Category Archive: Monuments and museums

Santa Maria Novella

After so many posts on so many different subjects, we realized we had yet to tell you about our most illustrious neighbor, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. For this very purpose, today I went to visit it. In 1121 it was already a monastery for Dominican friars; in 1470 it was expanded to its …

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Two Fascinating Exhibitions at Palazzo Strozzi

Year round, the Palazzo Strozzi foundation puts on a varied program of international exhibitions to engage different kinds of visitors. On the lower floor, the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina’s purpose is to explore contemporary art and culture. We went to see the new show; these are our impressions. Palazzo Strozzi’s new exhibition, “Pontormo and …

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A Fabulous Visit to the Vasari Corridor

A visit to the Vasari Corridor is definitely one of the most special things to do in Florence. So I decided to book a tour with the Ciao Florence agency. The appointment with the guide was at 3:30 pm in Via dei Lamberti, around the corner from Palazzo Vecchio. Here was the start of our …

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Emilio Greco: sacred and profane

EMILIO GRECO: SACRED AND PROFANE The centenary of the Greco’s birth celebrated in London, Rome and Catania Marking the centenary of the birth of the great sculptor Emilio Greco (Catania October 11, 1913 – Rome, April 5, 1995) London, Rome and Catania are paying homage to him with the exhibition “Emilio Greco: Sacred and Profane“. …

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Palazzo Strozzi: “The Russian Avant-garde, Siberia, and the East”

What’s the connection between icy Russia and the East? Up until yesterday I would have said “nothing”. But, after going to the new exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, I would answer this simple question with: endless connections! Through January 19, 2014 you can enjoy the new exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi “The Russian Avant-garde, Siberia and the …

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Gucci and Ferragamo Museums in Florence

Florence has a lot to offer fashion connoisseurs…Who wouldn’t be totally entranced by Via Tornabuoni and its gorgeous palazzi! So, I thought, “Today I’m going to visit Ferragamo and Gucci museums and compare the histories of these two extremely important brands that shaped the birth of fashion in Florence and beyond! I was dazzled by …

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From the Renaissance to contemporary art showcased at Palazzo Strozzi

I consider Palazzo Strozzi is one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance palazzi. It’s majestic, but still fits well between the Piazza Strozzi and Via Tornabuoni. Its charming interior courtyard is a nice place to meet friends and enjoy a break after visiting the many exhibits that the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi puts on. Right now …

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Dal Rinascimento all’arte contemporanea, in mostra a Palazzo Strozzi

Considero Palazzo Strozzi uno tra i più bei palazzi rinascimentali italiani, imponente ma allo stesso tempo ben collocato tra l’omonima Piazza Strozzi e via Tornabuoni. L’affascinante cortile interno può essere considerato un piacevole luogo di ritrovo, dove godere di una sosta dopo aver visitato le innumerevoli mostre che la Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi organizza. In questo …

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A museum for the little ones (and grown ups too)

A few days ago I went with my 9-year-old daughter to the “Museo dei Ragazzi” (Kid’s Museum) located inside Palazzo Vecchio, in the very center of Florence. It’s not a museum in the regular sense. It’s a series of activities, routes, and guided tours in the Palazzo covering the building’s different historical eras from its …

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Visiting Florence on a Monday

All those visiting Florence on a Monday should know that some of its preeminent museums are closed, including the Uffizi and the Accademia. But never fear! Florence still has a vast treasure trove to make tourists of every ilk fall in love with it… We decided to put together a short guide to some of …

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