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8 04, 2018

The “giantastic” Gian Gastone de’ Medici

2018-04-08T11:58:30+00:00 April 8th, 2018|

For a man who’s been dead nearly 300 years, Gian Gastone is looking pretty lively.  In fact there’s currently two of him, laughingly posing for post-rehearsal headshots in the sunlit cloisters of Il Fuligno.   In the red corner, Tim Daish, who has been resurrecting the Grand Duke in all his brazen, bedridden glory for [...]

30 11, 2017

Autumn adventures in Florence with Molly McIlwrath

2017-12-06T12:40:26+00:00 November 30th, 2017|

Written by Molly McIlwrath Metamorphoses and illumination are two words that capture Florence in the Fall for me. The shorter days with their crispy air and sometimes grey, sometimes blue skys disappear into the yellow tinged light from the street lamps as the early evening sunsets. The first days of the season are always remarkable with [...]

15 11, 2017

The Cinquecento Art Exhibition: a journey between subtlety and sensuality

2017-11-15T16:47:45+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

Displaying the Dynasty: Behind the Scenes of the “Cinquecento” with The Medici "Venus and Cupid" by Alessandro Allori, 1570 - Musée Fabre, Montpellier   Written by Jonatan Turpin Renaissance Florence is unrivalled for the lifelike interplay between subtlety and sensuality in its paintings and sculptures. Walking through the “Cinquecento” exhibition currently open at [...]

2 11, 2017

Discover Florence’s legendary street-food: “Il Lampredotto”

2017-11-02T16:51:28+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

Written by Jonathan Turpin Photo courtesy © dissapore.it Wandering half-lost through picturesque cobbled streets, the smells as well as the sights of traditional Florence take the breath away. Just as in medieval times the imposing and narrow architecture of the city leads to intense aromas of marketplaces and cooking. The celebrated result of [...]

26 10, 2017

A new golden age for Florence thanks to Cosimo I

2017-10-26T16:37:47+00:00 October 26th, 2017|

Written by Marisa Garreffa This was the ambitious goal of Cosimo I, who became leader of Florence in 1537. He didn’t know it yet, but his rule would mark the beginning of two hundred years of powerful Medici rule (ending in 1737). This sprawling dynasty wasn’t created single handedly. In 1539, Cosimo married Eleonora di [...]

18 10, 2017

Politics, persuasion and power: meet Cosimo I de’ Medici

2017-10-18T16:47:51+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Written by Marisa Garreffa Cosimo I de’ Medici 1519 - 1574 His father ordered him thrown out of a window as a baby to see if he was brave. It was the first of many tests that Cosimo I would pass with flying colours. Cosimo I de’ Medici was born in Palazzo Salviati on June [...]

17 09, 2017

The Medici Matronage in a lecture at The British Institute of Florence 

2017-09-23T19:28:47+00:00 September 17th, 2017|

"Natività della Vergine Maria" by Domenico Ghirlandaio. By Marisa Garreffa Lisa Kaborycha speeds us through the legacy of the Medici women at The British Institute of Florence  We thought no one could cram more history into a single hour than The Medici Dynasty Show, but art historian Lisa Kaborycha has officially outdone us, and [...]

7 09, 2017

Magic lanterns in Florence tonight with “Festa della Rificolona”

2017-09-07T11:05:45+00:00 September 7th, 2017|

Written by Marisa Garreffa Some call it the best party in town. A nostalgic children’s holiday that has been revived and is most well known for the parade of lanterns through the streets. In my first year living in Florence, my housemate delivered me a lantern on the morning of the festival, to introduce me [...]

25 07, 2017

Eleonora di Toledo and her influence on Florence

2017-07-25T15:39:30+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

by Marisa Garreffa Last week we met Eleonora di Toledo, Spanish royalty and the young woman who caught the eye of Cosimo I, becoming Duchess of Florence through their marriage. Now we continue our exploration of this little-studied woman from history, discovering her influence on Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo Pitti, and the grand Boboli Gardens. [...]