Best places to see art in Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy is home to a lot of the world’s greatest artworks. Much of that is due to Florence being the birthplace of the Renaissance, which brought to life an artistic culture that has never died. The best places to see famous artwork by master artists in Florence is in the two most famous museums, […]

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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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Dolce & Gabbana sentenced to prison time

Next year’s great fashion trend may well be prison chic! Top fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to 20 months prison in Italy. They have been found guilty of tax evasion after Italian authorities claim the pair hid millions. Dolce and Gabbana have denied all charges. Italian authorities began investigating Dolce […]

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The Greats Create – Fashion in Florence

For such a small city, the number of great artists and important historical figures emanating from Florence is astounding. At various times throughout its history, artists including Michelangelo, Giotto, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, Masaccio, Vasari and Leonardo da Vinci called Florence home (or, more likely ‘casa’, home in Italian!) But this Florentine creativity did not end […]

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Work/Shop – Artisans in Florence – Patrick Wandael

The Ponte Vecchio

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 in Florence, the capital city of the stunning Tuscany region, it’s no wonder that people […]

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The Secret to Beauty & Fashion, Italian-style

In Italian, the idea of making a good impression is expressed as ‘fare una bella figura’ – that is, to make a beautiful figure of your self. In the land of great art and artists, some of the world’s best artisan craftsmen, and the top fashion brands, it is no wonder that beauty in Italy […]

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