The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio


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 beginning...

Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive exhibition


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 from...

Girolamo Savonarola: a herethic in Florence


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 of...

Simonetta Vespucci: Botticelli's muse


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”


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 isn’t:...

November is the cruelest month: the flood of 1966


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


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...

Bansky in Florence


We don't know much about the real identity of the artist whose exibition inaugurated yesterday at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, except that he started his activity as a street artist in Bristol around 1990 and he goes under the name of Bansky. Rings a bell? Someone has speculated he is actually...

Ospedale degli Innocenti


In Piazza Santissima Annunziata, the atmosphere is almost always very quiet, tourists tend to stay away from this part of the historic center, preferring the area of the nearby Academy of Fine Arts or the Duomo. It is precisely the scarce presence of people that gives this wide Florentine square...

The troubled past of Ponte Vecchio


Not much is known about the origin one of the most famous in Italy and oldest bridge in Florence: Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”). It was rebuilt several times during its long history, but we don’t know exactly when it was built, only that the Romans at some point decided to...