The Devil’s Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano – The bridge that built a legend

We love a good legend. Especially when it involves a spectacular Medieval bridge. Centuries have passed but the Serchio valley, a few kilometres north of Lucca in Tuscany, still keeps alive a legend that’s behind its most impressive sight. Bridges were a constant source of wonder in Medieval times. These awe-inspiring constructions would join two sites… Read more »

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Leonardo da Vinci Museum – Museo Leonardiano in Vinci

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum, or Museo Leonardiano in Vinci, is the perfect place to go poking around inside Leonardo’s world. A place that brings to life his ideas and genius in his own hometown. The ancient rooms of the Counts of Guidi Castle and those of the Palazzina Uzielli – which together form the Museo… Read more »

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Medici Masters of Florence. What to expect in season 2

The first series of Medici Masters of Florence thrilled audiences with the dark secrets of the Medici dynasty. It mixed history with pure fantasy and threw in some famous actors for good measure.  Fans of the series will be pleased to know it’s coming back again next year with a brand new season. Here’s what… Read more »

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Contessina de’ Bardi, loyal wife of Cosimo de’ Medici

Contessina de Bardi, the wife of Cosimo de’ Medici, has became a celebrity thanks the Netflix series “Medici Masters of Florence”. The beautiful and talented Annabel Scholey brings to life this strong woman character who was very involved in her husband’s political life. But is it true that women had such a role in 15th… Read more »

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Rinaldo degli Albizzi – the enemy of Cosimo the Elder

Rinaldo degli Albizzi was one of the main opponents to the rise of the Medici in 15th century Florence. He’s the main villain in the Netflix series “Medici: Masters of Florence”, where he’s brilliantly brought to life by English actor Lex Shrapnel. We look at how close the fictional Rinaldo is to the historical character…. Read more »

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10 amazing facts you didn’t know about Tuscany

Tuscany is famed around the world for its art, food and natural beauty. But, even if you’re familiar with the main sights, there may be plenty of facts about Tuscany you might not know. Here we open the pandoras box of fascinating trivia about one of Italy’s most famous regions. Tuscany’s impressive 7 UNESCO sites Not… Read more »

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Learning Italian in Tuscany at L’Olivo Italiano – A school with a view

L’Olivo Italiano is no ordinary school. First, it’s blessed with a stunning location. Perched on a hill a few kilometres south of Florence, it has an unbelievable view over the city. From up here you see the river Arno snaking through it and the Duomo dominating it all. Secondly, it’s located in a beautifully restored… Read more »

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Films set in Tuscany. A landscape made for Hollywood.

Here we explore some great films set in Tuscany. Some truly great cinematic experiences that all have one thing in common: the setting. Italy has always looked good on screen, and Tuscany with its picture-perfect landscapes and cities filled with awe-inspiring architecture have given many directors visual inspiration. So without further ado, we’d like to introduce you… Read more »

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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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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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