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21 12, 2016

Florence: a taste of Christmas during the Renaissance

2016-12-21T18:41:48+00:00 December 21st, 2016|

There's always something magic about a city that "dresses up" for the season as Christmas approaches. Streets are lined with lights; tables are decked out with wreaths, candles, place cards. The weather, the people and even the atmosphere itself are different. It got us thinking here at The Medici Dynasty Show: how did people celebrate [...]

6 12, 2016

The Life and Contributions of Cosimo I de’ Medici

2016-12-28T17:27:04+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

Cosimo I de' Medici. Photo found on kleio.org Cosimo I de’ Medici, or more simply, Cosimo de’ Medici, was born on June 12th 1519 to Lodovico de’ Medici and Maria Salviati. Historically, he is famously known as the second Duke of Florence and the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. However, he has also [...]

20 11, 2016

Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici: The Man Who Began the Italian Renaissance

2016-11-28T16:26:50+00:00 November 20th, 2016|

Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici. Photo found on magnoliabox.com Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici (1360 – 1429) was an Italian banker who founded the Medici Bank which initiated the Medici’s rise to power. Unlike his family who came after him, Giovanni was not born into wealth. His father, Averardo de’ Medici, and his [...]

8 11, 2016

Discover the Santa Maria Novella Neighborhood

2016-11-21T17:24:32+00:00 November 8th, 2016|

photo credits © ThingLink The Santa Maria Novella Church is the very first basilica in Florence and dates back to the mid-13th century. It is Florence’s main Dominican church and contains many of Florence’s artistic masterpieces and funerary chapels of prominent Florentine families who funded many of the frescoes within the church. Giorgio Vasari was the [...]

2 11, 2016

Medici: Masters of Florence: The Women of the Medici Dynasty

2016-11-05T17:53:33+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|

Annabel Scholey as Contessina de' Bardi in Medici: Masters of Florence. Photo by movieplayer.it Lately, there's been a lot of talk going around about the leading male characters of Medici: Masters of Florence, Cosimo the Elder and Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici. This time, we wanted to focus on the leading female roles, [...]

27 10, 2016

How the Architecture of the Medici Palaces Inspired One Wall Street Bank

2016-10-26T17:55:24+00:00 October 27th, 2016|

Federal Reserve Bank (top) and Pitti Palace (below) Did you know that the architecture of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York was inspired by architecture of the Medici palaces? York and Sawyer, the architectural firm ran by Edward York and Philip Sawyer, designed the building with ornamental ironwork by Samuel Yellin, a [...]

25 10, 2016

Medici: Masters of Florence: Filming Locations in Florence and Tuscany

2016-10-25T15:02:00+00:00 October 25th, 2016|

Cast of Medici: Masters of Florence. Photo found on quotidiano.net Tuesday October 18, 2016 brought us the premiere of Medici: Masters of Florence in Italy. The plot proved to be full of suspense with talented international actors to back it up. It was wonderful to see all the different on-location settings the series [...]

22 10, 2016

Medici: Masters of Florence World Premiere: Who Was in Attendance?

2016-10-24T12:40:55+00:00 October 22nd, 2016|

Cast of Medici: Masters of Florence at the World Premiere in Palazzo Vecchio. Photo found on richardmadden.net The evening of October 14th 2016 in Florence, Italy at Palazzo Vecchio proved to be a night of fun and excitement. Medici: Masters of Florence had its world premiere and many of the actors attended including Richard [...]

15 10, 2016

Medici: Masters of Florence on Television and World Premiere

2016-10-12T16:54:43+00:00 October 15th, 2016|

Richard Madden (left) and Dustin Hoffman (right). Photo found on www.wegotthiscovered.com Many of our readers have been asking about the upcoming new tv series Medici: Masters of Florence. While the media has been keeping us all in suspense, we’ve been doing our best to stay up-to-date with any details that may cross our [...]

3 10, 2016

Hidden Florence Mysteries: Theaters of the Past

2016-10-14T12:00:48+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|

Possible layout of the Roman Theater of Florence. Photo found on www.museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it Dating back to the 1st century AD, the Roman Theater of Florence is situated below Palazzo Vecchio, the Old Palace, once the home of the Medici. The semicircular amphitheater was built to fit a total of 15,000 - 20,000 spectators. In [...]