Inside Brunelleschi's Dome


Brunelleschi's dome, with its red tiled roof and white contrasting marble ribs, is one of the most distinctive architectures of Florence. Admired and known for its exterior appearance, it is actually an architectural masterpiece that is equally astonishing when viewed from the inside. Brunelleschi had left the interior of the...

Dawn of a Nation at Palazzo Strozzi


Last week at Palazzo Strozzi opened another great temporary show, Dawn of a Nation – from Guttuso to Fontana and Schifano. The exhibition curated by Luca Massimo Barbero gives us an insight on Italy after World War II. Eighty works by Italian masters such as Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Alberto...

What is the so alled Florence Syndrome?


Finding yourself in front of Florence’s breathtaking masterpieces such as the David of Michelangelo or Botticelli’s Primavera or even stepping inside the stunning Chapel of the Princes in San Lorenzo, can cause some serious dizziness. But what if what you felt was more than simple dizziness and excitement? What if...

MAF - Florence’s Museum of Archaeology


As of March 1, 2018, the Uffizi ticket allows free entry into Florence’s Museum of Archaeology (MAF), so now is your chance to go pay a visit to its wonderful collection of ancient manufacts. The museum, located in piazza Santissima Annunziata, inaugurated in 1870 in the buildings of the Cenacolo...

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 and...

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 very...

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 panoramic...

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. The desserts...

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