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The Stendhal Syndrome

The hospital of Santa Maria Nuova is the oldest active hospital in Florence. It was founded in 1288 by Folco Portinari, Beatrice‘s father (Dante‘s muse and inspiration). The building retains a significant historical and artistic value, and contains works by … Continue reading

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November 29, 1924: Giacomo Puccini dies

It all started in February 1924 with a sore throat that at first you had probably not given importance to. But, despite the remedies proposed by the doctors, that sordid disease did not heal. Then they told you that you … Continue reading

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Remembering Enrico Fermi

Enrico Fermi was born in Rome on Sunday September 29, 1901. During high school, he developed a deep interest in physics. He was then suggested by a colleague of his father, engineer Adolfo Amidei, to take the admission test for … Continue reading

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To Giuseppe Verdi

10 Ottobre Hai cantato la gioia e la tristezza, l’amore e il dolore, l’esaltazione e il terrore, l’amicizia e l’inimicizia, la generosità e l’egoismo, la speranza e la disperazione, la vita e la morte. Hai riscattato gli umili, difeso i … Continue reading

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June 24 in Florence and Leonardo da Vinci

In the Codex Atlanticus (folio 673 recto) we find the last dated annotation from Leonardo da Vinci: “A 24 di giugno il dì di san Giovanni 1518 in Ambosa nel palazzo del Clu” (“On 24th of June St. John’s Day … Continue reading

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The birth of Opera in Florence

Do you like the Opera? Do you know that it was born in Florence? The story starts with the Camerata de’ Bardi, a group of humanists and musicians active in Florence since January 14 1573. Their members used to meet … Continue reading

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Manzoni in Florence and the national language issue

Alessandro Manzoni is one of the most prominent figures of the Italian literature, and the author of the famous masterwork I promessi Sposi. Manzoni is regarded as the italian writer who gave the decisive contribution for the foundation of the … Continue reading

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The birth of Freemasonry in Florence

Everyone knows that Florence is a city of art and beauty, but it happens to be also a city of…mistery. Freemasonry is an organisation which dates back its origins from the operative stone masons who built cathedrals and castles in … Continue reading

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The florentine side of the Euro coins

Today I was thinking about money. But not about money in the trivial sense of making money, instead I was reflecting about the semantic aspect of money. More precisely which message does a coin carry with itself, apart from its … Continue reading

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The insurrection of Florence (update)

There is an update about the liberation of Florence occurred on August 11 1944, during World War II. It is well known that the nazis, on the night of August 3 1944, mined all the five bridges (Ponte San Niccolò, … Continue reading

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