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Medici Chapels: The New Sacristy

The Medici Chapels of Florence are one of the most famous and fascinating complexes in the city. Built by Michelangelo and Buontalenti between the 16th and 17th centuries, the chapels are the mausoleum of the Medici family and include the Chapel of the Princes and the New Sacristy (so called...

Medici Chapels: the Chapel of the Princes

The Medici Chapels complex is part of the Basilica of San Lorenzo and includes the New Sacristy designed by Michelangelo in 1519, and the grandiose Chapel of the Princes built in the seventeenth century. Hard to decide which space is the most beautiful, the first emblem of formal purity, the...

Beyond the Renaissance in Florence - Villa Bayon on the San Gaggio hill

Along the old provincial road to Siena, at the top of the San Gaggio hill, there is a beautiful residential area, a network of narrow streets that lead to villas in the countryside. All very elegant but one is different from the others: Villa Bayon. Commissioned in 1963 by the...

Bernini's portrait of Costanza Boarelli as a symbol of the violence against women in the photographic exhibition at the Uffizi: Pain is not a priviledge

Everyone knows Gian Lorenzo Bernini as the greatest exponent of Baroque sculpture, author of works of incredible beauty. Certainly a man of great passion, an emotion that he skilfully transmitted through his art. But few know about his darker side, and how this great passion of his led him to...

Autumn recipes: Necci, the cousins of Castagnaccio

Autumn is the time for chestnuts, and Tuscan cuisine is full of dishes based on this highly nutritious ingredient, once an important source of sustenance for the poorest populations and especially for those who lived in the countryside. Among the traditional Tuscan recipes that use chestnuts, the one best known...

Street Art in Florence - Stay tuned!

From the Cure underpass, we see another work that we could call Stay Tuned! A snake-king with a crown suddenly emerges from the wall and throws himself at an apparently unsuspecting mouse.   The burning eyes are the signature of the author, Ninjaz, very active in Florence, part of the...

The gardens of Florence - Villa Favard in Rovezzano

Eastern suburbs of Florence, in Rovezzano, a public park with a large villa in the center, Villa Favard (not to be confused with the homonymous villa in via Curtatone, home of the Polimoda Fashion School).   The history of this place begins at the end of 1200, in a Florence...

November is the cruelest month: the flood of 1966

November seems to be historically one of the rainiest and deadliest months of the year in Florence, as past events remind us. To be precise, November 4th appears to be a very unfortunate date. Every year, if it’s been raining heavily in the days before this date, we start thinking...

The story of Ginevra degli Almieri

Florence is full of mysteries and there is no shortage among them of stories about ghosts, witches and devils. Here is an unbelievable story, perhaps the most famous one, and what makes it so disturbing is that it is actually a true story, although several versions exist today. It is...

Street Art in Florence - A self-portrait

This fun work from the Cure Underpass seems to be a self-portrait. The pencil brandished nervously and the tongue tightened between the lips, like when one busy doing something that requires precision and attention and tenses up, just like this writer at work drawing. The mural is very large, the...

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