A guide to the swimming pools in Florence


August can be a cruel month 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 Tuscan capitol. This is usually the time for vacations here in Italy and if you are unable to go...

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...

Llewelyn Lloyd and the colors of Tuscany


Surprising as it may seem given his Welsh name, the british-italian painter Llewelyn Lloyd was actually born in Livorno. He is the sole protagonist of the new exhibition at Villa Bardini, the perfect venue for his luminous and colorful paintings, that gathers together 62 works focused on his depiction of...

Glen Brown: Piaceri Sconosciuti


Florence has finally accepted and welcomed with open arms contemporary art and the recent exhibitions are proof of it. Just like "Piaceri Sconosciuti" (Unknown Pleasures) by contemporary artst Glen Brown, that opened last week at the Bardini Museum. The famous British artist, in the past has held exhibitions in London,...

Back to 1927 with Salvatore Ferragamo


To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Salvatore Ferragamo’s return to Italy from America, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum has put on another great exhibition, that merges fashion and art to transport us back to the 1927 Florence. Carlo Sisi curated the exhibition that opened in May, entitled “1927 - The Return...

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...

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


On June 24 in Florence we celebrate 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...

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 or...

Ytalia, contemporary art in Florence


Until October the 1st, Florence transforms from cradle of reinassence to cradel of Contemporary Art hosting the exhibition “Ytalia. Energy, thoughts, beauty. It's all connected”. The exhibition takes its name from the word "Ytalia" written at the end of 1200 by Cimabue on the margin of a painting representing almost...

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