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Discover – Cloister of the Scalzo

As the summer seasons begins here in Florence, it's important to find places to visit in Florence a little of the beaten track! Churches, museums, and gardens all unknown to most tourists are great way to escape the masses! Once the entrance of a cloister of the Confraternity of Saint John the Baptist, founded in… Continue reading Discover – Cloister of the Scalzo

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Refresh – Vigneto Altura, Ansonaco

Vigneto Altura - Ansonaco. Best enjoyed just below room temperature, this beautiful almost amber coloured wine is a really something special. From the small island of Giglio, just off the coast of Southern Tuscany, Francesco Carfagna produces this interesting wine from the Ansonaco grape, which was once covering the island, but nowadays is surprising rare. It's… Continue reading Refresh – Vigneto Altura, Ansonaco

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History – Museo della Misericordia di Firenze

Behind the line of ambulances on Piazza del Duomo is the beautifully curated and lesser known museum of the Misericordia; a confraternity suppling services to the sick and needy dating back to the 13th century. Follow the sign to the museum entrance to where your directed via a lift to the 4th floor of this newly… Continue reading History – Museo della Misericordia di Firenze

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Discover – The Study of Francesco de’ Medici in Palazzo Vecchio

Completed under the supervision of our favourite artist and architect Giorgio Vasari, and built between 1570 and 1575, this tiny room just off the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio was the studiolo of Francesco de' Medici, who had taken over from his father Cosimo I in 1564 as the Duke of Tuscany. From a total… Continue reading Discover – The Study of Francesco de’ Medici in Palazzo Vecchio

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Art – Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci

Painted by Leonardo in his early years, Adoration of the Magi (1481) has recently returned home to the Uffizi gallery, after undergoing six years of restoration. In 2011 the painting was removed from the gallery and placed in the very capable hands of the  Opificio delle Pietro Due - Florence's most important restoration institute. After… Continue reading Art – Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci

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Eat – Sicilian street food in Florence at Arà: è Sicilia

One of favourite places to grab a quick lunch is Arà: è Sicilia on via degli Alfani, 127r in Florence. A stones throw from the Accademia, I come here for my arancini and cannoli fix, but they also have a nice selection of filled breads, delicious caponata and other sweet treats! My top choice for the arancini is… Continue reading Eat – Sicilian street food in Florence at Arà: è Sicilia

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Discover – The Bardini Gardens

Located in the Oltrarno area of Florence, the magical Bardini gardens are a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy some much needed fresh air. It's true that Florence can seem a little claustrophobic with the many tower buildings, narrow streets and a lack of anywhere green - but there are some lovely gardens… Continue reading Discover – The Bardini Gardens