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Florence in 2 days, 8 kms and 7 stops

posted by on November 17th, 2015

Basilica of St. Croce: the construction of the church began in 1295, but the neo-Gothic façade dates back to the nineteenth century. Inside, there are frescoes by Giotto on the life of St. Francis and the wooden crucifix by Donatello. The Pazzi Chapel demonstrates the perfection of the architecture of Brunelleschi.

Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge of the town. Rebuilt in 1345, it risked to be destroyed by the terrible floods of 1966. The arcades and the craftsmen (jewelers and goldsmiths) draw crowds of shoppers and onlookers.

Vasari Corridor: A striking passage, which tastes of secret and adventure, allows you to walk, unseen and “raised” from the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace. It was built in 1565 by the Grand Duke Cosimo I for safety reasons. The walk is between XVII and XVIII century art works and portraits and it takes place on the Old Bridge and crosses the houses d ‘Oltrarno.

Palazzo Pitti: this huge Renaissance palace dominates and frames the square on three sides. The palace was built and designed by Brunelleschi for a rival family of the Medici, the Pitti. In 1549, however, the palace was acquired by the wife of Cosimo I de ‘Medici, who turned it into a princely residence. With an extraordinary collection of paintings of sec. XVI, XVII and XVIII, including paintings by Raffaello and Tiziano, The Palazzo Pitti is one of the richest art galleries in the world.

Florence in 2 days, 8 kms and 7 stops

posted by on November 12th, 2015

A circular walk: from S. Maria del Fiore to the Uffizi, from Ponte Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, from Masaccio to Ghirlandaio, from Michelangelo’s David and the Medici graves to the sweetness of Beato Angelico.


Piazza del Duomo: situated in the heart of the city, the complex (cathedral, bell tower and baptistery) forms an extraordinary set of white, green and pink, marble, a proof of the passage of the Florentine art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Piazza della Signoria: with the stunning background of the Palazzo vecchio, the Loggia and the Uffizi Gallery, the square Piazza della Signoria is still the political center of Florence. It dates back to the thirteenth century, when the Guelphs defeated the Ghibellines and destroyed the tower houses that they had erected in the center of the city. The numerous statues that populate the surroundings of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia make it a veritable outdoor sculpture museum.

Uffizi Gallery is one of the richest museums in the world, whose collections allow us to follow the evolution of Italian painting from the primitive to the seventeenth century.

10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by on October 26th, 2015

FLORENCE, UNTIL LATE IN THE NIGHT!

Saturday night in the museum

The most beautiful museums in the city are open until 11 pm on Saturday night: Uffizi, Accademia Gallery, Medici Chapels and Bargello Museum. In addition to those, for a perfect weekend art lover, there is the exhibition Divine beauty between Van Gogh, Chagall and Fontana, hosted in Palazzo Strozzi and dedicated to the relationship between art and sacred in mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth century.

Art exhibition in Florence, the Divine Beauty

LUXURY APARTMENT IN FLORENCE

posted by on September 12th, 2013

Cieffe is one of the most luxurious private experiences in Florence accommodations today. This fascinating residence matching the modern comfort with history gives you the very best of Florentine life.

Palazzo Bardi, whose apartment Cieffe represents the noble floor (Piano Nobile), was built in 1420 by Brunelleschi. It is located between the Arno River, the Uffizi gallery and Santa Croce. The building is considered the first step towards a new model of private renaissance palace in Florence, changing the late gothic architecture. The courtyard of the palazzo is decorated with Andrea della Robbia majolicas, a crown of big columns typical of Brunelleschi’s style, antique marble and precious Renaissance ironworks.

The name of the apartment is due to the fact that in the 16th century the Cieffe used to meet in this apartment, which was the palazzo’s theatre during the renaissance. The Cieffe was a group of scientists constituted by the Bardi Count and other scholars of musical theory, among who was Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo. They created new musical principles, merging music to the 33rd “canto” of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, giving birth to what is known now as lyrical opera. Still hanging from the ceiling of the theatre is the scenic machinery used at that time.

Cieffe is a 320 sqm (3.400 sq. ft.) apartment on two levels. The décor is a combination of the finest contemporary Italian design and Florentine ‘500 architectural details. The interiors are superbly decorated with original plaster works, stones and 18th century frescoes. Bauhaus period furniture are from the best designers: Van der Rohe, Eames, le Corbusier, matching a precious 17th century sofa and two medieval terracotta statues. Castiglioni, Flos and Fontanarte lightings give to the place a very special atmosphere in the evening.

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