While the English presence in Florence during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is well known, British aristocrats settled here many centuries earlier, fleeing from turbulent times in their homeland. The scandalous murder of archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, supposedly on the request of King Henry II,
Strolling along via dei Servi, you might not glance twice at a walled-in window on the corner of via del Pucci. Behind it, however, lies a Renaissance tale of conspiracy and revenge. The window is part of Palazzo Pucci, former home of the Pucci family. When Pandolfo Pucci was
We may think we know Florence well, but how often do we look up? For example, have you ever noticed the collection of busts on the façade of a palazzo in borgo degli Albizi? If you have not, it is probably because most of them are high up
With your back to the Baptistery, look closely at the lowest frieze on the bell tower, at the relief depicting a shepherd and his dog tending a flock of sheep. According to legend, this is not just any dog: it is Giotto’s childhood companion. The dog would watch
Atop playwright Giovanni Battista Niccolini’s tomb in the basilica of Santa Croce is a statue remarkably similar to New York’s Statue of Liberty.
Both depict a woman in neoclassical robes with a crown of rays, standing on a broken chain, her right arm uplifted. Pio
High up on the bell tower of Santa Maria Maggiore, the stone head of a woman, known as Berta, juts out bizarrely from the rough façade.
The story goes that on September 16, 1327, Cecco d’Ascoli, a doctor, astrologer and teacher, was being led to
Here is a wrap up of the exhibits you might have missed, many of which are closing in January. So why not shelter from the biting wind in the warmth of a museum and catch these gems before they finish?
The Renaissance from Florence to Paris
Have you ever wondered what a pyramid is doing in the Cascine? Just off viale degli Olmi, which runs the length of the park, this mysterious structure was once an ice house. Built in 1796 by Grand Duke Ferdinando III’s architect Giuseppe Manetti, it was used to store
Our events listing keeps you up-to-date on the latest and greatest in culture, music and other English-friendly entertainment. This is a selection of the best events in Florence and Tuscany.
EMPOLI/Pontormo and his following
Until March 2, 2014
Various locations in Empoli
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat and Tuscany is teeming with seasonal celebrations. From charity markets to concerts, nativity scenes to ice-skating, there is no shortage of events to put on your calendar and in your diary in anticipation of the festive, chilly days ahead.