Giardino di Boboli Florence
Giardino di Boboli or the Boboli Garden is located behind the Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace) in Florence, within the region of Tuscany, Italy. When Eleanor of Toledo, wife of The Duke of Florence, bought the Pitti Palace from the Pitti family, she envisioned this garden behind the palace. Her husband, Cosimo I di Medici,... Read more
Torre di Federico II San Miniato
On top of the hills between Florence and Pisa, in the region of Tuscany, Italy, lies a small town named San Miniato. From its high vantage point, it presides over the lower Arno valley, nestled between the valleys of Egola and Elsa. This town has been around since medieval times and is rich in... Read more
Palaia
Are you fond of natural beauty? Do you love to learn about different art and culture? Or just looking for a peaceful getaway? The quaint and quiet little village of Palaia, located in the heart of the province of Pisa is a Tuscan treat for all. Having very few neighboring localities and set high... Read more
San Gimignano
Developed from an Etruscan settlement, the medieval walled town of San Gimignano is located in the heart of the Elsa valley in the province of Siena, in the region of Tuscany, Italy. Nestled into its high position in the hills, its 14 towers provide this town with a unique skyline that can beat any... Read more
David di Michelangelo
Michelangelo Buonarroti’s ‘David’ has been hailed as a Renaissance masterpiece and the work of an artistic genius. The statue, sculpted from a leftover block of Carrara marble between 1501 and 1504 when Michelangelo was in his late twenties, towers at a height of 17 feet and represents David about to slay the giant... Read more
Cimitero degli Inglesi Florence
The Cimitero Degli Inglesi, or the English Cemetery, is a popular place to visit in Florence, and it has an interesting history. Before 1827, if a non-Catholic or non-Jew were to die in Florence, the only place that they would be able to be buried was in Livorno. However, in 1827, the Swiss Evangelical... Read more
Palazzo Pitti Florence
Palazzo Pitti was purchased in 1550 by Eleonora, wife of Cosimo I de’Medici, but it wasn’t the official home of the Medici family until many decades later. The original Palazzo Pitti looked nothing like the stately palace visitors see today as Eleonora and Cosimo considered themselves interior designers and undertook some major renovations.... Read more
Piazza Signoria Florence
The large L-shaped Piazza della Signoria is one of the most popular squares in central Florence both for visiting tourists and as a place for local Florentines to meet and gather. The piazza is full of important and beautiful statuary as well as being surrounded by a host of buildings of enormous cultural significance.... Read more
Forte Belvedere Florence
Located high above the Giardino di Boboli and Palazzo Pitti, the Forte Belvedere boasts some of the best views of Florence. Commissioned by Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici and designed by architect Bernardo Buontalenti during 1590-1595, Forte Belvedere is not your typical fort. As well as protecting the Medici treasury, the... Read more
Piazza Santa Maria Novella Florence
This peaceful piazza is named for its church, Santa Maria Novella, which sits grandly in the eastern corner of the square. Originally designed by two Dominican friars, the church began construction in the early 13th century, but took until the mid 14th century until it was finally completed. Two further revamps in the 16th... Read more