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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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Discover – The Vibrant City of Palermo, Sicily

It's taken me a while to get round to writing this, mainly because I knew it would be a long one, but since I visited such a long time ago...this post will be short and sweet. I've been urging everyone to go and visit Palermo...this was my first time on the island of Sicily and… Continue reading Discover – The Vibrant City of Palermo, Sicily

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History – The Battlefield of Tête-des-Faux, Alsace

This years summer holiday was to the beautiful area of Alsace, and we had decided to book onto a Headwater self guided walking holiday - Contrasts of Alsace and Vosges Walk. This saw a week of wandering through vineyards, hiking up through the mountains and discovering ruined chateaux. One of the walks brought us to the… Continue reading History – The Battlefield of Tête-des-Faux, Alsace

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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