Tag Archives: Renaissance

simonetta vespucci: renaissance it girl

This Sunday is International Women’s Day. Florence will be treating the ladies with yellow flowers (mimosas) and free access to all civic museums. Meg and I, at Florence for Free, will be celebrating by admiring the short, yet legendary life, of a favorite Florentine girl crush. Artists called her their muse, noblemen jousted for her affections, poets likened her […]

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 […]

piazza santissima annunziata

When my mind wanders it always ends up in the same place – Florence. In fact, I might consider myself a master Florentine fantasizer. In some daydreams I’m flashing my black card all over Via Tornabuoni. Others involve a declaration of love on the Ponte Vecchio at sunset. Of course my favorite is Meg and […]

the capponi chapel

Mannerism: an artistic style of art popular in the mid-16th century that is undeniably weird but also totally awesome Ok, so I didn’t get that definition out of my old Art History textbook, but that’s pretty much it. And if you don’t believe me take a stroll over to the Oltrarno to check out the […]

traces of florence

From an ancient Roman development to one of Fodor’s top European destinations, the city of Florence has donned many hats throughout the centuries. In a city teeming with so many titles how can you possibly keep it all straight? Lucky for you the Palazzo Vecchio’s temporary exhibition, Traces of Florence, is here to help you […]

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 […]

neighborhood crawl: sant’ ambrogio

Although we don’t like to admit it, there are moments in Italy when we question the authenticity of the scene around us. In cities where tourism is so tightly intertwined with everyday life, it can often be difficult to separate the sincere from the staged. Now don’t get me wrong, I am the first to […]