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.
Just thinking about eating the Tuscan food found in Florence, Italy gets my mouth watering. The regional dishes served there are worth replacing my fitted wardrobe with sweatpants and oversized shirts. Florence is—without a doubt—my favorite food city in the world! Since I was a child, Italian cuisine has been my favorite and no matter… Continue reading Best Restaurants in Florence, Italy 2019
Eating in a local Italian trattoria is surely one of life’s greatest pleasures. I’ve been fortunate to find many restaurants in Florence and Rome where the owners treat Jon and I like treasured guests with the food continuously coming and the wine flowing. As the time grows near for our annual sojourn to Italy, I… Continue reading Eating Your Way Through a Four-Course Meal in 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