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 gives visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the world of the Medici. Easy to get to from Florence, Villa Petraia is an elegant Renaissance mansion that… 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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See the best of Florence this Christmas

For anyone who wants to see the best of Florence this Christmas, here’s an illuminating look at all festive delights the city has to offer. At this special time of year, Florence goes for broke. Christmas decorations light up the streets and shop windows. The Christmas Market gives Santa Croce Square a different twist. And the… Read more »

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Off-the-beaten-track places to visit in Tuscany, Italy

Travel ideas from a local expert. We chat with Silvia Capperi, founder of the online travel agency Sunny Tuscany & Italy to get a different take on the region. Here she gives us an insider’s look at some off-the-beaten-track places to visit in Tuscany, and tells us why they should be on every travel itinerary. “There’s… Read more »

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Visit Lucca, in Tuscany. A photographic journey through a city of charms

Visit Lucca in Tuscany and you’ll find it’s a very special place. The huge tree-lined walls that embrace the town jealously guard its precious squares, churches, towers, and charming historic cafes. It’s a relaxed city full of poetry and unassuming elegance. Lucca’s walls, a unique sight The walls are an impressive sight. A majestic example of 16th century defensive… Read more »

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Relive the Inferno movie in Florence – Dan Brown’s story meets reality

You’ve seen Ron Howard’s “Inferno”. Now you can relive the Inferno movie in Florence and see where Dan Brown’s story meets reality. As we show you here, it’s definitely possible to see the same things in Florence that professor Langdon did. Personally I think that the first half of the film is better, and not just because… 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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Dante Alighieri death mask as seen in “Inferno”

Find out all about the fascinating Dante Alighieri death mask and see what Dante really looked like. Dante is Italy’s most famous poet, author of the Divine Comedy. Recently he’s been the unwitting protagonist of the newly released film “Inferno”. The poet himself doesn’t make an appearance of course, but his death mask does. And the good news… Read more »

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