Two women leaving soft footprints through city streets, country roads, and green mountain paths. Two friends with backgrounds in Fine Art Restoration and Art History who share an appreciation for simple pleasures and a passion for introducing others to Florence and beyond.
Angelica Turi - Tuscan, Licensed Environmental Guide. Elizabeth Namack - American, Licensed Tour Guide for Florence and Province
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Feast of St John the Baptist, coincides this year with two other important events in the same day: the historical football game, "Calcio in Costume" and the Europe championship soccer game : Italy against the UK.
The choice of St. John as the patron saint of Florence occurred during the Lombard domination (from VI-VII century), after the complete conversion of the city to Christianity. It is in this period that the Baptistery was built, legend indicating above the ruins of a pagan temple dedicated to Mars. Since then it became the religious center of the city.
Usually after sunset the battlements of Palazzo Vecchio are lit by candles and around 10 pm the "Fochi" are shot from the Piazzale Michelangelo. All the private terraces on building rooftops are animated by friends and family parties, enjoying the fireworks show with a cool drink “al fresco”… Those who do not have such luck go on the Lungarno, or on the bridge of Santa Trinità to enjoy the show from a different perspective, but equally fascinating... from below, where the fires seem to fall directly down on you.
When the show is over, the inevitable Florentine comments and questions begin: How were the fireworks this year? Last year the firework show was better than this year!... From the firework show we can tell that there is the crisis .. The municipality has not spent that much for San Giovanni
Monday, June 18, 2012
These monsters with their strange, distorted faces (very Mannerist) are called Mostaccini, perhaps in reference to their strange moustaches. Imagine water slowly running down this fountain and there you have it- a drinking trough to lure birds in- who would later be hunted by our Medici Dukes and their guests.
The end of the Cypress Lane brings you to the Island Pond (Vasca dell’Isola). The pond itself is made up of a large oval basin with a small island in the center. Surrounding the area is holm oak with various sculptures from the 17th century depicting peasants or hunters, according to the aesthetic sense of the time and the bucolic nature of the garden.
Access to the pond is through two gates upheld by marble Capricorns (symbolising Cosimo I de’ Medici).
In the middle is a statue of the God Ocean. Surrounding Ocean are potted citrus trees which were so special to the Medicis. This family was the first to collect citrus fruit in potted vases, as they do not normally grow in Tuscany (the winters are too cold). So the plants were considered extravagant and exotic. The citrus plants were moved inside in the colder months, into special buildings built for this purpose called a “limonaia”.
Monday, June 11, 2012
|Ponte a Cappiano|
|Fucecchio' marshland|| |
The recent history of the area, is instead linked sadly in a Nazi massacre of 1944, where 175 civilians were killed. San Miniato was the family home of Napoleone Bonaparte. The film directors Fratelli Taviani are also from here, who have shot many famous movies on World War II in various locations in Tuscany.
- Posted by Angelica
Monday, June 4, 2012
|Views from Praiano, on the Amalfi Coast|