Florence Covered in Snow

Last weekend the beautiful city of Florence was covered with about 6 inches of snow. Our friend GianLuca was so kind to share his pictures with us. Florence is synonym to style both in its glorious past and today’s Italian fashion. Commerce and culture, art and science, industry and craft, this is a city where every aspect of humanity is represented in excellence. Known for the contribution of its citizens to the Arts and Sciences, Florence is a place that delights its visitors. This was the home of great personalities such as Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, Michelangelo Buonarroti,...
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Valdarno Landscapes in Leonardo: a Chat with the Manger of Boutique Hotel Villa Belpoggio

When you hear the word “Tuscany”, the first things that probably come to mind are Florence, Pisa and Chianti. But few of you might have heard of the Valdarno, an idyllic area between Florence and Arezzo that has inspired artists for centuries, even the likes of the great Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci. My wife and I stayed at a charming boutique hotel, the Relais Villa Belpoggio in the Valdarno community of Loro Ciuffenna , perched on the slopes of the southern ridge of the Pratomagno. Our first morning I had a delightful chat with the Villa’s manager Maria Ventrone, and I told her...
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Classic Cars in Florence | Fiat Topolino

An out-of-the-ordinary display of classic Fiat Topolino cars in Piazza Santissima Annunziata in Florence on Sunday March 21st 2010.
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A Look into the Invisible | Magritte, De Chirico, Ernst, Balthus at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence

Is it possible to see the invisible? This was the attempt made by the surrealist artists of the early 20th century and of which a collection is showcased at the fascinating Palazzo Strozzi in Florence from February 26 to July 18 2010. Giorgio de Chirico is the protagonist of this exhibition, as it was the first artist to create images that do not represent reality, but interpret hidden meanings. the other artists that are featured in this exhibition have been influenced by this concept. The young artist de Chirico first became conscious of a new approach to seeing the world when visiting Florence...
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The Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor

Probably you know the Ponte Vecchio, which is one of Florence’s most famous landmarks , but did it ever occur to you that there is a corridor above it? No you have not noticed it? Well that is because it is the best kept secret of Florence. A private passageway dated back to the 1564. Cosimo I de’Medici (The Grand Duke of Florence), did not like to walk among the people of his town. He asked the architect Giorgio Vasari to build a path that would allow him and the Royal family to move freely from their residence (Palazzo Pitti) to the government palace (Palazzo della Signoria). It is one...
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