The church with its bum in the Arno


Little known in Florence is the Church of San Jacopo Sopr'Arno, a structure of ancient origin built in Romanesque style. Dating back to the X-XI century, it gave its name to the borough that was built around it, Borgo San Jacopo, in the Florentine Oltrarno.
Giovanni Villani, Florentine historian...

Anna Maria Luisa de Medici's legacy


On the 18th of February Florence celebrates a very special woman, the one to whom we owe the salvaging of our art heritage: Anna Maria Luisa dei Medici, also known as the Electress Palatine.
Anna Maria was the daughter of Cosimo III and Margherita Luisa d'Orleans. Theirs was a...

Chi vuol esser lieto sia! Lorenzo il Magnifico's Carnival


Quant’è bella giovinezza,
che si fugge tuttavia!
chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

"How beautiful is youth, / though quickly it does flee! / be happy if you want to: / for tomorrow may not come"
This is what Lorenzo il Magnifico wrote in the opening...

The great Synagogue of Florence


The skyline of Florence is very a distinctive one, easily recognized by anybody in the world. The huge Brunelleschi’s Dome stands out among the terracotta red roofs, along with by Giotto’s bell tower, the tower of Palazzo Vecchio and on the Arno river, Ponte Vecchio’s famous silhouette.
From the...

The column of san Zanobi


Last week San Zanobi (Saint Zenobius) was celebrated in Florence, so you might have seen a garland of flowers at the base of the column in Piazza Duomo - if you ever even noticed the column in the first place. Many people, including Florentines, pass by it every day not...

Tuscan traditional dishes: Schiacciata alla Fiorentina


It is known that Tuscan cuisine is a “poor” cuisine made of simple ingredients, but very tasty nonetheless and much appreciated worldwide. The typical Tuscan dishes are inked to the rural tradition and the products that come from the countryside, most of them have a story to tell.




Last week the Gucci Museum opened the doors of its freshly redesigned spaces; not merely a museum anymore, it is now called Gucci Garden, Alessandro Michele’s new eclectic creation.
Situated in the 14th-century Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence, Gucci Garden is a bazar-like museum where you can find a...

Textiles and riches in 14th-century Florence. Wool, silk and painting.


In the XIV century, especially after the Black Plague of 1348, a rediscovered desire for life and consequently for luxury and splendor began to spread throughout Europe. In this period fashion as we know it today is born, and the quality of Florentine textiles reached a level of excellence as...

The Italian tradition of the Nativity scene


A Christmas tradition that has Italian roots is that of the Nativity scene ("Presepe" in Italian), a display of objects and figures representing the birth of Jesus. The term “presepe” derives from the Latin “praesaepe,” meaning manger, trough, or an enclosed area for sheep and goats.
The baby Jesus,...

F-light the light festival of Florence


Since December 2011, during the Christmas period light games illuminate and color the façades of the historical buildings of Florence. It’s the F-Light Florence Light Festival, that inaugurated every year with the lighting of the great Christmas tree on 8 December in Piazza Duomo and spread out in more than...

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