Valerie A. Russo, reporter for the Patriot Ledger Newspaper in Quincy, MA, included me in her article Merry Making on the value of hiring an interior decorator to deck your halls for the holidays. I also provided a list of do’s and don’ts for the sidebar: Designer’s Dozen.
Meaning “Old Bridge”, this current structure across the Arno River dates to 1334. A flood in 1333 destroyed the original wooden bridge. Filled with jewelry and gold shops today, this is one of the places to go when in Florence. Click here for more information.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Florence!
Santa Croce is a large Renaissance church that was built by a Franciscan order in honor of St. Francis. Because St. Francis eschewed unnecessary embellishmnents, the church is fairly simple for it’s era. It is, however, famous for who’s buried there. Galileo, Rossini, Dante Alighieri, and Michaelangelo. This is a photo of Michelangelo’s tomb. It … Read more
Photos aren’t allowed in the Galleria Uffizi – but I did sneak this one out of a ladies room window. Bella!
This room was beautiful in it’s over the top oppulence. Octagonal in shape, the floor was made up of many different marbles laid out to mimic the shape of the room. The walls are covered with dupiani silk. Not shown in this photo were beautiful tapestries hung high on the walls. In the center of … Read more
This famous image is a painting by Rosso Fiorentino entitled “Angelo musicante”. I saw it today at the Uffizi Gallery. We see this little cutie in many forms – posters, mugs, inspirational books. It’s telling that when I googled it – more art poster sites came up than scholarly websites. Like the “Mona Lisa”, it … Read more
One of the highlights of my trip to the Galleria Uffizi were the Botticelli’s – “La Primavera (Spring)” and “Birth of Venus”. Botticelli was one of the first painters of his time who painted scenes from Greek and Roman myths as opposed to soley biblical scenes. These two paintings are lovely depictions of beauty and … Read more
The next stop on my first day here in Florence was to the Galleria dell’Accademia, which is the home of Michelangelo’s DAVID. A little history courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art. “When in Rome at the end of the 15th Century, Michelangelo carved the first of his major works, the Bacchus (Florence, Bargello) and … Read more
Well, the first leg of my trip to Florence included a celebrity! World renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma was on board! I heard him paged in Boston but I didn’t see him until Frankfurt (I’m not traveling first class!) where he was being patted down by security. Ah – the life of celebrity. I’ve seen … Read more