Leonardo da Vinci events in Italy 2019

The 2nd May 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, and all around Italy they’re celebrating this genius with a variety of exhibitions, conferences and events. Here’s a list of the most important ones, from his hometown Vinci, to Florence and Milan where the artist lived and worked for many… Read more »

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Botticelli – 10 curious facts about the Man and the Artist

Sandro Botticelli is the famous Italian Renaissance painter, made immortal by works like the “Birth of Venus” and “Allegory of Spring”. He was born in Florence around 1445, and here he spent most of his life, as it was the flourishing cultural hub that of the time. Here we uncover a few stories about the… Read more »

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Was “Medici: the Magnificent” shot in Florence?

If you’ve watched the second series of the Medici, you might be wondering if you can see any of those locations next time you come to Florence. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but it turns out that most of the scenes set in Florence were shot somewhere else. But that doesn’t mean you can’t see… Read more »

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Medici the Magnificent. Fact and Fiction in the TV series

While the first series of Medici wasn’t that historically accurate, the second series “Medici: the Magnificent” is much more faithful to the truth of what really happened. It’s set during a particularly complex and turbulent period in Italy’s past, at a time when the Florentine republic was effectively ruled by the Medici. It was a… Read more »

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Giuliano de’ Medici. Who was the brother of Lorenzo the Magnificent?

Handsome, athletic, passionate and kind. That’s how history books portray Giuliano de’ Medici (Florence 1453-1478). He was the younger brother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, at the time when the Medici family was unofficially ruling Florence. Giuliano didn’t get a chance to show all his qualities to the world, as he was brutally murdered during what… Read more »

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Pazzi Conspiracy – Murder and drama in Florence

The Congiura dei Pazzi, or Pazzi Conspiracy, is a bloody and dramatic moment in Florence’s history. The day when an attack on the Medici brothers left Giuliano de’ Medici dying on the floor of Florence’s Cathedral. Date: Easter morning, 26 April 1478 – Location: Florence’s Cathedral But who were the participants in the Pazzi Conspiracy? And… Read more »

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La Verna Sanctuary, Tuscany, Italy – Nature and Spirituality

La Verna is a famous Franciscan Sanctuary in Tuscany, central Italy. The religious complex has an impressive location atop Mount Penna, which is part of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. Surrounded by a thick forest of fir and beech tees, it’s built high up on a rocky outcrop on the ‘Saint Francis’ sacred mountain’. Pilgrims… Read more »

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Lorenzo the Magnificent. Where is he buried?

If you want to pay your respects to one of the most famous members of the Medici family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, you’ll need to visit the Medici Chapel in Florence. Lorenzo de’ Medici, known as “Il Magnifico” (1449- 1492) is buried in a simple tomb in the New Sacristy, designed by none other than Michelangelo…. Read more »

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Tuscany’s Unusual and Mysterious places

In Tuscany there’s no shortage of mysterious places to visit. The ancient haunted castles of Lari and Poppi, a Medieval church in Siena that guards the mummified relic of a venerated saint and the monastic cell of the religious firebrand Savonarola. Tuscany even has its own “sword in the stone”,  a 12th century sword that… Read more »

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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 is coming back to Italy this 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 from… Read more »

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