Unique Florence – Laurentian Library

A little gem in Florence, the Laurentian Library (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana) holds a vast collection of early-edition books, prints and manuscripts, the bulk of which formed the private library of one of Florence’s most important families. Having worked their way up from their merchant beginnings to become rulers and even Popes, the Medici family (specifically […]

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Florence’s Accademia Museum – what is it and who’s in it?

Florence’s famous Accademia delle Arti del Disegno (Academy of Arts and Design), commonly referred to as simply the Accademia, is home to one of Italy’s much loved heroes, David. Carved by Michelangelo after he won a competition for the marble, David stands ponderously just before (or after – depending on who you ask) his battle […]

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