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Paradise lost

Let's talk about hidden Florence..! In the block where the Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) are, situated approximately between Via del Melarancio and Via del Giglio (from no. 29r to the portico with that magnificent front door that opens onto Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini) there was at one time an elegant residence, with a park that was so fairy-tale that it was known as ‘Gaddi’s Paradise’ (‘Paradiso dei Gaddi’).

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From Ognissanti to Cestello

There is a fine thread – never was there such a perfect definition..! - that links Piazza Ognissanti to Piazza del Cestello on the other side of the river Arno..! The Ognissanti church is a real Florentine jewel where we can admire masterpieces by Giotto, Sandro Botticelli (who is also buried there) and Domenico Ghirlandaio (Michelangelo's teacher..!).

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The ancient circle (“La cerchia antica”)

When we talk about the city walls of Florence we are usually referring to the impressive remains of those built by Arnolfo di Cambio, the sixth and last ‘circle’ (1284 - 1333), still clearly visible along Via di Belvedere and from Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square..!). Not many people however are aware that there are still evident signs, inside the city, of the previous five circles of walls which no longer stand..

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A Florentine cream

Florence is very well-known all over the world also thanks to its tasty, creamy, soft, sweet, fresh, genuine GELATO..! What does "gelato" actually mean? And what is the difference between an Italian gelato and a common ice-cream? "Gelato", which in Italian is a synonym for “ghiacciato”, literally means “frozen”. “Gelato” though, represents a softer, more fluid ice, than "ghiacciato", which is "icy" and makes one think more of hard ice.

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Is it real Marble that I'm looking at..?

If, when in Florence, you are craving to see the Renaissance masterpieces, you can do it spending really very little, avoiding annoying lines and having a worry-free and enjoyable time..! Choose to tour the Cenacoli, which are rooms in former convents and monasteries where friars, monks or nuns used to have their meals, decorated with murals depicting Jesus Christ and his Apostles at the Last Supper..!  The most famous one is Leonardo da Vinci's, in Milan..

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Diverging Paths

Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism was an absolutely fantastic exhibition hosted at Palazzo Strozzi a few years ago..! Let's discover some of the fascinating, original Florentine homes of several of the stunning paintings that were on display. Their stories are so interesting, so closely related to the most important Florentine monuments that you can discover taking my private walking tour of Florence..

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The Strozzi Chapel in Santa Maria Novella

Filippino Lippi, one of the most remarkable Renaissance painters, decorated one of the Santa Maria Novella church chapels with gorgeous murals, depicting stories of Saint Philip and Saint John the Evangelist. This chapel's patron was Filippo Strozzi, the magnificent and imposing Palazzo Strozzi's owner and donor.The Santa Maria Novella Strozzi chapel is a jubilant appearance of colours.

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