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I present the mallow

In Piazza Santissima Annunziata, a curious character is known by all Florentines, a man between forty and fifty years old, known as Malva. The legends about him are known through anecdotes and stories of friends and acquaintances, who surely invent, fantasize,...

Machiavellical temptations, between business and deviations

A serious, determined man, pungent for the cold determination with which he pursued political and literary theories, Niccolò Machiavelli is the emblem of the serious thinker, bent over his books, actively engaged in the cultural and political debate of his years. A...

Chronicle of Florentine stories. The column of Piazza dei Ciompi

[...] In art, beauty is like tears in the theater: without pain and without life, and therefore must be stimulated and supplied by the imagination. JOHANN J. WINCKELMANN, The feeling of beauty In the ancient, and today prized, area of ​​Sant'Ambrogio, about 300 meters...

Tuscany. Art under the sky and in the kitchen. La Finocchiona

There are two main functions of life: the nutrition and propagation of the species. PELLEGRINO ARTUSI Whoever happened to be in Florence, even if just passing through, will certainly have noticed a perennial aroma of boiled meat and spices in the air, something very...

In the district of Baldracca

Osterias, brothels, an infamous, degraded place, a popular quarter of medieval Florence, with its narrow streets, squares and squalls, this was the area where today the prestigious and wealthy Uffizi, an urban sector degraded from the point of view, rise building and...

Bullet Square

Piazza delle Pallottole overlooks Piazza del Duomo between Via del Proconsolo and Via dello Studio. Compared to the current dimensions, rather contained, once the square had a greater surface; was reduced during the nineteenth century with the enlargement of Piazza...

Tiziano Terzani: a Florentine spirit of the world

Thanks to his eyes, his words, his stories we have known distant worlds, different cultures, unexplored; his thirst for travel, for discovery, his intensely lived life, put us in the baggage of his worlds, among thoughts, reportages, articles and novels, with which,...

The Hunchback of Peretola

There is no tourist traveling to and from Florence who does not know the name of Peretola. It is there that the customer, the business man, the traveler, will arrive or depart, because in this suburb of the western suburbs of Florence, the city airport rises, with its...

Smell of leather

I do not know a city without knowing its smell, without grasping its distinctive essence, which among a thousand with my eyes closed would make me recognize, relive, among its smells and its flavors. The smell of wet earth, of freshly baked bread, of steaming sauces...

For those who ring the bells

"Also sound your trumpets that we would play our bells." Thus, in 1494, the then Gonfaloniere of Florence Pier Capponi responded to the threats of the King of France Henry IV. At that juncture the Florentine bells did not need to ring, but we know with certainty that...