Legitimate heir of the Duchy of Urbino, Federico Della Rovere was not an example of morality. His short life was certainly not what you would expect from a Prince; in the process, he also ruined the life of his wife, Claudia de Medici. A mystery surrounds Federico's premature death. … [Read more...] about Federico Della Rovere – Medici family
Many of my customers are amazed at how the city center of Florence is untouched since the Renaissance, but actually this is not true. The city underwent a renovation process twice in the last 150 years, because of two historical events that I'm going to describe. Unfortunately we lost part of the city attractions, but this exhibition (2015 Feb 17 - 2015 Apr 5th) featuring paintings by Fabio Borbottoni, free to visit, helps us to see again how Florence actually was before these two disasters. … [Read more...] about Fabio Borbottoni – Exhibition
Vittoria Della Rovere was probably the most important Grand Duchesse of Tuscany. In her long life she sponsored many artists, even though not many of them were exactly the best in Italy. Read about her life, her obsession with religion and the importance she had for the art collections in Florence. … [Read more...] about Vittoria della Rovere – Medici family
Caterina de Medici, Queen of France, caused a lot of discussions between historians. It has to be the name, because Caterina de Medici Gonzaga, the woman we are going to talk about today, raised the same discussions: was she a saint, or a terrible woman? Let's move on and discover some curious facts in her life. … [Read more...] about Caterina de Medici – Duchess of Mantua
How did the Renaissance start? The Renaissance is the foundation of the Western culture and of course it has been analyzed in detail for centuries. It originates from the Humanism, a new philosophy that started to be dominant in Italy in the 14th century. This is a blog on Florence and arts, so I'm more interested in understanding: how did the Renaissance start in arts? At least until the 19th century, arts followed the taste and goal of rich patrons: be it an Egyptian Pharaoh, a Roman Emperor … [Read more...] about How did the Renaissance start?
Florence is a city with a long and meaningful history. Two millennia left a mark for sure, but we also have a natural tendency to preserve everything. This way, plaques in Florence accumulated and we have so many, starting from the 13th century, that it's impossible to make an exhaustive list. We are going to see which plaques are the most important, curious or funny. … [Read more...] about Historical plaques in Florence Italy