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Best Time to Visit Florence Italy

But in the high summer season Florence can become utterly over-run with tourists, which can make the experience slightly less than comfortable! Best time of year to visit Florence, Italy Probably the best time for you to pay a visit … Read More

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The Uffizi Gallery

The Collections Most of the collections were handed over by the Medici to the state of Tuscany to be part of the tourist attraction for the gallery. While the Uffizi gallery has works of art from many centuries most of … Read More

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Dante Alighieri

The early years He was born in 1265 to a politically active Florentine family, a background that informed some of the scenes in the Inferno. His mom passed on in his infancy and when he reached 12 it was agreed that … Read More

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The Florence baptistery

Historical Origins Its origin has always been a subject of speculation though the main idea is that the baptistery was designed atop a Roman ruin consecrated to the planet Mars in the 5th century. Its first recording and description comes … Read More

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Michelangelo’s David

The history of  ‘il David’ di Michelangielo Upon its completion Michelangelo’s contemporary, the great architect Giorgio Vasari went on to issue a very poetic description of it. When you are not far from the academia gallery you can get a … Read More

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The Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Things you might like to know about Ponte Vecchio This arch-bridge houses shops along its stretch most of which were designed into the original structure in the 13th century. The stall structures have always been dominated by one trade at … Read More

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Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence

Architectural history of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence The exterior is enmeshed in a 1860s polychrome marble-like façade designed by the English heir Sir Francis Sloane. The main Santa Croce structure towers towards Piazza Santa Croce which plays … Read More

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Loggia dei Lanzi Firenze

The arches onto which the clustered pillars were of such appeal to local Florentines at the time of their unveiling, that Michelangelo proposed that they could encircle the entirety of the Piazza della Signoria. The Medici family over-ruled this idea … Read More

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The Duomo of Florence

The main structure began under the command of the architect Arnolfo Cambio, the famous cupola dome that makes up the main feature of the outer face was designed in the 1500s. This structure is in line with the plans made … Read More

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Things to see in Florence Italy

The plan was to make this article a ‘Top five things to see in Florence Italy‘ but I failed simply because I got carried away, and could not un-convince myself that the next photo was not as important as the … Read More

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Safety travel tips when visiting Florence

In this article I cover some basic points for travel safety when visiting the city of Florence, particularly in the busier months. Like any major tourist capital Florence has its fair share of petty crime, but remember that the advice … Read More

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Beef Steak Florentine Style!

In Florence there is only one type of Florentine steak or flank steak to eat and it’s the product of one of the oldest cow breeds in the world: Chianina. This cow has been responsible for 2,200 years for providing … Read More

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Art History Courses Florence (& the Italian Renaissance)

A trip to Italy is like a journey back in time. There is so much to see that it is often difficult for visitors to decide what they want to focus on. One thing that is sure to please any … Read More

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