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Art – The Magi Chapel in Palazzo Medici Riccardi

  This unique room inside the giant structure of Michelozzo’s Palazzo Medici Riccardi was built for Cosimo de’Medici (later to become known as “the Elder”) in 1445, as a private chapel in his new palazzo, but in fact he never saw it finished. The walls of the Chapel were decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli, depicting the… Continue reading Art – The Magi Chapel in Palazzo Medici Riccardi

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History – The statue of the Little Devil by Giambologna

Have you ever noticed the little devil on the corner of Via degli Strozzi Via de' Vecchietti? The statue by Giambologna commemorates a rather unusual event which happened nearby in 1245 - as Saint Peter Martyr was preaching to the crowds, the Devil appeared in the form of a black horse. In an attempt to… Continue reading History – The statue of the Little Devil by Giambologna

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Refresh – Canestrino bianco di Toscana

I adore a good "orange wine" and it's great to discover that Tuscany is home to plenty. It also happens that I live a few doors down from a wine bar/shop which specialises in organic and biodynamic wines too! This beautifully smooth Trebbiano and Malvasia blend is something really special. It's production follows organic and biodynamic… Continue reading Refresh – Canestrino bianco di Toscana

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History – The Church of Orsanmichele 

The Church of Orsanmichele is one of my go to places in Florence...it's great for when I'm struggling with the heat, or sheltering from the rain. But it's also home to some of the greatest sculptures found in Florence, but that means taking a step outside to appreciate the beautiful sculpted tabernacles which adorn the outside… Continue reading History – The Church of Orsanmichele 

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Art – Masaccio’s Holy Trinity

Probably my favourite church; Santa Maria Novella (detailed post here) is home to one of the best examples of the early Renaissance art, showing a scientific approach of creating the illusion of space in a painting. The Holy Trinity, painted by Masaccio sometime between 1425 - 1427 depicts the three key figures of Christ, God… Continue reading Art – Masaccio’s Holy Trinity

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Discover – The Archaeological Museum of Florence

If you're feeling tired of all the tourists and all the queues in the sweltering heat of summer, why not head to one of the lesser known museums of Florence to escape the crowds? The Archaeological Museum of Florence, just off Piazza della Santissima Annunziata is a great place to escape, plus it's normally empty! The… Continue reading Discover – The Archaeological Museum of Florence

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Art – Perseus with the Head of Medusa

Located in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria is the statue Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, and is one of my favourite sculptures in the Piazza. Commissioned by Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in 1545, with an intention to relate to the other works already in the piazza, including Michelangelo's David, Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus… Continue reading Art – Perseus with the Head of Medusa