May 26 2014 / Places

The Florence American War Cemetery

Florence, Tuscany

Many are privileged to have traveled through the magnificent hills of Tuscany. However, there was a time when all was


March 18 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Florentine Facades

Florence, Tuscany

Notice to all readers: Mary Jane Cryan, longtime ItalianNotebook contributor (of today’s note too), would like to invite all ItalianNotebook


March 4 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Painting with Stone

Florence, Tuscany

Take time to visit this tiny jewel in Florence: the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Literally meaning “Factory of Hard Stones”,


June 7 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Wedding gift!?

Florence, Tuscany

So, Nastagio comes into a load of money via some deceased relatives, and decides to spend it on lavish banquets


April 5 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Does Your Heart Skip a Beat in Florence?

Florence, Tuscany

Florence is a treasure trove of classic art, a must destination for art lovers. In droves, visitors flock to the


February 11 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Knocking on Doors in Florence…

Florence, Tuscany

If you’re rushing from the Uffizi to the Duomo or from your hotel to the Accademia or from Ponte Vecchio


October 2 2012 / Places

Villa La Pietra – 4 Sides To a Villa

Florence, Tuscany

All of us view villas and their gardens with different perspectives. After visiting Villa La Pietra, a four-sided country villa


July 11 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Renewed Shine for the Ognissanti Crucifix

Florence, Tuscany

The newly restored Ognissanti crucifix has been installed in the left transept of the Chiesa di Ognissanti (All Saints Church).


May 20 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Fragile David

Florence

Ever since going up against Goliath, the last thing you would have thought anyone would say was that David was


May 11 2009 / Local Interest

Officina Profumo Farmaceutica

Florence

When in Florence this is a must see! Close to Santa Maria Novella, this pharmacy has been here since 1221.


April 6 2009 / Local Interest

Faerie Doors

Florence

These Lilliputian doors are an odd feature of Florentine architecture. Made of solid wood, sometimes adorned with carvings or iron


February 6 2009 / Local Interest

The “No Door Doors”

Florence

Hmm…? Interesting architectural anomalies or Florentine Renaissance Macchiavellian cleverness? Regardless, you will be hard pressed to find these anywhere else


November 4 2008 / Events

Gli Angeli del Fango

Firenze

November 4th, 1966 will never be forgotten by residents of Florence or art lovers around the world. The great river


September 4 2008 / Local Interest

Savonarola’s Disk

Florence

Rightly so, chins are usually pointed upwards in Piazza della Signoria. However, a token of one of Florence’s most infamous


July 2 2008 / Art & Archaeology

Cosimo’s Full Absolution

Firenze

Usury, back then defined simply as interest from money, was a terrible sin . . . 7th circle of hell,