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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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Discover – Prato

The countless times I've heard locals and tour guides say not too bother visiting Prato is beyond me... I've visited a number of times, and each time I've mentioned it, people seem baffled as "nothing's there". Well I disagree, and with it being a short train ride from Florence, for me it's the perfect way… Continue reading Discover – Prato

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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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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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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