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Santo Stefano al Ponte: a hidden church in Florence

One of the most well-hidden churches in all of Florence is probably Santo Stefano al Ponte. However, the name suggests where we can find it: in the small Piazza Santo Stefano, near Ponte Vecchio. Founded before 1116, the year in which the first documentations mention it, the church of Santo...

Murals from another era: a fresco in Piazza della Calza

We are in Porta Romana, south of Florence, where the fourteenth-century walls are still standing, surviving the urban restructuring by Giuseppe Poggi in 1865. After the monumental door, a small square opens up, called Piazza della Calza. The name derives from the church and the convent that overlook the square....

Street Art in Florence - A misterious collaboration

This time it is difficult to guess the meaning of this work. Against a starry sky and galactic clouds, the composition seems to develop from right to left with three figures. The first is an alien, clearly the owner of the flying saucer from which a strange character with big...

A reflection on the origin of modern fashion

How we dress, how we style our hair, how we decorate our body, is nowadays a personal choice, but in the past, there were rules to follow and it was not possible to appear in public dressed in improperly. Moreover, for the common people dressing nicely was not a necessity,...

Street Art in Florence - Alien flower and mad dog

Another work from the Cure underpass - one of the main Florentine galleries of creative "vandalization" - caught our attention: signed by Skino, its title is "Alien flower and mad dog". The flower seems to influence the dog with its waves of “alien energy, making him crazy, almost as if...

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...

Excursions out of Florence - Le Cave di Maiano

Monte Ceceri is a hill between Fiesole and Settignano north of the city. A protected natural area, very popular with Florentines for walks and picnics, and for climbing. It is said that the name of the place derives from the nickname given by the Florentines to swans, once present in...

Street Art in Florence - When graffiti meets Street Art

Street Art also includes graffiti or writing, that is, the signatures that street artists invent with the utmost chromatic and graphic creativity and try to place in as many places as possible. On the walls, on the train sides, on the bridges pillars, etc. A desire or need to be...

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...

Curious Florence: Red or black numbers?

It may happen that looking for the address of a shop becomes confusing for those coming from outside Florence, because in the Tuscan capital a differentiation is made between the house numbers, written in black, and those of commercial activities, marked with red numbers. The origins The civic numbering in...

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