, Duke of Urbino, and nephew of Pope Leone X, Caterina de Medici could have only be destined for great things. Although she remained an orphan after her birth in 1519 and was placed in a convent at the age of eight; thanks to...

Day Trip from Florence: Fiesole

Fiesole is the perfect destination for a day trip from Florence, easily reached from the city center by bus or car. The city was formed in the Hellenistic age (late 4th - early 3rd century BC), and became a typical Roman city towards the second half of the 1st century....

Florence celebrates Cosimo I

This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Cosimo I de Medici (1519-1574), the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. Son of the condottiere Giovanni de 'Medici, known as Giovanni delle Bande Nere, and Maria Salviati, he became lord of Florence when he was only 17, but was...

Florentine stories: Dante's rock

At the time of Dante, Piazza del Duomo was very different from how we know it today. There was the Baptistery but there was no Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, which was built starting in 1296 on the foundations of the ancient church of Santa Reparata. Furthermore, on the...

The Biancone is shining bright again

The Fontana del Nettuno was finally inaugurated after a two-year restoration, generously funded by the Ferragamo fashion house. In 1559 Cosimo I de Medici announced a competition to design the first public fountain in Florence, which thanks to the construction of a new aqueduct would bring water to the city...

GIORNI DELLA MERLA

Once upon a time, female blackbirds were white as snow, but during one particularly harsh winter their appearance changed forever. January, was a cruel month, cold and unforgiving, especially towards the little animals that struggled to survive to see another spring. Food was scarce, and snowstorms were frequent and the...

Recipes of the tradition: Gnudi

Traditional Tuscan dishes never disappoint, always substantial, simple but tasty. They do not allow themselves to be corrupted by peculiar and refined ingredients, by embellishments and superfluous additions, they go straight to the point and above all to the taste! Gnudi are one of the many dishes of our territory...

The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio, with its high tower is one of the symbols of Florence, and the tower, which stands 95 meters high above the roofs of the city, is what marks the location of the ancient Palazzo della Signoria even from afar. The tower of Arnolfo was built at the beginning...

Simonetta Vespucci: Botticelli's muse

Those who watched the tv show Medici, were left wondering about the real story of Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, the noblewoman considered to have been the muse of Sandro Botticelli. In the episodes of the tv series we see how Simonetta and Giuliano de Medici fall in love while posing as...

Ospedale degli Innocenti

In Piazza Santissima Annunziata, the atmosphere is almost always very quiet, tourists tend to stay away from this part of the historic center, preferring the area of the nearby Academy of Fine Arts or the Duomo. It is precisely the scarce presence of people that gives this wide Florentine square...

Looking for the unnoticed: Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti is certainly the largest palace in Florence, now home to priceless treasures, once home to the lords of the city, the Medici. We all know it as the residence of the Medici family, in fact, but its name reveals its true origins. Luca Pitti, the archenemy of Cosimo...

Santa Maria Novella unveiled

The Santa Maria Novella Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Florence as well as one of the most important examples of Gothic architecture in Tuscany, and yet, it is too often neglected by tourists, drawn to more famous places of interest. Do not make this mistake. You...

A thousand years of San Miniato al Monte

The Abbey of San Miniato al Monte has just celebrated a thousand years since its foundation! The church was built in honor of St. Miniato, the first martyr of Florence. He was allegedly an Armenian prince who was passing through Florence around the year 250. After refusing to venerate the...

Inside Brunelleschi's Dome

Brunelleschi's dome, with its red tiled roof and white contrasting marble ribs, is one of the most distinctive architectures of Florence. Admired and known for its exterior appearance, it is actually an architectural masterpiece that is equally astonishing when viewed from the inside. Brunelleschi had left the interior of the...

The church with its bum in the Arno

Little known in Florence is the Church of San Jacopo Sopr'Arno, a structure of ancient origin built in Romanesque style. Dating back to the X-XI century, it gave its name to the borough that was built around it, Borgo San Jacopo, in the Florentine Oltrarno. Giovanni Villani, Florentine historian and...

Tuscan traditional dishes: Schiacciata alla Fiorentina

It is known that Tuscan cuisine is a “poor” cuisine made of simple ingredients, but very tasty nonetheless and much appreciated worldwide. The typical Tuscan dishes are inked to the rural tradition and the products that come from the countryside, most of them have a story to tell. The desserts...

Michelangelo's David

What do we know about the story of the creation of Michelangelo’s David, one of the world’s greatest masterpieces? As one could expect it all started with a piece of stone. A huge 5-meter-high block of marble stone that other artists had already attempted to sculpt before, giving up almost...

The Rificolona

Again this year, the Rificolona festival will brighten the day of September 7th for many children, who will have fun building a colorful lantern and parading it through the city streets, while the more mischievous ones will arm themselves with blowguns to try and hit the delicate paper creations. This...

ORSANMICHELE: between history and legend

THE LEGENDOnce upon a time in Florence, lived a Young man called Michele who dedicated his life to his work and to charity works he did around the neighborhood, he had such a good heart that people had started to call him “San Michele”. He owned a stable and horses...

The Russian Orthodox Curch in Florence

A short walk from piazza della Libertà, on a street named after the first Medici Pope, Leone X (famous for having excommunicated Martin Luther in 1521), stands a beautiful and unexpected architectural gem. We're talking about the Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of Christ and Saint Nicholas, know to...

The towers of Florence

With the arrival of summer it will be possible to access the Torre di San Niccolò, Torre della Zecca and Porta Romana, usually closed to the public, and now opening their doors to visitors on selected days. The Torre di San Niccolò already reopened, as usual, on the occasion of...

The lost Market

Everyone knows the Mercato Nuovo (New Market) of Florence and the famous Loggia del Porcellino, built in 1547 by Giovanni Battista Tasso. Here, just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio, in origin was held the trade of silk and precious objects, but over the years this changed. Infact, from the...

A visit at the Stibbert Museum!

The Stibbert Museum is probably one of the most eccentric museums in Florence, this may have something to do with the fact that its founder was a rather excentric man himself. Frederick Stibbert was born in 1838 in Florence from an italian mother and english father, but he was sent...

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