See the Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester at the Uffizi in Florence

This October 2018 is a special time for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. One of Leonardo’s manuscripts, the Codex Leicester will be coming back to Italy next year. The precious codex is currently owned by American multibillionaire Bill Gates who will lend it to the Uffizi, where it will be shown as part of an exhibition… Read more »

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In search of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence and Tuscany

Where was Leonardo da Vinci born? Which of his works can be seen in Florence? Get closer to Leonardo da Vinci with our itinerary that takes you from his hometown Vinci to Florence, where some of his works can be admired. Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, a small town near Florence in Tuscany…. 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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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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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 the region in central Italy 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…. 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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