Three Renaissance paintings of the Annunciation story from Christianity. Sandro Botticelli, Fra Angelico, and Leonardo da Vinci are the artists portrayed in this quick overview of three phenomenal artworks found in Florence, Italy.
The Arno River cuts through Florence, dividing the historic center of the Italian city from the less-touristy Oltrarno side. For centuries, trade along the river fueled Florence’s commerce and, thus, its prosperity. Beautiful bridges, including one designed by Ammannati (with Michelangelo’s help perhaps), crossing the river were designed in a manner fitting the waterway's importance.… Continue reading Florence Must-See…Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Travel reminds us how small the world really is. We’ve had numerous encounters where we met people from our home state or local area. I once even ran into my college’s Vice-President of Finance in a bathroom at the vast complex that is the Vatican Museums! But the best of these happenstances occurred when a… Continue reading Things to Do in Florence: Museo San Marco
Shopping in Florence is a historian's delight. Artisans practice crafts perfected over centuries. You can stop by their workshops and see them in action. At numerous markets throughout the city, vendors honor their city's past selling at outdoor stalls as merchants did long ago. Stores that have been around for ages offer timeless treasures. Shopkeepers… Continue reading Things to Do in Florence: Shopping
On our most recent trip to Florence, Jon and I had the fun of using an app called Hidden Florence to take guided walks throughout the city. This great technology really heightened our sightseeing! The app takes one on a historical adventure of Florence attractions across the city. The guide, Giovanni, is a 1490s wool… Continue reading Things to Do in Florence: ‘Hidden Florence’ Walks