The Medici family acquired enormous power and wealth as bankers and financiers influencing the legacy of Florence and Tuscany for
Many are privileged to have traveled through the magnificent hills of Tuscany. However, there was a time when all was
Notice to all readers: Mary Jane Cryan, longtime ItalianNotebook contributor (of today’s note too), would like to invite all ItalianNotebook
Take time to visit this tiny jewel in Florence: the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Literally meaning “Factory of Hard Stones”,
So, Nastagio comes into a load of money via some deceased relatives, and decides to spend it on lavish banquets
Florence is a treasure trove of classic art, a must destination for art lovers. In droves, visitors flock to the
If you’re rushing from the Uffizi to the Duomo or from your hotel to the Accademia or from Ponte Vecchio
All of us view villas and their gardens with different perspectives. After visiting Villa La Pietra, a four-sided country villa
The newly restored Ognissanti crucifix has been installed in the left transept of the Chiesa di Ognissanti (All Saints Church).
Ever since going up against Goliath, the last thing you would have thought anyone would say was that David was
When in Florence this is a must see! Close to Santa Maria Novella, this pharmacy has been here since 1221.
These Lilliputian doors are an odd feature of Florentine architecture. Made of solid wood, sometimes adorned with carvings or iron
Hmm…? Interesting architectural anomalies or Florentine Renaissance Macchiavellian cleverness? Regardless, you will be hard pressed to find these anywhere else
November 4th, 1966 will never be forgotten by residents of Florence or art lovers around the world. The great river
Rightly so, chins are usually pointed upwards in Piazza della Signoria. However, a token of one of Florence’s most infamous
Usury, back then defined simply as interest from money, was a terrible sin . . . 7th circle of hell,