Michelangelo’s Crucifix in the Holy Spirit Church (Santo Spirito)

A very unusual Michelangelo in the Holy Spirit church.

According to Vasari : “He made a wooden crucifix for the church of Santo Spirito, placed on top of the high altar.”

Everyone in Florence knows that the Basilica of Santo Spirito (the Holy Spirit), in the Oltrarno quarter, was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi (like the Dome). Maybe not everyone knows that the young Michelangelo improved its artistic education in this monastery.
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Cenacles compared: a tour in Florence to be done on… Tuesdays

Would you like to discover the true story of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper?

You could say: “it’s in Milan, in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Which is the link with Florence?” The question is definitely correct, but the answer is that Leonardo, in order to realize it, took inspiration from some decorations he observed in some refectories of Florence and that we propose you to visit.
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3 things (plus one) to do in Florence in September

If you are planning to visit Florence in September you are doing it right. September is a great month to visit the city, after the summer tourists crowds and out of the heat of July and August.
Also, there are some very interesting things you could do if you want to add something different to the traditional visits to the Uffizi and the Accademia.
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The treasure of Orsanmichele, to visit on Mondays

Orsanmichele is one of the extraordinary buildings of Florence: it hosts a church on the ground floor and a museum on the first.

The statues, that are placed inside the alcoves surrounding the church, have been realized by the most important artists of the Renaissance (Donatello, Ghiberti, Giambologna), in order to give authority and honor to the powerful corporations of the Florentine republic.

The access to the church is always allowed, but the museum is open just on Monday, from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM. Why it’s worth visiting it? Because it contains a treasure!

Climbing up the spiral staircase you come to a large and beautiful room, where you can admire the wonderful architectural elements and the real statues. The ones outside are just copies and just one day a week it’s possible to admire the original ones, which are jealously stored in the museum.

If you come to Florence, remember: Monday, Orsanmichele Museum… also because the entrance is free of charge!

Travel tips

To reach the church of Orsanmichele is quite simple. The church is located in one of the main streets of Florence, Via de ‘Calzaiuoli, home to some of the most famous shops of the city, the road that links Piazza Duomo to Piazza della Signoria.

Florence with kids, a tour dedicated to them

Florence has so many museums to visit that is impossible to get bored. But if you are a kid you could have a different opinion.

The Uffizi Gallery, the Academy Gallery, the Bargello Museum are among the treasures of the city and they offer the best of the Italian Renaissance. To visit them is an amazing experience and the beauty of the masterpieces they contain will give you unforgettable emotions. But it’s true that they can be very hard to visit for a kid, too difficult to be appreciated.
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To eat vegetarian in Florence? Yes you can.

Do you think that to eat vegetarian in Florence is almost impossible? You are wrong. Ok, Florence is famous all over the world for its recipes and products made with meat, but since several years it’s also possibile to find high quality vegetarian restaurants or to order vegetarian dishes in non-specialised restaurants.
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750 years since Dante’s birth. A tour on his traces.

This year is the 750th anniversary of Dante’s death and the city of Florence is celebrating it with many events.

If you visit Florence in 2015 you’ll probably have the opportunity to take part to one of these events, but if you are not planning to come to Florence soon and you want to visti the places in town which are linked to the personal life of Dante you could follow this 5-step tour:
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The Medici Dynasty Show, a drama about the Medici family

Can culture and entertainment coexist?

We are tourists guide and we like to think that our tours are not just an opprtunity for a personal cultural enrichment but also an entertaining and emotional experience. Thank goodness the feedbacks we receive are encouraging!

Probably the creators of The Medici Dinasty Show think the same: their show is in fact a multimedia drama about the history of the Medici family that will be on stage starting today April 29 at the San Giovannino dei Padri Scolopi Library (piazza di San Lorenzo, 6), in the heart of the Medici’s district, San Lorenzo.
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The Giardino dei Semplici, Florence botanical garden, opens again to the public

For those of you who do not know it the Giardino dei Semplici, or Garden of Simples, is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.

It was established by Cosimo I de’ Medici about in the mid-sixteenth century and meant to be a garden for the study of plants, useful to aspiring doctors (the word “semplici” was used for the plants with therapeutic properties), and during the centuries it changed its design more than once, but it has preserved its scientific value. Continue reading

Primavera by Botticelli, an enigmatic masterpiece

Primavera, or Spring, is one of the masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance, and it is on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

It was painted by one of the greatest artist of that period, Sandro Botticelli, for the Medici family, who commissioned it. It’s a huge painting, more than three meters wide and two meters high. It’s one of the first artwork which represents the “renaissance” of the aesthetic ideals that were central to classical culture, but its real charm lies in the halo of mystery that still surrounds it. Continue reading

3 places (+ 1) where to enjoy chocolate in Florence

Last week piazza Santa Maria Novella hosted the Handamade Chocolate Festival, an event where greedy people can taste different kinds of chocolate, prepared through original and creative variations.

We could not miss it and we did not. Our intention was to fully satisfy our chocolate craving, but the result was just the opposite… and as we cannot wait untill next year to indulge in chocolate and delight our senses we thought to the places where you can enjoy the best products in Florence.
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When Florence became the capital of Italy, 150 years ago

As many of you probably know Rome was not the first capital city of Italy, and even not the second. When the Reign of Italy was formed, in 1861, the first city to be proclamed capital was Turin (the birth town of the Savoy royal family). Then, after 5 years, the governants decided to move the central political power from Turin (that was to close to the French boundary) to Florence. Continue reading

The Bardini Museum. The wonderful showroom of Florence

Don’t know the Bardini Museum in Florence? You’re not alone! One of the lesser known museums in Florence, it is often overshadowed by larger neighboring monuments but it is still well worth visiting. Located in the Oltrano quarter, close to the bridge Ponte alle Grazie, it’s now open to the public after several years of restoration works. Continue reading