Botticelli Map of Hell – Explore Dante’s Inferno Drawings

The Botticelli Map of Hell has appeared in a novel by Dan Brown, and in a recent documentary. This has captured the imagination of the public, so here we take a closer look at these extraordinary drawings and the artists behind the story. Botticelli and Dante are linked by a thread that runs though history. As a… Read more »

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Valentines Day in Florence, Italy

Valentines Day in Florence? What a proposal. Florence and romance go hand in hand, and this makes the city a red hot favourite for Valentines Day visits. Here are a few ideas on what to do on the most loved-up day of the year. From spectacular panoramic views to famously romantic spots. View from Piazzale Michelangelo. The ultimate… Read more »

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Tuscany in February. All the magic, none of the crowds

Tuscany in February has more going for it than you might think. The Christmas holidays are already a faint memory. The air is crisp and cold, and carries with it the promise of snow. Days are shorter but they are also quieter. Could it be the perfect time for a trip to Tuscany? Tuscany without crowds… Read more »

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The life and loves of Cosimo de’ Medici – Father of Florence

Cosimo de’ Medici has recently risen from the history books, taking his place on the silver screen in the form of actor Richard Madden. The series Medici: Masters of Florence gives us a rare insight into this complex and fascinating character, and the people that lived in his orbit. Here we show you a character profile of the… Read more »

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Top things to do in Tuscany in 2017

Here’s our list of top things to do in Tuscany in 2017. Discover unknown treasures, revamped iconic museums and bewitchingly beautiful countryside. Tuscany is a timeless classic in any Italian itinerary, and certain destinations like Florence or Siena are always top choices for travellers. But there’s a lot more to Tuscany than these famous sights,… Read more »

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8 good reasons to visit Pistoia Italian Capital of Culture 2017

Pistoia has won the title of Italian Capital of Culture for 2017. The announcement has generated a lot of excitement, heightened by the fact that the Lonely Planet has declared Pistoia one of the 10 top cities to visit this year. What is so special about this town at the foot of the Appennines? Pistoia… Read more »

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A visit to Villa Petraia in Florence. The Medici mansion fit for kings

Villa Petraia overlooks Florence from atop a hill in Castello, a few kilometres north of the city centre. Featuring elegant Renaissance architecture and an Italianate garden, a visit to this villa makes for a relaxing day out, and gives visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the world of the Medici. Easy to get to from Florence,… Read more »

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The Medici dynasty. Who were the real Masters of Florence?

Masters of Florence, the series about the Medici dynasty, has just made its debut on Netflix. This period drama mixes together history, fiction and passion in fifteenth century Florence. In case you’re wondering who this family was and why they were so important to the Renaissance city of Florence, here is a quick crash course… Read more »

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Certaldo, Medieval charm in Tuscany

A small Medieval town perched on a hill is one of the sights that define the Tuscan landscape. Certaldo is exactly that. Situated near San Gimignano and 35 kilometres from Florence, Certaldo Alto is a small and characterful town out that packs some lovely sights and serious charm. A place that clings to the past and treasures its… Read more »

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Medici Masters of Florence. Truth and Fiction in the TV series

Medici Masters of Florence is the 8-episode series that’s been thrilling audiences on Netflix. The series tells the story of the family that helped the Renaissance to flourish and changed the face of Italy. It’s the early 15th century, and the place is Florence, in Tuscany, where the Medici are rising to power in the Florentine Republic. The… Read more »

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