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09/Apr/2018

History of Uffizi Gallery

Granduca Francisco de’ Medici, son of Cosimo I, commissioned the construction of the Uffizi Gallery. It was initially designed by one of the leading architect and painter of the 15th century, Giorgio Vasari and built in the year 1581 under his guidance.
This Florence museum has a corridor which connects it to Pitti Palace, which became a Medici Family residence when the Pitti family fell into bad times. This secret corridor runs above the Ponte Vecchio, which gave the Medici Family the privacy to attend the mass without walking through the streets. There are many towers and buildings which later opens into the Boboli Gardens. The construction of the corridor was completed within 5 months to celebrate the wedding of Cosimo’s son, Francesco with Giovanna of Austria.
It was initially planned to hold admirative and judiciary offices and not for keeping masterpieces. During the years when this building was being constructed, the Medici Family had a huge influence over Florence. Many buildings were demolished for make space for its construction, one of which was a Romanesque Church. It’s remains of which can be found in the lower level of the street called Via della Ninna. The arches, columns and a part of the aisle are visible from across the street.
As Florence is known as the birthplace of Renaissance, the influences of which can also be seen in the architecture of this U-shaped gallery. Some of the best pieces of Italian Art can be found in Uffizi Gallery.

Giorgio Vasari passed away during the time the construction was going on and could not complete the construction of the Uffizi gallery. It was taken up by another renowned artist Bernardo Buontalenti.

Giorgio Vasari

Some interesting facts about the Uffizi Gallery

  • The famous works of the entire Renaissance period can be found in this one museum in Florence.
  • There are 45 rooms in the Uffizi Museum and holds some prominent art pieces which include – The Birth of Venus, Adoration of the Magi, Primavera, to just name a few.
  • The masterpieces in the gallery are from other countries as like Holland, Spain, and Germany, not just from Italy.
  • In the year 1966, Florence faced a terrible flood, but the irreplaceable art pieces of Uffizi Gallery were rescued by locals and tourists before the floodwaters could reach the Gallery. The volunteers who saved the artworks were acknowledged and were called ‘Mud angels.’
  • In the year 1911, The Mona Lisa went missing from the Louvre in France. Leonard Vincenzo, who claimed to be in possession of the masterpiece tried to sell it to the Uffizi Gallery Director, who was also a wealthy art dealer, two years after it was lost.
  • Though Leonard Vincenzo claimed that he was returning The Mona Lisa to Florence, where it rightfully belonged, he was arrested. Meanwhile, The Mona Lisa adorned the walls of the Uffizi Gallery, as long as it took to complete the paperwork.

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has stood the test of time and holds within it the secrets of the bygone era. The Gallery in itself it a masterpiece and attracts art lovers from around the globe.

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09/Apr/2018

The Way of the Gods – Between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna

he region between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna is known as the Way of the Gods. This route was so named because the mountains through which the path passes are named after Gods such as – Mount Venere (Venus), Mount Adonis, Mount Giunone (Juno).
In the olden days, this route connected Bologna- Firenze. The Etruscans used this route for the purpose of trade and dominated over Padana Plains. This route was also used during the Middle Ages and considered to the best path to cross the Apennines. It used to be a regular, narrow, unpaved path used by travelers.

Today, this trail is a favorite for mountain biking and Apennines trekking, especially during the spring season.
The Way of the Gods has an official App which provides information related to accommodation, GPS tracks, how to plan your trekking and other related details. Marking and signpost dot the route making it easier for trekkers.
These Florence hills are divided into stages – some on foot and some by bike. The organized tours depend on hiker’s skills and the number of days that they want to spend. As the path is not very difficult to navigate, it is ideal for families and adults.
The different stages are mapped, which are as follows.

  • The first stage is from Bologna to Badolo- The stretch starts at Bologna and is 19.3 by trek and 31.7 by mountain bike. The starting point is Piazza Maggiore and passes through the arcade which was built in 1674.
  • The second stage is from Badolo – Madonna dei Fornelli- This stretch is about 27.8 by trek and 24.7 by mountain bike. You will cross Brento and reach atop Mount Adone. You can also descend the path and reach Monterumici and Monzuno, in case you are too exhausted to hike up Mount Adone.
  • The third stage is Madonna dei Fornelli – Monte di Fo- This is a 17.5 km stretch by trek and 24.7 by mountain bike. The most interesting thing on this path is you will pass through an ancient Roman Street called “Flaminia Militare” and the 2nd-century Roman furnace, which was used to make quicklime out of limestone.
  • The fourth stage is Monte di Fo – San Piero a Sieve- The stretch is 21.8 by trek and 23.7 by mountain bike. This stretch is best avoided in case of bad weather; there is also a board which cautions both bikers and trekkers. On this path, you will come across Osteria Bruciata place. Legend has it that long ago there was a restaurant there and the manager of the restaurant used to welcome guests, rob them and then cook them!
  • The fifth stage is from San Piero a Sieve – Florence- The length of this trek is 34.5 and 33.9 by mountain bike. You will reach the highest part of the camping and reach Fortezza di San Marino.

