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  • "What is done is done"

    This killing was the beginning of the civil florentine war between the aristocratic families factions of the city: Guelphs against ghibellines.
  • Florence Feasts S. John Baptist

    Florence Feasts S. John Baptist

    The last match of the traditional football game will be held In the afternoon at 5.00 p.m. in Piazza Santa Croce
  • The traditional florentine football game

    The traditional florentine football game

    At the end of the match the Florentine population answers "Viva Fiorenza" to the exhortation of the captain of the district who says; "Shout with me, Florence hurrah!".
  • Did Florence receive a gift from Pisa

    Did Florence receive a gift from Pisa

    As the saying goes: " Florence is blind and Pisa is a traitor" Event the famous poet Dante Alighieri in his Comedy says Florence is renowned to be a too-confident city. Read the passage of the Hell (XV, 67)!
  • The stone of the outrage

    The stone of the outrage

    From 1282 priors were representatives of the seven Major guilds: they fighted against the old aristocratic families revenging an active role of trade in Florence.
  • A grass hopper cage.

    A grass hopper cage.

    Michelangelo wanted a prominent frame without a gallery: an essemptial, simple architecture to accentuate the size of the dome!
  • Galileo Galilei kneels in front of the church

    Galileo Galilei kneels in front of the church

    In 1632 the scientist published his "Discorso sui massimi sistemi" and he risked to be burnt at the stake: in his treaty he supported Copernico's eliocentric theory against the geocentric one supported by the church
  • Unusual statues decorate Boboli Garden

    Unusual statues decorate Boboli Garden

    Statues with the symbols of the Medici are everywhere: the Capricorn, a turtle with a sail and Neptune the god of sea, all refer to Cosimo I the granduke who married Eleonora in 1539.
  • Two particolar details in

    Two particolar details in

    Giorgio Vasari and Giovanni Stradano painted the "Arrival of the Pope In Florence" between 1555-1562. It is now preserved inside Palazzo Vecchio, in a room entitled to Leo X that completely tells us about his life.
  • Were was Dante Buried?

    Were was Dante Buried?

    Enrico Pazzi decorated even the base of the statue with four heraldic lions symbol of the Florentine Republic. The sculptor and his subject are united by a strange circumstance: Dante was born in Florence and died...
  • Michelangelo and the secret room in the New Sacristy

    Michelangelo and the secret room in the New Sacristy

    The artist drew even his self-portrait depicting the attitude of an imprisoned man. Nobody thought he was hidden in the holy place of the Medici family, the new Sacisty he was sculpting since 1520 for the pope he hated..
  • Do you know a secret passage?

    Do you know a secret passage?

    In 1877 the secret passage was accessible: four thousands and five hundreds of people crossed it paying twenty-five cents each one!
  • A XVII century giant in a secret garden in Florence!

    A XVII century giant in a secret garden in Florence!

    The monster imprisoned Ulysses and his friends in a grotto to eat them.The hero cheated him offering some wine he had brought as a gift. While the giant was quenching his thirst Ulysses blinded him
  • The particular self-portrait of Giuseppe Cassioli

    The particular self-portrait of Giuseppe Cassioli

    It's a little bit strange because the Cathedral and the three doors too are entirely dedicated to the Virgin Mary. No, not at all because the artist wants to tell us the terrible experience he lived in 1885.
  • What is a grotesque decoration

    What is a grotesque decoration

    This is the reason why you find grotesques in Florentine museums: in the Uffizi gallery, in Boboli garden, in Palazzo Vecchio and so on.
  • Girolamo Savonarola was burnt at the stake

    Girolamo Savonarola was burnt at the stake

    The famous painter Sandro Botticelli destroyed some of his works representing nudes. Savonarola condemned the excess and he preached against luxury and opulence of the church.
  • The terrestrial and celestial Gods in Palazzo Vecchio.

    The terrestrial and celestial Gods in Palazzo Vecchio.

    The wonderful decorations on the ceilings were commissioned by Cosimo I to Giorgio Vasari and his equipe in 1550s when the duke imposed his government establishing in the city-hall of Florence with his family.