Off the beaten track in central Italy

a day in Città della Pieve  in Umbria Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Florence, Pisa, Siena or Lucca can get really crowded during the high season between April and September. While many of us dream of a relaxing holiday, far from the crowds, everyday rush and confusion, often this […]

Contemporary art in Florence

The Roberto Casamonti Collection Florence, the cradle of Renaissance, every year attracts millions of visitors because of its medieval and Early Modern art and architecture. Florence is the city of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci and the Florentine museums house some of the greatest masterpieces of European modern art, paintings by Titian, Rembrandt and Rubens. […]

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 the […]