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 bit...

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, Mary...

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...

The Laurentian Library


Built in a cloister of the Basilica of San Lorenzo there is one of Florence’s invaluable treasures: The Medici Laurentian Library. The complex was designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1519 for the cardinal Giulio de Medici, who later became Pope Clement VII. Michelangelo supervised the works in person until 1534,...

Jean de Boulogne: a Flemish in Florence


Trades between Florence and the Flanders began in the 15th century. Many Florentine families commissioned works to Flemish that once arrived here in Florence, greatly influenced local artists. In addition to the works, many artists from Flanders also arrved, many of whom were involved in the Medicean Tapestry Manufactory founded...

Michelangelo's David


What do we know about the story of the creation of Michelangelo’s David, one of the world’s greatest masterpieces? As one could expect it all started with a piece of stone. A huge 5-meter-high block of marble stone that other artists had already attempted to sculpt before, giving up almost...

Keith Haring, Paolo Buggiani and the origin of Street Art


The Street Art has arrived to Florence. The exhibition currently on view at Palazzo Medici Riccardi “MADE IN NEW YORK. KEITH HARING, Paolo Buggiani and co. The true origin of Street Art” will remain open until February the 6th showing how this contemporary form of art, thanks to its immediacy,...

The Japanese Renaissance at the Uffizi


“The Japanese Renaissance. Nature in painted screens from the XV to the XVII centuriey” the exhibition dedicated to Japanese art that inaugurated at the Uffizi on the 3rd of October will go on until January the 7th. The display consists of folding screens and sliding doors, coming from temples and...

The story of Ginevra degli Almieri


To celebrate Halloween, today we will tell you a nightmarish story, that will have you biting your nails with dread. It is a real story although different versions exist, and it takes place in the medieval Florence in the year 1396. You have to picture the city back in those...