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Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ sets Florence ablaze!

  ‘Inferno’, the latest novel by Dan Brown, is set in Florence Robert Langdon returns, treading through the Florence city streets as he deciphers the codes and mysteries in Dan Brown’s latest thriller, ‘Inferno’. Much of the novel is based … Continue reading

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Florence’s Seedy Underbelly: Sex, Drugs & Renaissance

You may be surprised to know that the Renaissance had more than its fair share of debauchery! In Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, some of the most rich and famous led shocking lifestyles that line the seedy underbelly of Florence’s … Continue reading

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DOs, DON’Ts & OH NO, YOU DIDN’T?!s: Etiquette in Italy

Part of the joys of travel to a foreign land is about immersing yourself in a new culture, embracing alternative ways of living and experiencing differences. As such, part of any preparations for a trip to another land should involve … Continue reading

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Romance Made to Measure – Valentine’s Day in Italy

Everyone has their own idea of what is romantic. For some, it’s red roses and chocolates. And if you like red, roses and chocolates, that’s great. However, if you’re looking for some out-of-the-chocolate-box ideas for the most romantic day of … Continue reading

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In Venice, in Love: Gianni Berengo Gardin

With his exceptional ability to capture images from life in the most poetic of ways, it is no wonder that Gianni Berengo Gardin has become one of Italy’s most loved photographers. Born in Liguria in 1930, Gianni Berengo Gardin’s career … Continue reading

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La Befana: 1 Wise Woman

At a time when most of us are already some days into our new year’s resolution of eating lighter and drinking less, Italians are gearing up for yet another feast! 6th January marks the Epiphany on (most) Christian calendars, the … Continue reading

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Away from the manger: the Italian Christmas Tradition of the Presepio

Christmas in Florence: The streets are all decked out in pretty Christmas lights, the shop windows around the historical city centre sparkle with stunning decorations, the Christmas market in Piazza Santa Croce is in full swing. And Piazza del Duomo … Continue reading

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Work/Shop – Artisans in Florence – Patrick Wandael

The Renaissance bore many of history’s greatest artists and many artisan traditions right here in Florence. But inspiration has never waned and to this day, Florence remains a glorious hub of creativity. And really, being surrounded by so much beauty … Continue reading

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The fine art of coffee

As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous … Continue reading

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Thanks for Thanksgiving in Florence, Italy

We in Florence have much to be thankful for. Therefore this Thanksgiving in Florence, Italy we are paying it forward by offering two special tours on 22nd November, 2012 to raise money for the Robert Kennedy Centre for Justice and … Continue reading

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