Holiday Madness – Call in a Professional

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.

Ciao Italia – The Pontevecchio

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.

Ciao Italia – Santa Croce

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

Ciao Italia – A little angel makes a big noise

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

Ciao Italia – Visiting the Galleria Uffizi

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

Ciao Italia – The most bella man!

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

On the road to Florence!

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