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Florence Fortezza da Basso

The Fortezza da Basso, or fortress of San Giovanni Battista, today the main Florentine exhibition venue, has a long history, which began after the experience of the siege of 1529. At the time, Duke Alessandro de’ Medici commissioned to the artists and architects Pier Francesco da Viterbo and Antonio da...

Florence curiosities: the upside down balcony

Florence is well-stocked with oddities, just look around while walking down the street to catch some of them. One of these, which strikes the eye of the most attentive ones, is the balcony located in Borgo Ognissanti, at number 12. It certainly stands out: all the architectural elements that compose...

Recipes of the tradition: Panforte

One of the most typical desserts made in Tuscany - in Siena to be exact - is panforte. A spicy and sweet cake that is consumed during the Christmas period along with the well-known panettone. This dessert has very ancient origins, it is the direct descendant of the pan melato,...

The doors of the Baptistery of Florence restored, brought together at last

Finally, after 30 years of restoration, the 3 monumental doors of the Baptistery of Saint John have been brought together on display at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. The first restoration work on the portals, carried out by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, began in 1990 with the removal of...

Inside Magritte's mysterious world

After Klimt, Monet, Van Gogh and Leonardo, it is René Magritte's turn to invade the baroque spaces of the church of Santo Stefano al Ponte. The multimedia exhibition dedicated to the Belgian artist, master of surrealism, will last until March 1st: Inside Magritte, conceived by Crossmedia Group and Hepco, directed by The...

The Last Supper by Plautilla Nelli: a female painter in the Renaissance

One of the greatest works of art created by a woman in the Renaissance has recently been restored: the last Supper by Sister Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588), painted in the mid-16th century. A four-years restoration, funded through a crowdfunding campaign by AWA (Advancing Women Artists Foundation) and carried out by Rossella...

VISIO. Moving Images After Post-Internet on display at the Strozzina

VISIO. Moving Images After Post-Internet, will be on display at the Strozzina of Palazzo Strozzi.only until December 1st . The exhibition brings together and promotes the works of 12 young artists, all under 35, who participated in the VIII edition of VISIO. European Program on Artists ’Moving Images, a project promoted...

Enigma Pinocchio at Villa Bardini

The protagonist of one of the most read books in the world becomes the protagonist of an exhibition at Villa Bardini titled Enigma Pinocchio. From Giacometti to LaChapelle, open until March 22nd. Pinocchio, character born from the pen of Carlo Lorenzini, continues to fascinate us in his topicality, and has...

Ribollita: a symbol of Tuscan cusine

Ribollita, along with with the steak, is a symbol of Tuscan cuisine. A thick and nutritious soup characterized by simple flavors and healthy ingredients, perfect for cold winter days. Already in the Middle Ages, it was the custom for the poorest families to prepare a vegetable-based soup on Fridays, since...

Florentine tortures

    An inhuman method that most of the time stole false confessions from the dying convicts. Ironically, confessions or admissions of guilt under torture were not accepted. In fact, when the persons subjected to torture declared that they wanted to speak, the torture was suspended and they were left...

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