Italy, the Carnival and the Italian Table

Life in Tuscany has its own regular rhythm dictated by the changes of seasons, the sequence of feasts and holidays.  In Italy the winter period starts with the ponte (literally “bridge”, a long weekend) of 8th December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The winter atmosphere is already there, and we start to think about … Continue reading Italy, the Carnival and the Italian Table

Florence and the invention of linear perspective in painting

  Do you remember your drawing lessons at school when your teacher explained you how to draw a correct one-point perspective scheme? First, you had to draw a horizon line, choose your vanishing point and then you sketched the construction lines. Within this scheme you then located all the objects you wanted to draw: an … Continue reading Florence and the invention of linear perspective in painting

Four reasons why winter is the best time for a cultural trip to Florence

If you dream about a cultural trip to Florence and Tuscany but you are scared of crowds, I have good news for you: winter is the best period to visit us! Since many years already, because of the growth of mass tourism industry, Florence is visited by ca. 16 million people every year. The tourism … Continue reading Four reasons why winter is the best time for a cultural trip to Florence

The dreadful November – the flood of Florence, 4. 11. 1966

Autumn in Tuscany is one of my favourite seasons. It’s still warm outside so one can enjoy walks and hikes in the countryside and admire colourful landscapes with yellow, red and orange trees, bushes and vineyards. At the same time, November tends to be particularly rainy. The weather is not as stable as during the … Continue reading The dreadful November – the flood of Florence, 4. 11. 1966

Gluten Free Florence – the Five Best Gluten Free Places in Town

Usually, when I meet new people and I say that I live in Italy, the eyes of my interlocutors light up, a big smile comes on their faces and they start to talk about their love for Italian food. No doubt, Italian cuisine is one of the most pleasing part of the Italian lifestyle that … Continue reading Gluten Free Florence – the Five Best Gluten Free Places in Town

Myths, Saints, Pagan Gods and Holy Stories – “The Cinquecento in Florence” Exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi

From 21 September 2017 to 21 January 2018 Palazzo Strozzi hosts the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna” curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali. We were all rather impatient to see the show and I have to say that my own expectations towards this exhibition were really high. Nothing strange … Continue reading Myths, Saints, Pagan Gods and Holy Stories – “The Cinquecento in Florence” Exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi

The Most Important Facts about Brunelleschi’s Dome

What is the first thing that amazes the travellers who see Florence for the first time? No doubt - it is the dome of the Florentine cathedral, the most recognizable monument of the city, the symbol of its power and beauty. The history of its construction is one of the most fascinating and mysterious stories … Continue reading The Most Important Facts about Brunelleschi’s Dome

A Day between the Ruins – a Half Day Trip to Ancient Fiesole

  The city of Florence originated from a Roman colony established probably around 59 BC as a settlement for the Roman veteran soldiers. However, the surrounding area had been populated much earlier, not by the Romans but by the Etruscans, a population that colonized Central Italy from the tenth century BC until they were completely dominated … Continue reading A Day between the Ruins – a Half Day Trip to Ancient Fiesole