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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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Art – Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers in Rome

The beautiful Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Fountains play quite an important part in Rome and its history, and today a huge number can be seen across the whole city - but my favourite by far is the beautiful Fountain of Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. In the Baroque era, fountains were a… Continue reading Art – Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers in Rome

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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

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Refresh – Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina

Nab a table outside with views over Palazzo Pitti at probably the best wine bar in Florence... Ran by three super friendly Italians (Edoardo, Manuele and Zeno) this place has a fantastic wine by the glass selection, and a very impressive wine list, focusing on small producers and often older vintages. This wine bar  gives… Continue reading Refresh – Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina

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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