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Ancient Roman Baths of Neptune Mosaic Floors Ostia Antica Ruins Rome Italy Excavation of Ostia, ancient Roman port, next to airport. Was port for Rome until 5t— Photo by billperry

Ostia Antica: The “Pompeii of Rome”

Over two and a half million visitors flock annually to Pompeii to marvel at the ancient Roman city caught in time. But just half an hour outside Rome...
Historic street "San Gregorio Armeno" of the old town of nativity scenes with puppets of famous people in Naples.— Photo by AntonioGravante

San Gregorio Armeno: The Art of Nativity

St Francis of Assisi invented the idea. Sculptors and woodcarvers have made them for nearly 800 years. And at this time of year they’re a common...
Florence Cathedral from Giotto's bell tower — Photo by elleonzebon

On top of the world, on top of Florence’s Duomo!

Florence’s cathedral—Santa Maria del Fiori, or simply il Duomo , as it is known to the Florentines, is a fantastic piece of architecture. Every time...
Officina Santa Maria Novella

Florence's Scented Treasure: Officina Santa Maria Novella

There are travelers who get to know a new place by visiting its most famous landmarks, eating at the hotel restaurant, and sacking the main shopping...
Il Complesso di San Lorenzo

Il Complesso di San Lorenzo

That the Medici family acquired enormous power and wealth as bankers and financiers and influenced the legacy of Florence and Tuscany is undeniable…...
Portrait Of Lorenzo The Magnificent, Agnolo Bronzino, 1560, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Inside the Medici Chapels, the “Masters of Florence”‘s Mausoleum

It has been just a few weeks since the Italian media coverage began to be monopolized by the success of the new TV series Medici: Masters of Florence...
Stendahl Syndrome in Florence

Stendahl Syndrome in Florence

In 1979 Stendhal syndrome was first diagnosed in Florence. An Italian psychiatrist defined the disorder after treating over 100 cases among visitors...
XIX century Dante Alighieri statue and Santa Croce cathedral in Florence, Italy — Photo by AlKan32

Stendhal’s Syndrome: The disease you can only catch in Florence

When I first heard about Stendhal’s Syndrome I thought it was a joke. It is not. This illness has been scientifically researched and documented; it...
Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia, 1399 - 1482. Credit: Chronicle/Alamy

An Unsung Genius of 15th Century Florence: Luca della Robbia

As unbelievable as it may seem, one can get used to Beauty. Try to live in a city like Florence for a bunch of years and you may end up taking even...
Orsanmichele a trip into the past

Orsanmichele, a trip into the past

One of my favorite places in Florence is Orsanmichele. During a recent trip to Florence, as I was walking down Via Calzaiuoli, I was delighted to...
Accademia in Florence

Inside the Accademia Gallery in Florence

On my first visit to Florence a few years ago, I rushed into the Accademia Gallery with one purpose in mind, to see the original marble sculpture of...
Famous Ponte Vecchio with river Arno - photo by pandionhiatus3

Ponte Vecchio : Florence Oldest Bridge

There’s been a bridge at the site of Florence’s legendary Ponte Vecchio since the days of the ancient Romans. Today it’s a focus for Florence’s...

Florence's Uffizi Will Offer Personalised Tours to Visitors

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is planning more personalised museum routes for visitors, similar to services offered by the Louvre in Paris. The...
Portrait of Galileo Galilei. Italian School after J. Sustermans. Photo credit: Wellcome Library

Arcetri and Other Traces of Galileo's Life in Florence

As anyone who has ever been in Florence already knows, the Tuscan city abounds in all kinds of “traces” left by Italian geniuses of the past. One...
Traditionally, the Christmas story often told is one of three kings called the magi who had traveled from the east to pay homage to the new-born King

“Of Kings and Magi and Myrrh”

Each Christmas season brings with it the telling and retelling of a familiar tale portraying the nativity of Jesus Christ. Camouflaged within the...

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