Palazzo Vecchio, which means old palace, is the most important civil building in Florence Italy and was partly built between 1299 and 1314 and served as the main governmental building for the Republic of Florence. Palazzo Vecchio, also called Palazzo della Signoria or Palazzo dei Priori, was extended by Cosimo I de Medici and connected to the Palazzo Pitti via the famous Vasari Corridor. Today the palace is the seat of the Municipality of Florence but also hosts a museum and is one of the top … [Read more...] about Florence Italy – Palazzo Vecchio art
Uffizi Gallery Guided Tours Botticelli Birth of Venus Botticelli birth of Venus is one of the symbols of Florence Italy Renaissance. Sandro Botticelli created this painting for the Medici family, which hangs in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence Italy, before 1485. Giorgio Vasari wrote about it in his Vite, the first form of an encyclopedia of art. The order for this painting came probably from Lorenzo de Medici, the destination for The Birth of Venus probably was Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ … [Read more...] about Botticelli Birth of Venus – Uffizi Gallery
Gnocchi is a pasta dish that is typically Italian, but know worldwide mostly as dumplings. And as with many dishes from Italy it depends on the part of Italy you come from how you make it. In the Tuscany where I come from, we prepare gnocchi without eggs, but in other parts of Italy eggs are added. Obviously the ones from Tuscany are the best, else we would change the recipe, but my cousin from the southern part of Italy will disagree. So it is up to you to decide if you want to add eggs to … [Read more...] about Tuscan gnocchi recipe
The end of the Middle Ages in Florence Italy Historians set the end of the Middle ages in 1492, with the discovery of America, but Florence Italy Renaissance starts more than one century earlier. Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is filled with evidence of this early rebirth thanks to his works of art. For a couple of centuries, there was no artist other than the ones from Florence, or the ones who came to Florence to learn and work: they were light-years ahead any other artist in … [Read more...] about Florence Italy Renaissance – All about beauty!
Florence Italy History Florence Italy history is really an amazing tale with so many legends, wars, alliances, conspiracies, in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. History is my passion and I love medieval history in particular (how could that be different? I live in a medieval city). Florence is the place where at some point the (modern) western culture, as we know it today, started to appear and quickly rise above the medieval culture. What we are today, in Europe, United States, … [Read more...] about Florence Italy History – The amazing tale of a beautiful place
When it comes to Italian typical products, wine is always in the discussion, and Chianti wine is one of the most famous in the world; some Florentine noble families produced Chianti for 800 years, but Chianti is not just a wine: it's a region, between Florence and Siena, and it's one of the most amazing places in Italy, with dream landscapes, villas and castles. … [Read more...] about Chianti Wine – Discover the most ancient wine in Italy!