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ART + CULTURE

Art and culture from Florence, Italy, focusing on exhibitions, museums, artisans and more.

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Casa Buonarroti

Via Ghibellina, 709:30 - 2:00, except Tuesday Entry fee: 6.50 euroTel: 055 241 752Visiting the Casa Buonarroti museum arouses, first and foremost, a sense of admiration for several early works by Michelangelo contained within its walls, such as the Madonna of the Stairs and the Battle of the

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Ristorante Leo in Santa Croce

Ristorante Leo in Santa CroceVia Torta, 7/r055-210829Closed Mondays The restaurant, built on the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater, whose interior contains original capitals dating to the middle ages, is lovingly overseen by Mario Conti, Roberto Esposito and Angelo Tocci, its owners and chefs.  When we first

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Giuggiu Jewellery

Angela CaputiVia S. Spirito 58/r055-212-972www.angelalcaputi.com Angela Caputi founded her signature ‘Giuggiu’ collection in Florence, in 1975. Known throughout Italy and abroad, she designs very high fashion costume jewelry. Her workshop, located at Via S. Spirito, 58, is staffed only by women–it

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Artisan belts

InfinityBorgo S.S. Aspostoli 18/r055-239-8405www.infinityfirenze.com Since 1973, Eugenio Provaroni and his American wife, Jane Dengler, have designed and hand made exquisite, often one of a kind, contemporary leather and metal belts in the old Florentine tradition. Their small workshop is located in an 11th-century

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An Egyptian Meseum in Florence? Who knew?

The Egyptian Museum of Florence (Museo Egizio), second in Italy only to its famous counterpart in Turin, is located inside the city’s Archaeological Museum. Its first group of Egyptian relics has been present in Florence since the 18th century as part of the Medici collections. During the 19th

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Impressed in memory

‘All I could think about were those who lived below street level.’ This was the first thought that struck Sherry Peregrin, a student and one of many Americans who lived ...

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Ristorante La Maremma

Owner Enzo Ragazzini and his son, Luca, have been advising us on their food and wine for many years (with impromptu Italian lessons thrown in). Years ago we had a large family gathering at La Maremma. My partner, Bob, however, was not with us because he was ill. As we

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Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore was established by the Florentine Republic to supervise the construction of the Cathedral, the first stone of which was laid on Sept. 8, 1296. In 1331, the institution came under the patronage of the Arte della Lana (the wool guild), whose symbol, the

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Orate pro pictoria – Prayer for the painter

She came from a wealthy family with a street in Florence named after them. She hobnobbed with the famous painters of her day. She painted prodigiously, but only three paintings have been authenticated. Today, she remains virtually unknown. Who was she?   She was a woman at a time when

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Ristorante del Fagioli

In this section, expect suggestions regarding restaurants Bob and I particularly love— for their good food, and especially the friendship and kindness each has extended to us over the 15 years we have been coming to Florence. Several restaurants will be well-known, others may not be, but each

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The Church of Santa Croce

Florence’s Pantheon and my favorite church in Florence, Santa Croce hosts 270 tombstones that pave the floor of the church, honoring those who strongly impacted the course of history in the fields of art, history and music. The most famous tomb belongs to Michelangelo, followed by those of

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Unforgettable places and special works of art

Tabernacles are lovely frescoed or sculptured niches shaped like small temples. During medieval times they were placed on almost every corner and usually contained a sacred image— often of the ...

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Florentine Crime, Florentine retribution

‘I said, I killed him,’ she said, and her voice was light and cool as though it was trying to float free from her body, where the bones pressed painfully ...

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Museo di San Marco

The Museum of San Marco was opened to the public in 1869 after the abolition of monasteries, which occurred in 1866. It has its own place inside the old monastery of San Marco, built between 1437 and 1444 under the patronage of Cosimo de’ Medici for the reformed Dominican

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Trattoria Pandemonio

Trattoria PandemonioVia dei Leoni 50/rTel. 055-224-002 (reservations are necessary for dinner)Closed SundayRolando Brogi and his charming, personable, wife/chef, Giovanna Biagi, and their son/chef, Francesco, have created this wonderful restaurant. Full of warmth and informal confusion (pandemonio) the restaurant mirrors its name. The Brogi welcome

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Chiesa La Badia Fiorentina

Chiesa La Badia FiorentinaVia del ProconsoloMidday Prayer Tuesday-Saturdayat 12:30pmThe church was founded and endowed in 978 by the German princess Willa, widow of Umberto, Margrave of Tuscia (Tuscany). The slender bell tower (la badia) is a landmark in the Florentine skyline and used to call the artisans to

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Unforgettable places and special works of art

Ilove any work by Jacopo Pontormo, a tortured soul who produced amazing Manneristic colors in his works. Doris Kryst describes Man-nerism as ‘an emotional accentuation of movement and expressions of the body, eccentric composition of space with distorted perspective, anatomical exaggeration, restless variation of light and artificial color.&

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SamSara

Alost-in-life tractor salesman plopped smack dab in the center of Florence. He’s the only man in a group of 18 women psychologists attending a seminar concerning the feminine aspect of the psyche. In other words, primitive man meets goddess.Samsara begins with a brief introduction by

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What was Florence like in 1764?

Mary Jane Cryan lives in a small town nestled between Rome and Tuscany that has been under the protection of the English crown since the time of Henry VIII. Travels to Tuscany and Northern Lazio, the latest addition to her decades of ferreting out hidden history, gives readers a glimpse

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Travels with Intent

Nothing can be more depressing than to encounter a husband who boasts of having seen everything in Rome in three days, while the wife laments that, in recollection she cannot distinguish the Vatican from the Capitol, St Peter’s from St Paul’s.Augustus Hare: Walks in Rome (

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Quarries and their role in the construction of Florence

Has it ever occurred to you that the stony city of Florence was literally carved out of the surrounding hills?  It’s quite true. Countless local quarries provided the blocks of stone for the walls of medieval and Renaissance churches and palaces, and for the columns and architectural

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‘Tourists say the darnedest things’

Who would be a tour guide? If you have ever spent a summer in Florence, wincing at compatriots who argue in restaurants and make fatuous remarks in museums, you will have asked yourself this very question. In Too Much Tuscan Sun, Dario Castagno tells of encounters with tourists so strange,

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Little Big Cook Books

The chunky little books in The Little Big Cook Book series are packed with information and brimming with colour. Each book has more than 600 recipes and over 800 photographs. Step by step feature spreads in each book show how to make pasta at home, clean a fish, pre-pare

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Cose dItalia

In Italian, somewhere between language & culture Author: G. Stefancich ISBN: 88-7573-350-3Price: 11.50 euro Pages: 104 There is much more to Italian culture than literature, history and great art. Cose dItalia focuses on the cultural wealth inherent in everyday experi-ences and community living and includes

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