Detail from Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, Italy. photo: Goran Bogicevic / Alamy Stock Photo

Inside the House of Medici (Part I): Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Detail from Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, Italy
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...
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...
Ai Weiwei Reframe Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi in Florence Hosts Major Exhibition About Ai Weiwei

“Ai Weiwei. Libero”, Italy’s first major retrospective dedicated to one of the world’s most celebrated and influential contemporary artists, opened...

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...
Piazzale Michelangelo ~ Florence’s Renaissance Cityscape from Above

Piazzale Michelangelo ~ Florence’s Renaissance Cityscape from Above

“Tonight the sun has died like an Emperor…great scarlet arcs of silk…saffron…green…crimson…and the blaze of Venus to remind one of the absolute and...
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...
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…...
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...
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...