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We all visit the Accademia Gallery – an amazing museum – often forgetting that there’s another place in which we can admire Michelangelo’s sculptures in peace: the Medici Chapels.

Florence city centre is cosy but dense, full of churches, squares and history. Every time I stroll around my hometown I feel lucky, but I must admit I don’t know so much about my city… Sometimes you take a place for granted, just because you live there! This is the reason why I decided to [...]

Most of us are going to the Uffizi museum to see masterpieces such as The Birth of Venus and the Allegory of Spring by Botticelli. Yesterday I discovered an interesting story behind a painting I hadn’t noticed.

It’s September, but Florence is still crowded and museums are often packed. Far to be snob, I consider myself a Florentine, even if I’ve been living here only since 2013. Maybe, because I feel a local, sometimes you risk to take all this beauty for granted.. That’s why last Tuesday I visited the Accademia Gallery, [...]

The wonderful Florence Cathedral rose window has been recently restored and is finally ready to show all its astonishing beauty! This stained glazed window, an absolute masterpiece by Lorenzo Ghiberti – the great artist who cast the famous Gate of Paradise – will be displayed inside St. John’s Baptistery until the 8th of September, before to return on the Cathedral façade, [...]

Are you looking for a new perspective to take a panoramic photo of Florence? Piazzale Michelangelo is still an amazing point of view, but if you climb Arnolfo’s Tower you’ll find a 360° degree view over this amazing city, known as the cradle of Renaissance. Forte Belvedere, Santa Croce Church, the Badia Fiorentina, the Pitti Palace, [...]

The shooting of the film taken from Dan Brown‘s latest book Inferno has just finished and Florence has become the protagonist of the new work signed by the Hollywood director Ron Howard. The actor Tom Hanks could be seen walking along the Medieval streets of the old city and the major Dario Nardella who got [...]

If you are visiting Florence, there’s a place which is very well worth a visit: the Spedale degli Innocenti, an historical building located in Piazza Ss. Annunziata. Originally a children’s orphanage, the building was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th century and it is probably the most ancient example of Renaissance architecture existing. The [...]

Did you know that the most remarkable collection of Renaissance sculptures and works of art, some of which by Michelangelo and Donatello, is hosted in a wonderful building which once was a prison?? That building is the Bargello and you really have to visit it!

If you are travelling to Florence and you are a “Fashion Victim”, probably there’s a word that you should keep in mind, even more than “Grazie” or : that word is..OUTLET! In the last few years many of this particular shops have grown everywhere and Florence is the ideal location if you are looking for [...]

On April 23 was opened the first floor of the Central Market in San Lorenzo, restored after many years of closure. The market is located in the central area of Florence and is located just few steps away from the Medici Chapels.

The City Council of Florence promotes the exhibition which compares Jackson Pollock and Michelangelo. Inaugurated on the 15th of April, it will last until July 27 and will take place between both Palazzo Vecchio and the old Courthouse of Florence in Piazza San Firenze, in Florence. Sixteen Pollock’s paintings are be exposed in Palazzo Vecchio near [...]

There are many places to visit in Florence, particularly in the beautiful centro storico, where you can witness some of the most famous and most beautiful artwork and sculpture in the world. However, the stunning countryside surrounding this Renaissance city is also worth a look, so on your next trip to Florence, why not combine [...]

Tuscany is well-known for its beautiful monuments and churches. There are many attractions in Florence and Pisa that draw thousands of visitors each year, including the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, visitors are also keen to visit a couple of very famous doors in Tuscany too! As well as the Leaning Tower, which [...]

The beautiful city of Florence is not only known for its incredible architecture and priceless works of art, but also for its flowers! There are many beautiful gardens in Florence, which are simply packed with gorgeous flower varieties, lush fountains and numerous statues. So why not let yourself be dragged away from the hustle and [...]

Siena Cathedral, or the ‘Duomo di Siena’ is one of the most impressive buildings in this beautiful Tuscan city, and a Siena excursion is not complete without paying it a visit. Completed between 1215 and 1263, it has one of the most fascinating facades in all of Italy, as well as incredible examples of Renaissance [...]

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