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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 charming Casa Martelli

Casa Martelli is one of those places that you'll visit and then ask yourself: "Why have I not been here sooner"? This unique museum was created by one of the most influential families of Florence - the Martelli, bankers that rapidly rose to power, also thanks to their connection with...

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,...

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...

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,...

Coffee: moka or espresso?

Coffee is consumed in large quantities all over the world, but it is a known fact that Italians are particularly fond of this drink, so much so that they have made its preparation an art. Coffee beans arrived in Italy, more precisely in Venice, from the East around 1570. Initially,...

Art Masterpieces: the Double portrait of the Dukes of Urbino

The Double Portrait of the Dukes of Urbino is one of the most famous portraits of the Renaissance, preserved today in the Uffizi Gallery. This diptych was commissioned in 1465 to Piero della Francesca, by Federico di Montefeltro, Lord of Urbino.   Represented in profile, we see the two spouses...

Recipes of the tradition: Peposo dell'Impruneta

Today we offer you a truly delicious and substantial dish of the Tuscan culinary tradition: Peposo dell'Impruneta. This recipe, originally from Impruneta, a village in the hills near Florence, is similar to a stew and takes its name from the copious amount of pepper that is used in its preparation. This...

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....

Hidden places: Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

One of the most ancient buildings in Florence is certainly the Church of Santi Apostoli. It faces Piazza del Limbo, so called because here once stood a cemetery for all those children that had died before they were baptized, who - as Dante described in the Divine Comedy - remained...

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