Off the beaten track in Florence, Italy – the park of Pratolino

a day between nature and art If you are tired of crowds in the centre of Florence, get on the bus and visit the park of Pratolino, once one of the most magnificent Medici’s villas, today a beautiful green area where nature meets with art. The villa of Pratolino and the vast park surrounding it […]

5 Beaches near Florence

Where to take a break at the seaside near Florence.   It’s hot! This week the temperature in Florence reached 38°C (100°F). The city starts to shut down for the summer break. In Italy, August is for most Italians the month of family holidays. Schools, universities, industries but also many services are closed, and people […]

Santa Croce Church in Florence

Art, history and Franciscan spirituality     Florence is so much more than the Uffizi Gallery! Almost at every corner the city surprises you with yet another little treasure: a statue, a tabernacle or some beautiful frescoes. And then, there are the Florentine churches which preserve countless masterpieces, traces of long and prosperous history of […]

The Gardens of Florence

a walk through the Oltrarno   It’s springtime! Finally! We’ve been waiting for so long! This winter seemed endless, it was cold and even snowy, and we were waiting for the spring more than ever. Finally, here it is, with its colours and scents! Spring is the best time for walks and hikes and with […]

Textiles and wealth in fourteenth-century Florence at the Accademia Gallery

exhibition review Florence is undoubtedly the city of fashion. It’s a hometown to Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo and every year it hosts the famous fashion show “Pitti”. Many students from all over the world come to Florence to study fashion at one of the prestigious schools located in the city, such as the famous Polimoda. […]