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April 26, 1478: the Pazzi conspiracy

26-04-2019

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....

Recipes of the tradition: Florentine Quaresimali biscuits

19-04-2019

In the period of Lent, that is from Ash Wednesday until Holy Thursday, in all Florentine pastry shops we find Quaresimali 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 fasting that Jesus observed in...

Santo Stefano al Ponte, a hidden church in Florence

12-04-2019

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...

Florentine stories: Dante's rock

05-04-2019

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

30-03-2019

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...

What I saw on the road - Kiki Smith in Florence

23-03-2019

Drawings, sculptures and highly refined jacquard cotton tapestries constitute Kiki Smith's exhibition at Palazzo Pitti. The German artist, whose work has always been animated by a strong feminism and social commitment, now reflects on the universe, on female and animal nature, in a series of works that have a dreamlike...

Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo arrives at Palazzo Strozzi

15-03-2019

Palazzo Strozzi is hosting a new exhibition from March 9th to July 14th, this time we strand from contemporary art for a while and go back to Renaissance times: 'Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo' celebrates Andrea del Verrocchio, in the first retrospective ever devoted to the Florentine artist. This means that...

Female Perspectives at Palazzo Pitti

09-03-2019

'Female Perspectives. Women of Talent and Commitment' is the new exhibition open from March 7 to May 26 at Palazzo Pitti, to celebrate Women's Day, which tells the thousand facets of the female universe between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibition moves the steps from the National Unity, a...

Antony Gormley is back: ESSERE at the Uffizi Gallery

02-03-2019

If you happen to walk by Piazza della Signoria these days and in looking up you see a man on the Uffizi terrace, above the Loggia dei Lanzi: do not panic. It is not someone on the verge of suicide, it is only a sculpture by Antony Gormley, part of...

Carnevale desserts: Cenci

22-02-2019

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

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