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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…

Giotto, Cimabue and the colors

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Who doesn’t remember the colored pencils kept in the case of the school folder and in the wooden box of the home desk? A flash: a child who draws a sheep on a rock observed by an adult … It was the little shepherd Giotto, discovered by Cimabue, the teacher who from the country of…

Beauty, to start again

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Everyone says “Let’s start again”, we prefer to say “LET’S START AGAIN and start WITH BEAUTY”. To put it in Dante’s words: Ye were not form’d to live the life of brutes, But virtue to pursue and knowledge high. (Dante’s Inferno – Canto XXVI) Let us then follow our virtue and our knowledge. Let’s start…

Cooking with leftover

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Even and perhaps especially in times like this, our fridge is populated with small and large quantities of advanced food but also with foods that generate “leftovers” for the sole reason that to cook them, they are peeled. Have you ever thought that you can cook carrot peels or artichoke leaves and make delicious dishes?…

It is time to reflect on this word: TIME

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As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in the Little Prince: It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important. So no fear, let’s quietly spend the time it takes to change things, to improve them. And we learn to measure time. Florence has repeatedly “measured” time both with culture, philosophy, literature,…

For Carnasciale (Carnival), meat in abundance

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It is Carnival time or “carnasciale“ as they said in Florence. “Joyful” days in which it is allowed to exaggerate, having fun and eating … then Lent arrives. The same term “carnival” reminds us of the origin of this festival, from the Latin carnem levare, but it also seems that “carnasciale” is the evolution and…

Tuscan singers at Sanremo 2020 and more…

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This year eight Tuscan singers have been to San Remo 2020, two women and six men. FRANCESCO GABBANI already at his third Festival after two hits, “Amen” in the young category (2016) and then “Occidentali’s Karma” in the category of “The Big” (2017) thus becoming the first singer in the history of the Sanremo Festival…

Born in Florence: the ‘italian theater’ and the telephone

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In 1657 the Teatro della Pergola was inaugurated in 1834 Meucci created an “acoustic telephone” On behalf of the Accademia degli Immobili, chaired by Cardinal Giovan Carlo de ‘Medici, a wooden structure theater was erected in Florence near a vineyard owned by the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. The theater took the name of Teatro…

To make good Eggnog: eggs, sugar, cinnamon and sweet wine

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The oldest “recipe” comes from Naples, with a manuscript from the second half of the ‘400, which today is kept at the Pierpont Morgan Library in NY: To make for serves of eggnog, take twelve egg yolk, three ounce of sugar, half ounce of cinnamon, one liter of sweet wine, and let it cook so…