Category Archives: Florence

Happy Birthday Venice, Happy New Year Florence – 25th March

Although no records exist documenting the actual founding of the beautiful city of Venice, tradition pinpoints the moment to exactly 12 noon on March 25th, 421 AD. Or to put it another way, the moment that the first church of … Continue reading

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Famous Italians born today – Amerigo Vespucci, born March 9th 1454

If Amerigo Vespucci isn’t a name that you’re particularly familiar with, let me enlighten you with 12 fascinating facts about the man who gave his name to, not just one, but two continents! Vespucci was an explorer in the early … Continue reading

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Italian Art 101 – The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna

Carved from a single block of imperfect marble, the torturously twisting Rape of the Sabine Women in Florence’s Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza della Signoria, is one of the finest and most technically difficult sculptures in the world. Three intertwined bodies, … Continue reading

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Freaky summer weather in Italy

First came the summer rain that washed out countless family holidays, outdoor concerts and cost the tourism industry millions of Euros of lost business. Then came the thunderstorms that sank a dozen boats in the Venetian lagoon. And drenched over 5,000 … Continue reading

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Tuscan Rose book review

As the nights lengthen and winter closes in, few things beat curling up with a good book. Preferably one that transports you either in time, place or emotion. Or, if you’re lucky, all three. Tuscan Rose by Belinda Alexandra does … Continue reading

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The Florentine Alchemist

Florence is famous for a lot of things. Michelangelo’s Davide. The Uffizi Museum. The Ponte Vecchio. But one of my favourite spots is tucked away down a little back street near Piazza Della Signoria. The place in question is a stationers, … Continue reading

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