Tag Archives: leonardo da vinci

Walking Tour: The Living Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is intrinsically tied to France. Paris has claimed her as their own and rightfully so. Leonardo himself brought her to France when he went to work in the court of King Francis I. But Mona Lisa is not French at all. She’s Florentine. And while her portrait will likely never leave the Louvre, the […]

the basilica of santo spirito

I go to Santo Spirito in search of trinkets at artisan markets. I go to Santo Spirito on Sunday afternoons to bask on the sunny steps of the church, with a few good friends and a Gusta Panino. I go when I find myself in an outfit that I am proud to say pushes my […]

david on the duomo florence italy

walking tour: michelangelo’s david on display

Guys, I have a confession to make. I used to live in the San Marco neighborhood, and anytime I needed to head into city center I’d practically skip down the cobblestones of Via Ricasoli towards the Duomo. But my gait would slow when I’d pass the long line of people snaking around the block. Tourists […]

castagno-apollonia

cenacolo crawl: florence’s last supper scenes

Thanksgiving! A heartwarming day when a beautiful feast is enjoyed and celebrated with family and friends. The holiday is distinctly American, but the tradition of gathering to share an important meal long outlives our young country. In the Christian tradition, Jesus shared a Passover meal with friends where he gave thanks; unfortunately, it took a […]

walking tour: frightening florence

Do you ever wonder what happens when Florence sleeps? After the tourists retire to their hotels, museums lock their doors and the street vendors roll up their carts? What lurks in the abandoned alleys and behind the bolted doors of the palazzi? Ok, ok, clearly I’m getting into the Halloween spirit. But with a TV […]

photo by Hannah

piazza della signoria part 1

Piazza della Signoria – duh. If you left your Florence trip planning in the hands of a kindergartner he or she would make this piazza the first stop on your itinerary. So why are Meg and I, two seasoned Florentine explorers, telling you about something your 5-year-old nephew could? Because let’s be honest, if you’re the […]

beheading of st. john the baptist from evanscoxfamily on flickr

il chiostro dello scalzo

There’s nothing Hannah and I love more than a creepy tomb, peculiar work of art, or good conspiracy theory. Considering we’ve already covered our favorite cemetery and the graves of some famous artists, you should be fair warned of our love for the slightly ghoulish. Luckily Mannerist forerunner Andrea del Sarto also had an affinity for […]