“Adoration of the Magi” – Botticelli paints the Medici

The Adoration of the Magi by Botticelli is one of the highlights of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Painted between 1475-78, it’s the work that propelled the young artist into the Medici circle. if you look closely, you’ll discover that many figures in this religious scene are none other than members of the Medici family…. 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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The Medici in Florence – See how the Medici shaped Florence

The Medici family has shaped the city of Florence and made it into the splendid place we know today. But how exactly did Florence change under them, and where can you see their influence today? The Medici in Florence – San Lorenzo, the first neighbourhood of the Medici San Lorenzo was the neighbourhood where the Medici… Read more »

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Top things to do in Florence in 2017

The top things to do in Florence in 2017 include new and revamped museums, old palaces to explore, and plenty of surprises for food and fashion lovers. Florence is a city of timeless beauty and iconic sights, but never seems to take itself for granted. Last year was a busy and thrilling year for the city. The… 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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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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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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Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour, Florence

There are some places that seem to transcend history. The Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, with its maze of secret passages and rooms, is definitely one of them. Take the Secret Passages Tour and see it all for yourself. Discover the hidden Studiolo, and the Tesoretto. Marvel at the Hall of the Five Hundred ceiling. And explore the palace that was seat… Read more »

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