Ghosts of Florence and Other Spooky Spots in Italy
Art, History & Culture

Ghosts of Florence and Other Spooky Spots in Italy

Although I have thankfully never encountered a ghost during my late-night/early-morning wanderings, in a country as old as Italy they are bound to be there, lurking in shadowed vicoli (alleys), peering down from finestre (windows), nascosto in piena vista (hiding in plain sight). Such is the case for these popular spots for visitors to Florence…perhaps you’ve “haunted” some … Continue reading

Reads for Renaissance Lovers
Art, History & Culture / Books

Reads for Renaissance Lovers

Whether categorized as a collection or a fascination/obsession, one topic which is well represented in my home library is the Renaissance. I tend to purchase a book or two during my travels, sparked by something amazing I’ve seen and unable to resist the always strategically placed gift shops. Examples: Above: Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King is a must-read … Continue reading

Reads for Renaissance Lovers: Just the Lists
Art, History & Culture / Books

Reads for Renaissance Lovers: Just the Lists

For an extended version of this post which includes book summaries and thoughts from your reviewer, please click here. 15 Renaissance Reads Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King Leonardo and The Last Supper by Ross King Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King (detecting a pattern, here?) … Continue reading

Coming in February
Art, History & Culture / Italy

Coming in February

Here’s what I’m polishing up for the blog in February; so excited to be writing about one of my favorite topics: The Italian Renaissance! Tuesday’s A Snapshot From Series featuring Florence (naturalmente 🙂) Book Love: Recommended reading for all who love the Renaissance (or want to learn more) Renaissance History: A closer look at Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, … Continue reading

Snapshots from Florence: The Ponte Vecchio
A Snapshot From / Art, History & Culture / Florence / Travel Notes

Snapshots from Florence: The Ponte Vecchio

Il Ponte Vecchio “Water under the bridge” is a common English saying. In Italian one would say acqua passata non macina più, literally translated as water gone no longer roils. Regardless the language, the water under this famous bridge is the river Arno, which it has spanned for centuries. The Ponte Vecchio is one of my … Continue reading