Difficulty Level- Though the route does not have any technical difficulty; it does get a little slippery during bad weather. It has a medium difficulty level, and for people who keep themselves physically fit it, a must try.
The entire trek can be completed somewhere between 4-6 days.

Florence trekking is a must do for visitors who enjoy being in the outdoors and enjoy trekking and biking. The best part of the trek is, you get to pass through the ancient paths and enjoy some of the most breathtaking sights.

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09/Apr/2018

Florence Monuments

The maximum number of World Heritage sites can be seen in Italy, and people from around the world throng to visit. Italian monuments have stood the test of time, and still manage to captivate and enthrall people of all ages groups.
Florence, which is the birthplace of Italian Renaissance, attracts a huge number of tourists every year. UNESCO declared the Historic Center of Florence as a World Heritage Site. Renaissance Art can be seen in the architecture of the monuments in Florence. Art Galleries like Palazzo and Uffizi, wield considerable influence in the field of Art and culture even today.
The following are the famous monuments that are located in Florence.

Palazzo Vecchio

Built by Arnolfo di Cambio, Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most significant monuments in Florence. In 1300, this monument became synonymous with the Florentine Republic and today is a seat of Municipality of Florence.
A guide is recommended for a visit to this palace, who can take you through the rooms, secret passages, and corridors where the Medici Family once lived.

The Cathedral (Duomo)

Santa Maria del Fiore, to whom this Cathedral is dedicated to was also designed by Arnolfo di Cambio. He was considered to be the most celebrated architect of his times. It had a Gothic architecture and covered in colored marble.
Many sculptures can be found in the Museum ‘Opera del Duomo’ The beautiful stained-glass windows and wooden inlays on the Sacristy cupboards, designed by greats such as Antonio Del Pollaiolo, Brunelleschi, etc., can still be seen in the Cathedral.
The Cupola- This surprisingly modern dome can be seen distinctively against the Florentine Skyline. The Cupola was built by Filippo Brunelleschi, who started its construction in 1420. Brunelleschi used his knowledge of Roman architecture and developed a unique technique, which he used in the construction of this monument.
The ceiling of the Cupola has the painting of the Last Judgement, which was painted by Giorgio Vasari and later completed by Federico Zuccari.

Palazzo Pitti

Luca Pitti got this magnificent palace built to flaunt in front of the Family of Medici. But the palace fell into the hands of the Family of Medici when misfortune struck the Pitti family. Palazzo Pitti became the Medici family residence and was enlarged by Bartolomeo Ammannati, who also designed its famous Boboli Gardens. Today the Pitti Palace houses some famous Florentine Museums and Art Galleries.

Basilica of San Lorenzo

The Basilica was designed and built by Brunelleschi, in a Roman style of architecture. Left to the Basilica, is the Laurentian Library, which held the Medici family collection of the books and manuscripts. The library was designed by Michelangelo.
The Cappelle Medicee- This Church belonged to the Family of Medici and was later became their mausoleum.

San Miniato Al Monte

Is another beautiful church which an example of Tuscan and Roman styles of architecture.

Florence never fails to amaze tourists who throng the place the year around. It is also considered to be one of the most romantic places in the world. Florence Engagements and weddings are very popular with couples in love.

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09/Apr/2018

Visit Florence during the spring

Visiting Florence during the spring is definitely a must-do. With the warm temperatures, you will be surrounded by the vibrant colors and smells of blooming flowers and the songs of birds.

In Florence, 21st of March is officially considered to be the first day of spring.
Tuscany is famous not just for its rich history and traditions but is also known for its beautiful landscapes, cuisine, and wines. Located in central Italy, it attracts tourists from around the world to come to soak-in its age-old beauty and vibrant culture.

Spring is also a time of spring festivals, flower festivals, concerts and Holy Week.
Most stores remain closed on Easter Monday, Liberation Day, May Day and Festa della Repubblica, but places of tourist attraction remain open.

Why visit Florence during spring?

  • Most tourists visit during the summer months, but during spring it is less crowded.
  • Accommodations are readily available, and even the airfares are reasonably priced.
  • Longer daylight hours provide an opportunity to spend more time traveling and sightseeing.
  • It is an opportunity to attend the procession taken during Holy Week.
  • An ideal time to enjoy the profusion of colors, with the blooming plants and trees and enjoy a picnic in the countryside.
  • Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Florence, which is a sight to behold in the spring months.
  • For hikers, spring is the ideal month to enjoy the blooming wildflowers.

