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...

Recipes of the tradition: Schiacciata con l'uva


Tuscany is beautiful this time of the year, the summer heat has finally been replaced by cool, mostly sunny days; the leaves slowly start to change color; the city is not so busy anymore and the warm, hearthy dishes tipycal of Tuscan cousine are back on the tables. Furthermore, the...

The Cleaner - Marina Abramovic at Palazzo Strozzi


The highly anticipated Marina Abramovic – The Cleaner exhibition inauguarted today at Palazzo Strozzi and will be open to visitors until January 20th.
There are several reasons because this is an event that you should not miss.
For starters, it is not only the first big retrospective dedicated...

Recipes of the tradition: Torta della Nonna


We must admit that Tuscan cuisine is not renowned for its desserts, but the few that are part of the tradition are really special and delicious. One of them is the famous Torta della Nonna (Grandma’s Cake), everpresent on the tables of the Florentines.
With a name such as...

Looking for the unnoticed: Palazzo Pitti


Palazzo Pitti is certainly the largest palace in Florence, now home to priceless treasures, once home to the lords of the city, the Medici. We all know it as the residence of the Medici family, in fact, but its name reveals its true origins.
Luca Pitti, the archenemy of...

The pyramid of the Cascine Park


Between a dive in the Pavoniere swimming pool and a stroll at the Cascine Park, a very peculiar structure might have caught your eye, looking quite out of place along the avenue: a pyramid. That’s right.
What on earth is a pyramid doing in Florence, you may ask. Well,...

August: Chiuso per Ferie


Being on visit in Florence in August has its downsides. You will find yourselves walking the almost deserted city streets looking for a bar, restaurant or grocery shop that does not show the sign "chiuso per ferie" (closed for the holidays).
That’s because most of the Florentines - the...

The fountains of Florence


Summer in Florence is unforgiving, and this year we are having a particularly nasty one. You will need to drink lots of water to keep hydrated while visiting the city, especially in order to survive the long lines outside the museums under the scorching sun! You don’t have to worry...

A trip out of town: Tarot Garden


Florence is beautiful and you should dedicate to its museums and attractions as much of your time as possible when you come in visit; but so is the rest of Tuscany. You can find so many wonderful little cities scattered among our hills, so if you’ve been staying in Florence...

Tuscan summer recipes: Panzanella


Eating well in the summer can be difficult when the heat makes you want to give up cooking on the stove, but there is a traditional Tuscan dish that will solve this problem and will also stimulate the most refined palates, despite its simplicity: it’s Panzanella!

A fresh and...

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