Author: Margo Lestz

Margo Lestz, a retired administrative assistant and perpetual student, fell in love with Florence 12 years ago, when she took an art history course here. She was recently in Florence for three months to study the Italian language. Read her blog: curiousrambler.com
November 6, 2014
LIFESTYLE

Legally fashionable

Medieval Florence, like many European cities, had ‘sumptuary laws’ to regulate luxury items, with an emphasis on women’s clothing. These laws proved difficult to enforce upon the clever Florentine women, however. All clothing was regulated, but there were few—if any—prosecutions brought against
February 28, 2013
LIFESTYLE

Sailing tortoises and a UFO

Your kids might find an afternoon spent at a museum as interesting as watching paint dry, but Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio holds some hidden curiosities sure to pique their interest. Who knew that within the medieval walls you can find 100 sailing tortoises and a UFO?   During the
January 31, 2013
ART + CULTURE

Rock of inspiration

If you are seeking poetic inspiration, try following the footsteps of the nineteenth-century poets who found it at Dante's stone, the Sasso di Dante.     A translation of the Divine Comedy published in England in 1814 popularised Dante in British society, and ‘Dante's Stone'