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Saint John's day: all you need to know!

20-06-2017

On June 24 in Florence we celebrate Saint John's Day, the patron saint of the city.
The choice of St. John the Baptist as patron was made only after the conversion of the city to Christianity, infact initially the patron saint of the city was the god Mars, his statue...

The game of Calcio Storico Fiorentino

13-06-2017

June in Florence is all about Calcio Storico (or Calcio in Costume), the main event of the summer for the florentines.
Legend has it that the game originated from the roman Harpastum, an ancient sport played by two teams who's goal was to get the ball, made of rags or...

Ytalia, contemporary art in Florence

06-06-2017

Until October the 1st, Florence transforms from cradle of reinassence to cradel of Contemporary Art hosting the exhibition “Ytalia. Energy, thoughts, beauty. It's all connected”.
The exhibition takes its name from the word "Ytalia" written at the end of 1200 by Cimabue on the margin of a painting representing almost...

THE MANUFACTORY OF BEAUTY

31-05-2017

In 1737, while the Medici dinasty died out with the last heir, Gian Gastone, the Doccia Manufactory, known today as Richard Ginori Manyfactory, was founded by the Marquis Carlo Ginori.
It's the oldest manufactory of its kind in Italy, where it's been producing for almost three centuries the most incredible...

Out of town excursion: the Medici Park of Pratolino

23-05-2017

Say you've come to Florence attracted by the immense artistic, historical and cultural heritage of the town. Say you've already visited all the museums and churches and photographed all the beautiful panoramic views the city has to offer.
Now add to all this that summer is approaching, and you feel...

The charming Casa Martelli

16-05-2017

Casa Martelli is one of those places that you'll visit and then ask yourself: "Why have I not been here sooner"?
This unique museum was created by one of the most influential families of Florence - the Martelli, bankers that rapidly rose to power, also thanks to their connection with...

The secrets of Piazza Duomo

12-05-2017

Many are the anecdotes and legends regarding the city of Florence, Piazza Duomo alone is the protagonist of several of these interesting stories. Today we'll tell about you some of them.

For example, there's the matter of the little accident involving the golden sphere on top of Brunelleschi's Dome...
First...

A visit at the Stibbert Museum!

01-05-2017

The Stibbert Museum is probably one of the most excentric museums in Florence, this may have something to do with the fact that its founder was a rather excentric man himself.
Frederick Stibbert was born in 1838 in Florence from an italian mother and english father, but he was sent...

Black on Black at Villa Bardini

24-04-2017

Linked to the absence of light, black has always been associated with shadow, with secrets and misteries, with evil and sin, with emptyness and death.
This negative notion though, is often overturned when talking about art and especially fashion, in which it has played an important role. That's why...

An island in the city: the English Cemetery of Florence

17-04-2017

Is it possible to find an oasis of peace and quiet right in the middle of the city traffic?
In Florence, you can.
If you venture outside the historical center and head for Piazza Donatello, here you will find the English Cemetery. Originally called Protestant Cemetery of Porta a Pinti,...

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