Uffizi Gallery – what it is, what’s in it (and how do you pronounce it)?

The Uffizi Gallery, in the historical centre of Florence, houses what is one of the world’s greatest collections of Renaissance art. Pronounced something like ‘oo-fit-zee’, the building was originally constructed by Cosimo I dei Medici (1519-1574) who was living in the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza Signoria. He decided to construct the Uffizi Gallery next […]

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Florentine Florens Fever

This week, Florence is mad with Florens fever. No, it’s not an illness plaguing locals, but rather ‘la Settimana Internazionale dei Beni culturali e ambientali di Firenze’ ? international cultural and Environmental Week. Florens 2010 (November 12-20, 2010) is a culture and landscape biennial event focusing on artisan craftsmanship and industry, and particularly cultural heritage […]

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