A… long-lived Gentleman

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“With no doubt those who admire this (statue) do not need to take the trouble to see any others, whoever is or will be the sculptor or whenever they may be realized.” (Giorgio Vasari, Vitae). With these words from his work Vitae, Giorgio Vasari describes one of the world’s most important and renowned masterpiece for [...]


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Michelangelo, a Tuscan wit

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“Your lordship sends word that I have to paint without any doubt: I reply that people should paint using their brain and not only their hands, and those who haven’t got their brain, discredit themselves: and I will have done a good job only when my work will be ready.” (Michelangelo Buonarroti, letter to the [...]


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Michelangelo, the Immortal

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Last month we spoke about Michelangelo, son of his time and his land, but in particular of Florence, that Fiorenza I refer to as the city that gave and taught so much to him; she showed our artist the direction to that immortality which only a few are destined to, thanks to art. Anyway, Michelangelo [...]


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DJ and music producers in Florence

La Toscana: Live Music

Florence has experienced a number of musical explosions in the last decade and a wide range of producers have sprung up in the area and are contributing to the now thriving local and global scene. Cult and mainstream bands have also benefited from the Florentine’s desire for bigger and better live music programming; the result [...]


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The Synagogue of Florence

La Toscana: Arts, Churches and monasteries, Florence

Florence has a Jewish community whose origins date back to the Roman era when there were several Jews living in houses near the Ponte Vecchio. We know that in 1396, there was a bank opened in the centre which made loans; an activity which has only been officially authorized by the government since about 1430. [...]


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A stone tree in Florence

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

We are in the centre of Florence, a maze of tiny narrow roads which cross and meet each other at irregular angles in typical style of an ancient roman city. It is often thought that Florence is city that is lacking in green spaces however enter the many old palaces and even churches of Florence [...]


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Florentine Quail

La Toscana: Tuscan Recipes

Ingredients for 4 people 8 quail 8 pieces of drymeat 50g of butter 3 stems of celery 1 stick of thyme 2 bay leaves Half a glass of white wine Stock Olive Oil Salt and Pepper Clean the quails, adding salt and pepper to their insides and covering their chests with drymeat. Fasten it together [...]


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Ribollita from Florence

La Toscana: Tuscan Recipes

Ribollita: out the flags! Playing the Chiarine of the old palace, you will find the friends of Buongustai. Florence has taken it by the throat. Based from the ancient restaurant of via Lambertesca, a few metres away from the Uffizi. Many of the following artists have eaten there including, Giubbe Rosse, Soffici and Montale, Ungaretti, [...]


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Acquacotta alla Pinchiorri Soup

La Toscana: Tuscan Recipes

Annie Feolde has a kitchen in the famous Florence restaurant in via Ghibellina. Every so often she dedicates the menu to traditional Tuscan dishes, among which is the l’aquacotta maremmana, literally cooked water! She first discovered this wonderful dish in a restaurant in Grosseto, l’Ombrone and since then she has tried to interpret her own [...]


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Aqua Forte: Copperplate Printing in Florence

La Toscana: Florence

July hits Italian cities with burning darts, but don’t worry, there’s always an alternative, something different, something refreshing to do! Cultural Events Florence If you choose to defy the heat and wander the streets between Piazza Signoria and Piazza S. Croce, in the heart of the historical city center, you can for example stop in [...]


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Tuscany Artisans – Ceramics

La Toscana: English, Florence, Made in Tuscany

Focusing on Tuscany, and Florence in particular, which has always been a town of excellent workshops, to the point that Riccardo Marasco, a Florentine himself, dedicated a song characterising Florence as an artisan – Firenze bottegaia – the chorus of which goes: Firenze bottegaia di quando ero bambino e già ne andavo fiero di esser [...]


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Lampredotto in Florence

La Toscana: English, Florence, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

Does sightseeing and admiring works of art work up an appetite? Afraid that a day touring Florence will be too much for your empty stomach to take? Don’t worry though, as in Florence all you will be surrounded by local venders selling Lampredotto, which is a traditional dish in the region of Tuscany. In Tuscany, [...]


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