The restoration of Giuseppe Poggi's Ramps


In the second half of the Nineteenth Century, after Florence had become the capital of Italy, the city changed its appearence due to the work of architect Giuseppe Poggi, in charge of the so-called urban Restoration. The city walls were demolished, the viali (avenues) were created inspired by Parisians boulevards,...

Florence and the instruments that mark the time


A good observer will discover that in Florence there are several astronomical instruments scattered around the city, not only great breeding ground for artists but also for scientists and scholars.
IN ancient times, to kow the time was uses the sundial, a measurement tool based on the detection of...

The treasures of the Cassa di Risparmio of Florence Collection


Once again the art collection of the CR Firenze Foundation reopens to the public. A collection of hidden treasures that can be visited free of charge, by reservation only on weekends until December 2019. Not an exhibition, but an exclusive visit to the Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence head...

April 26, 1478: the Pazzi conspiracy


The members of the Medici family were as much loved by the people as they were hated by the rival families who aimed to take their place in power. Among these we find the Pazzi, also bankers, who harbored a visceral hatred for Lorenzo the Magnificent and Giuliano, his brother....

Recipes of the tradition: Florentine Quaresimali biscuits


In the period of Lent, that is from Ash Wednesday until Holy Thursday, in all Florentine pastry shops we find Quaresimali biscuits. Typical cocoa biscuits connected to the period of abstinence from animal-derived foods imposed by the Christian tradition, in respect of the days of fasting that Jesus observed in...

Santo Stefano al Ponte, a hidden church in Florence


One of the most well-hidden churches in all of Florence is probably Santo Stefano al Ponte. However, the name suggests where we can find it: in the small Piazza Santo Stefano, near Ponte Vecchio.

Founded before 1116, the year in which the first documentations mention it, the church of...

Florentine stories: Dante's rock


At the time of Dante, Piazza del Duomo was very different from how we know it today.
There was the Baptistery but there was no Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, which was built starting in 1296 on the foundations of the ancient church of Santa Reparata. Furthermore, on...

The Biancone is shining bright again


The Fontana del Nettuno was finally inaugurated after a two-year restoration, generously funded by the Ferragamo fashion house.

In 1559 Cosimo I de Medici announced a competition to design the first public fountain in Florence, which thanks to the construction of a new aqueduct would bring water to the...

What I saw on the road - Kiki Smith in Florence


Drawings, sculptures and highly refined jacquard cotton tapestries constitute Kiki Smith's exhibition at Palazzo Pitti.
The German artist, whose work has always been animated by a strong feminism and social commitment, now reflects on the universe, on female and animal nature, in a series of works that have a...

Verrocchio, Mater of Leonardo arrives at Palazzo Strozzi


Palazzo Strozzi is hosting a new exhibition from March 9th to July 14th, this time we strand from contemporary art for a while and go back to Renaissance times: 'Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo' celebrates Andrea del Verrocchio, in the first retrospective ever devoted to the Florentine artist.
This means...

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