Vasari Corridor: a secret passageway over Florence

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Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria degli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Palazzo Pitti are some of the most well known landmarks in Florence, but did you know there are secret passages that connect them? Designed by Giorgio Vasari under the patronage of Cosimo

The Visitation by Pontormo

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A new exhibition due to open in March 2014 at Palazzo Strozzi celebrates the works of two significant 16th century Florentine painters – Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Before the big show, Palazzo Strozzi revealed a newly restored painting by Jacopo

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro

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Vittorio Storaro has been named as one of history’s most influential cinematographers, and with titles to his name like Apocalypse Now, Reds, and The Last Emperor, it’s little surprise why. Istituto Lorenzo de Medici was pleased to host him recently

Florence’s Medieval Towers in the Oltrarno

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The Oltrarno district of Florence is best known for its artisans, but it’s also the best place to see the city’s medieval towers, some of which date back to the 11th century. Many of the towers were leveled off or

Nikola Tesla at the FST museum in Florence

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Serbian scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), contributed greatly to the development of the electricity system and was one of the most influential inventors of the 20th century. He was also involved in the invention of the arc lamp, one

FST museum

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A look at the FST museum in Florence – the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica; a wonderful place of culture and one of the most important scientific centres in Europe. http://www.fstfirenze.it/en/

The Medici and their balls

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You thought we meant something rude by the title involving Medici Balls, but we’re actually referring to the “palle”, literally balls, on their coat of arms. The Medici family has always been associated with balls. Six of them to be

The Cathedral Museum in Florence

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Overlooked and still one of the most important museums in Florence, the Museo del Opera de Santa Maria del Fiore, at Piazza del Duomo, host some of the most important artistic works of the Renaissance.

Faith Art Itineraries around Florence

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Following the declaration of Benedict XVI, of 2012 and 2013 as the year of Faith, the Florence diocese organized a series walks that allow visitors to explore the historic relation between the city, its art and culture, with Christianity.

The gates of Paradise in Florence

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It took 27 years to restore Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise to their full splendor, now you can admire them at the Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.