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
A historical blog about the Last Supper painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio in Ognissanti Church in Florence, Italy.
Seeing art where it was first meant to shine—in situ—is a moving experience. In Italy, many of the greatest works of art were designed for churches. Rich patrons, to show off their beneficence…and wealth, funded artists to fresco chapels, design tombs, create altarpieces, and adorn churches in ecclesiastical splendor. One of my favorite things to… Continue reading The Best Churches in Florence, Italy
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
As my regular readers know, I love traveling to historical spots that allow me to sample good food. Eat to live or live to eat? I’m definitely in the latter category. Engaging with a culture through its culinary delights is a great way to get to know a place and have an immersive travel experience.… Continue reading Historic Food Markets in Florence: Mercato Centrale & Sant’Ambrogio Market