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  • Time is inverted and the sun runs on the floor

    Time is inverted and the sun runs on the floor

    Santa Maria del Fiore casket of religiosity and works of art, also holds numbers, curiosities and scientific instruments. Filippo Brunelleschi was not only an architect but also an excellent mathematician and in his Dome, not only beautiful but also mysterious, there is a lot of hidden mathematics. In the numbers of its dimensions, we can…

  • Caruso, a neapolitan in Florence

    Caruso, a neapolitan in Florence

    “… This hillock is not earth, it is something unreal … When I come up here, I come because I need a spiritual recreation … “ Enrico Caruso was born in Naples on 25 February 1873 who, with his magnificent tenor voice, will bring the most beautiful melodies of Italian operas to the world. Acclaimed…

  • Curious roads and narrow streets around Zà Zà

    Curious roads and narrow streets around Zà Zà

    Around our restaurant, in Piazza del Mercato Centrale (Mercato Centrale Square), in the area of Piazza San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Square), a stone’s throw from the Florence Cathedral and the railway station, you can still read the ancient names of Florentine streets full of history and curiosities. Borgo La Noce is the road that connects…

  • The Befana arrives with the three Kings

    The Befana arrives with the three Kings

    After the night of the Yule Log (Christmas Eve), the Florentines passed by to celebrate December 30th, the day of Saint Fiorenzo (renamed Saint Florence) which, until 1749, was the last holiday of the year. In fact, in Florence the New Year was celebrated on March 25th, the day of the Annunciation. In the iconography…

  • The “Yule Log”

    The “Yule Log”

    Was the Christmas tree born in Florence? As in many European countries (Germany, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Spain and Portugal, United Kingdom, France, and also emigrated to the United States), for the Florentines…“Yule Log means Christmas”. But it also means “Christmas present” and “yule log” was also called the charity box, in front of the Madonna,…

  • Autumn in Tuscany has the flavor and aroma of new oil

    Autumn in Tuscany has the flavor and aroma of new oil

    A scent that can be smelled in the air The olive tree, together with cypresses and smooth hills, is one of the symbols of the Tuscan landscape, and the result of these plants is Made in Tuscany extra virgin olive oil. During these days in the Tuscan countryside, olives are harvested and pressed, an ancient…

  • 5 – 14 October 1582: the ten days that never existed

    5 – 14 October 1582: the ten days that never existed

    In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII issued the bull Inter Gravissimas with which he introduced the modification of the calendar that will take his name, the Gregorian Calendar. Until then, the Julian Calendar had been in force, introduced by Giulio Cesare in 46 BC. The modification was based on the calculations made by the Polish astronomer…

  • Florentine love stories: wishes and windows always open

    Florentine love stories: wishes and windows always open

    On the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, we cannot forget his love story, his most famous Florentine love story. Dante and Beatrice first met when they were just 9 years old. The meeting took place in the church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi (church where Beatrice Portinari’s family had her burials) and…

  • Go on vacation!

    Go on vacation!

    The term “villeggiare”(vacation) originated in Venice and Florence during the Renaissance to define the period of residence that nobles and wealthy gentlemen had at the country villas during the summer. The whole family moved to the villa to escape from the heat and miasma of the city where, in the streets of the center and…

  • From Via del Cocomero (watermelon) to the Horto (vegetable garden) dei Semplici

    From Via del Cocomero (watermelon) to the Horto (vegetable garden) dei Semplici

    The first street on the left from Piazza del Duomo (today via Ricasoli) was called “Via del Cocomero” until 1847. The strange name, which for the Florentines indicates what throughout Italy is called “Watermelon”, is due to the large crops of watermelon and pumpkins that were from the cathedral to the field where there is…