Listed are some of the must-do things while visiting Florence in spring:
At Piazza Duomo see the Exploding cart- A huge cart is detonated in front of one of the largest churches in Florence amidst cheering crowds on Easter. It is an annual event which takes place on Easter Sunday. A large procession, which consists of Florentines dressed in Renaissance costumes, trumpeters, drummers, flag throwers, along with four white oxen bring the cart in front of Piazza Duomo. The exploding carriage is followed by fireworks. Florentines follow this tradition for a good harvest.

 

A visit to the gardens of Florence- There are two beautiful gardens in Florence, one of which is a rose garden. It is a must visit as you can see more than a thousand varieties of flowers.
Visit the Gelato Festival- Firenze gelato festival is an annual event. You can spend your day sampling gelatos or sip gelato cocktails or smell gelato perfumes. You can also take part in a contest where you can ‘Taste- Vote- Win.’
Le Cascine Park – Pack up a picnic basket with the best wines, cheeses, bread or meat, and ride a bike in Florence’s largest park.
Enjoy a night-out at Notte Bianca- The city of Florence stays up all night which is called ‘White Night.’ The streets are filled with people to enjoy this after dark arts festival. You can enjoy the food, drink, concerts, music, and much more. This night is the most fun-filled night of the city of Florence.

Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato- is Florence’s International Handicraft Trade Fair. You get to check out the best handicrafts from around the world. It is an annual event and craftsmen from all corners of the world gather here. It is also an opportunity to sample some exciting food at one place.
Conclusion
The beauty of Florence never fails to captivate and enchant its visitors, no matter what the season is. But spring has its unique enchantment, and the entire Florence transforms into a magical place.

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29/Mar/2018

The Italian lifestyle and life in Florence

The Italians are very proud people and fiercely defend their origins, culture, village, town and language. They believe that there is no place like home. They revel in their markets and visit markets as a ritual. Italians love their drinks and food. After all, the pizza and pasta are passionately Italian. Italy is also known for its espressos and cappuccinos although it does not grow a single coffee plant. (more…)

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22/Mar/2018

Fiesole: a small and wonderful window on Tuscany

Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, but Fiesole is the heart and soul of Tuscany. Perched at a height of 1000 feet on the Tuscan Hills towards the northeast of Florence just 8 Km away, Fiesole offers magnificent views of the Florence town below. (more…)

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15/Mar/2018

The Pisa’s tower: an international monument with an eternal charm

While there may be a controversy surrounding the identity of the architect of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, there is none as far as the structure goes. It is among the seven wonders of the medieval world. The structure is a free standing bell tower, also known as a campanile, built in early twelfth century. (more…)

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08/Mar/2018

The beauty of the churches of Florence: hints of history and general indications

Florence is considered the Cradle of the Renaissance and hosts many unique architectural and artistic treasures.
Many of these treasures are contained in its very famous churches.

Just like all cities of medieval origins, Florence is also full of places of worship. Some of them are truly unmissable masterpieces and are visited daily by tourists coming from all over the world.

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28/Feb/2018

Trips in Tuscany: some tips on where to go and what to watch

Tuscany is a small yet beautiful place in central Italy with 23000, square kilometers in area. Tuscany is popular around the world because of its landscapes, natural beauty, tradition, history, culture and monuments. It is regarded as the birthplace Regarded as the origin of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany and has been home to many prominent and well- known figures in the history of art and science, and consists of great structures and place like the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace.

Tuscany is sometimes considered “a nation within a nation” because of the integrity the residents of the city hold. Tuscany has an immense cultural and artistic heritage, expressed in the region’s churches, palaces, art galleries, museums, villages, and piazzas.

The historic centre of Florence (in the year 1982); The Cathedral square of Pisa (in the year 1987); The historical centre of San Gimignano (in the year 1990); The historical centre of Siena (in the year 1995); The historical centre of Pienza(in the year 1996); The Val d’Orcia (in the year 2004), and the Medici Villas and Gardens (in the year 2013) have been regarded as the World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

Here are tips on few places you should not skip to visit on your trip to Tuscany:

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22/Feb/2018

Florence along the river: local and monuments of Florence that can be visited near the Florentine Lungarno

The River Arno following through the city of Florence divided the city into two major part,  the city North of River Arno and the city South of River Arno. Florentine Lungarno along the river bank is a hub of local places and historical monuments. There are few local places and historic monuments that you should not miss visiting when you are in Florence.

 

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