The Art of Shopping in Florence – Artisan Crafts

Florence has a rich history in artisan crafts. Besides offering great things to buy in Florence, stepping into the stores where artisans still ply their ancient trades is like stepping back in time – way back in time. Considering that the first craft guilds were established in the 12th century, these traditions would have been […]

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What remains – dark discoveries in Florence, Italy

Many may have skeletons in the closet, but it has recently been discovered that one of Florence’s must-see museums has been hiding much more than a metaphorical dark secret. An ancient mass grave holding around 60 skeletons has been found below Florence’s must-see art museum, the Uffizi Gallery. The bones were found by construction workers […]

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Cerca Trova: Palazzo Vecchio, Battle of Marciano & Vasari’s hidden message

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If you’re a fan of Dan Brown, then one must-visit location to visit in Florence is the Palazzo Vecchio situated in Piazza della Signoria. The simple structure of the exterior defies the amazing interior. Stepping into the internal courtyard you are amazed by the ornate frescoes and statues housed within. Climbing up the wide, noble […]

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Italy – how to pack & how to dress

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Planning a trip to Italy? Besides the some of the greatest museums in the world, the best wines in the most stunning countryside settings, delicious food… there’s also great shopping! Great things to buy in Italy include leather shoes, jackets, belts and handbags, great big-name fashion brands (but don’t forget the great boutique buys) and […]

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Vasari – Days of (their) Lives

  Giorgio Vasari was one of the Renaissance’s greatest artist and architect – and arguably the biggest gossip of them all! Born in the charming Tuscan town of Arezzo in 1511, Vasari moved to Florence at the age of 16 to study under Andrea del Sarto. It was in Florence that Vasari became friends with […]

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Travel in Style: how to dress

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  If you’re planning a trip to Italy, plan on doing lots of walking! Whilst this means that comfy shoes are a must, it doesn’t mean you have to dress like you’re going camping. Unless you’re going camping. If you’re visiting the great cities of Italy such as Florence, Venice, Rome, the best way to dress is […]

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Packing Tips for Italy Trips – Light is a Delight!

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Travelling in Italy, one thing you’ll notice beyond on all the historical buildings and collection after collection of master artworks, is the stairs. Given that Italians have to pack accommodations for 60-something million people in a small land mass, for most the only way is up! And with the majority of buildings and towers in […]

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INFERNO: from Dante to Dan Brown

Dante’s Inferno has become the basis for the latest Dan Brown novel of the same name. Dan Brown’s Inferno takes its name from the first of the three canticas that make up Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the poem, Dante recounts in first person his experiences of travelling through hell (Inferno), purgatory (Purgatorio) and heaven (Paradiso). […]

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