Category Archives: Firenze

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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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 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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Enrico Fermi in Florence

Enrico Fermi (Nobel prize in physics 1938) is worldwide recognized as one of the greatest scientists of any time. After Galileo Galilei, Alessandro Volta and Guglielmo Marconi, he is without doubt the italian physicist who gave the most important contributions … Continue reading

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The last days of Giacomo Puccini

Puccini was a heavy smoker of cigarettes and cigars. In February 1924, while composing his last opera Turandot in Viareggio, he began to suffer from sore throat, and in March it developed with cough and hoarseness. The previous summer, while … Continue reading

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Florentine typical expressions (part 8)

It’s time for part eight of Florentine typical expressions! 1) ‘un se ne pòle più, it means we can’t take it anymore (it’s enough). Pole in florentine is the third singular person of the verb potére (can). Spèngi la televisione, … Continue reading

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The birth of Dante

When Dante Alighieri was born? We have few informations about his life, but we can try to reconstruct the story from direct or indirect accounts. There is strong evidence that Dante was born in Florence, in the quarter of Porta … Continue reading

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