On the 18th of February Florence celebrates a very special woman, the one to whom we owe the salvaging of our art heritage: Anna Maria Luisa dei Medici, also known as the Electress Palatine.
Anna Maria was the daughter of Cosimo III and Margherita Luisa d'Orleans. Theirs was a...
Quant’è bella giovinezza,
che si fugge tuttavia!
chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.
"How beautiful is youth, / though quickly it does flee! / be happy if you want to: / for tomorrow may not come"
This is what Lorenzo il Magnifico wrote in the opening...
The skyline of Florence is very a distinctive one, easily recognized by anybody in the world. The huge Brunelleschi’s Dome stands out among the terracotta red roofs, along with by Giotto’s bell tower, the tower of Palazzo Vecchio and on the Arno river, Ponte Vecchio’s famous silhouette.
Last week San Zanobi (Saint Zenobius) was celebrated in Florence, so you might have seen a garland of flowers at the base of the column in Piazza Duomo - if you ever even noticed the column in the first place. Many people, including Florentines, pass by it every day not...
It is known that Tuscan cuisine is a “poor” cuisine made of simple ingredients, but very tasty nonetheless and much appreciated worldwide. The typical Tuscan dishes are inked to the rural tradition and the products that come from the countryside, most of them have a story to tell.
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...