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Animalia at Palazzo Pitti

11-01-2019

photo credit: © Antonio Quattrone

At Palazzo Pitti, fashion and zoology merge beyond the simple animalier, creating an imaginative and unusual natural history museum.
Almost 100 pieces of haute couture made between 2000 and 2018, compose the exhibition itinerary of Animalia, inaugurated on January 8 and open until May...

Recipes of the tradition: Gnudi

23-12-2018

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...

Leonardo and the Codex Leicester at the Uffizi

14-12-2018

The Leonardo Da Vinci painter of the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and many other paint masterpieces is very well known. Not the same can be said for the Leonardo da Vinci inventor.
Leonardo was a particularly intelligent man, with an unusual thirst for knowledge fueled by a great...

The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio

08-12-2018

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...

Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive exhibition

02-12-2018

You might have heard, a couple of weeks ago, the great crackling of fireworks that deafened Florence for 5 minutes. It was the spectacular performance of the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, on the occasion of the inauguration of his new exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery.
Flora Commedia was born...

Girolamo Savonarola: a herethic in Florence

25-11-2018

Florence is a place full of history and stories, and sometimes, without even realizing it, we can 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...

Simonetta Vespucci: Botticelli's muse

17-11-2018

Now that also the second season of the tv show Medici is over, we are 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...

The Tuscan “pane sciocco”

10-11-2018

We can all agree that Italian bread is what dreams are made of; for us a good meal is not the same without it.
But did you know that Tuscan bread is very different from the other Italian breads? Alas, for once, we’re missing something the rest of Italy...

November is the cruelest month: the flood of 1966

04-11-2018

The strong winds and rainstorms that have been hitting Italy these last few weeks are pretty scary to us, since we are not used to such extreme weather conditions, and as a result we are not prepared to face them. There have been grave damages to the cities all over...

The ghost of Baldaccio d'Anghiari

27-10-2018

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. But the story we want to tell you today is about one of the most...

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