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Tuscany. Homeland of wine, invents the first D.O.C.

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It was thanks to the Greeks (who introduced the grapevine in Italy in the eighth century B.C.), that the Etruscans, a hardworking and joyful people, appreciated the vitis vinifera, and its product, the wine! Not only that, while the Greeks excluded women from banquets and the consumption of wine, the Etruscans instead loved to toast…

Too much grace, Saint Anthony! (Italian way of saying)

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In Via dello Studio (Studio Street) 25 there is a tower house. Above the entrance, a plaque and a terracotta bust remind us that this was the birthplace of Antonio Pierozzi (1389-1459), Dominican, prior of San Marco, theologian, scholar and archbishop of Florence, made a saint in 1523. Better known as Saint Anthony because of…

February 1883. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood …

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“Once upon a time … A king! – My little readers will immediately say. No, guys, you were wrong. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood … “ It can be said that the most famous puppet in the world was born in Florence. Its author is Carlo Lorenzini, born on November…

Frozen and Ice boxes

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In this period, even in Florence and its surroundings, as in many other parts of Tuscany and Italy, temperatures hover around 0 degrees. A few centuries ago this was the right time to stock up on ‘freshness’ for the summer. In Florence it was the Medici who expressed the desire to follow the new fashion…

Two thousand – 21

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Here we are, this horrible year 2020 is finally over. What awaits us next year? “We will discover it only by living” as Lucio Battisti sang with the words of Mogol: … Who knows, who knows who you are Who knows who you will be Who knows what will become of us We will find…

The power of book: emotions, travel and sharing

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Here, it happened again, almost as suddenly as it happened to “that honest brigade” of the Decameron, we find ourselves closed at home, safe from the disease, and committed to inventing a way to manage time and learn from this moment too . Not being able to take a plane, a train or a car…

Discontent and happy: they meet outside the door

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“Malcontenti” (malcontenti means discontent) and “Allegri” (Allegri means happy) are two ancient streets of Florence that cross in the Santa Croce district. Via dei Malcontenti, formerly Via della Giustizia, recalls the state of mind of those who walked it before being executed. Those condemned to death were escorted in chains from the Bargello towards Piazza…

The Pope’s present to Florence

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Justice at the top of the Column The eastern granite column of the Terme di Caracalla arrived in Piazza Santa Trinita on September 26, 1563. Cosimo I de ‘Medici had wanted it precisely in that spot, at the crossroads between via Tornabuoni, via delle Terme, and Borgo SS. Apostoli, on 2nd August 1554 he learned…

Arno, not only silver

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The Arno is the heart, soul and damnation of Florence. It is at the same time a place of separation and union, of games and shows. It carries whispers and threats, wealth and death, furiously embraces it and devastates it with its silty entry into the city. It is the waterway that intimately links the…