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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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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Top 10 destinations in Tuscany

Discover the most impressive destinations in Tuscany, Italy. The best loved towns and areas in Tuscany that continue to capture the imaginations of travellers. This is real Tuscany. Places where you’ll find renowned sights, museums, views and attractions that have made the area famous. BEST DESTINATIONS IN TUSCANY, ITALY FLORENCE – Enjoy masterpieces of art and architecture… Read more »

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Best towns in Tuscany to stay in

Which are the best towns in Tuscany to stay in? It all depends on your interests, if you’re travelling by car or public transport, and how many days you have. There’s no one answer to this of course, but here are our tips and suggestions on where to base yourself during your holiday in Tuscany. Best towns… 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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Adoration of the Magi, Leonardo da Vinci – Uffizi Gallery

Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci returned to the Uffizi Gallery in March 2017 after a long period of restoration. It’s an important work, that was considered revolutionary at the time. Both for the technique that Leonardo used, and his arrangement of the figures in the scene. It’s an impressive work, and at 246 cm. x243 cm…. Read more »

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Valentines Day in Florence, Italy

Valentines Day in Florence? What a proposal. Florence and romance go hand in hand, and this makes the city a red hot favourite for Valentines Day visits. Here are a few ideas on what to do on the most loved-up day of the year. From spectacular panoramic views to famously romantic spots. View from Piazzale Michelangelo. The ultimate… 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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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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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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