Allegory of Good and Bad Government frescoes in Siena

Inside the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena you’ll find one of the greatest secular fresco cycles of the Middle Ages: the exquisite and fascinating “Allegory of Good and Bad government”, painted in 1338-39 by Sienese master Pietro Lorenzetti. This is a much-admired fresco cycle, not just for its impressive scale and beauty but for the message… Read more »

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Crash Course of the Uffizi. A tour with Context Travel

Would you like to delve into the wonders of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence? I’ve recently done just that, thanks to Context Travel. They invited me to join their Uffizi Gallery Tour Crash Course, a 3-hour long tour led by an expert in art history, and I can’t recommend it enough. Here’s a little taste… Read more »

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The Uffizi opens 14 new Rooms

“It’s like a new museum has been opened inside the Uffizi”, says the director of the Uffizi Eike Schmidt. 104 paintings, 14 rooms, 1.100 square meters. These are the numbers of the latest renovation works at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The new rooms were inaugurated on 29th May 2019. Displayed inside these beautifully renovated… Read more »

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Botticelli in Florence – See his most celebrated paintings in Florence

Here we explore some of Botticelli’s masterpieces that can be found in Florence. From the iconic paintings “Birth of Venus” and “Spring” and his early works at the Uffizi, to the portraits in Pitti Palace and a fascinating fresco in the Ognissanti Church, where the artist is buried. For a full immersion in Botticelli’s creative… Read more »

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The Magi Chapel – Fresco cycle in Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

The Chapel in Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence was lavishly frescoed by Renaissance painter Benozzo Gozzoli between 1459 and 1461. Its fresco cycle “Procession of the Magi” is famous for its decorative details and because it portrays some members of the Medici family. The fresco covers three walls from top to bottom, showing smartly dressed… Read more »

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“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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Autumn 2017 Art Exhibitions in Florence and Tuscany

If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany this season, and would like to add a little artistic flair to your trip, here are a few of our favourite exhibits, all of which will be around until January 2018. Florence shows off 16th century paintings and sculptures, Siena goes back in time with a collection of… Read more »

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Where to see Michelangelo in Florence

Ever wanted to follow in Michelangelo’s footsteps? Now you can. Here we take you on a journey through the city that inspired him and show you the art that still inspires us. From the very early work in Casa Buonarroti to the world-famous statue of David at the Accademia. Follow us as we walk through… Read more »

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Famous paintings in Florence – Unmissable masterpieces at the Uffizi

Florence has an impressive collection of paintings. So the task of choosing its top masterpieces is a tad challenging. But we do like a challenge. So we’ve made a shortlist of the famous paintings in Florence that you absolutely can’t afford to miss, all of which can conveniently be found in the Uffizi Gallery. Seeing… Read more »

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Admiring Fra Angelico frescoes in San Marco Convent, Florence

San Marco Museum in Florence is a former Dominican convent with beautiful frescoes by the early Renaissance painter Fra Angelico. I visited this convent for the first time as a child. My memories are of tiny rooms with drawings on white walls. It was eerie and mysterious, in a good way. Since then I’ve been back… Read more »

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