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On the Art Gallery Trail in Florence - Uffizi Gallery

No city other than Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time: from the 1300s through the 1500s. 12,821 more words

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Brunelleschi's Dome

This dome is much better! It’s made of chocolate! Hee, hee!

The story of the construction of Florence cathedral and its cupolone, or big dome, is an epic drama as well as one of the most important chapters in the history of Western architecture. 15,592 more words

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The Medici - Godfathers of the Renaissance


Very exciting! The story is about to start!

The fame of Florence today as a capital of the arts still rests mainly on the achievements of its artists in the fifteenth century. 5,629 more words

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Theatrum Mundi

This week ABC Classic FM is exploring some of the music from the Medici wedding of 1589. The music was composed for the wedding by court composers Christofano Malvezzi and Luca Marenzio, Emilio de’ Cavalieri, Giulio Caccini, Mathias Werrecore and Jacopo Peri. 1,192 more words

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Dafne at Palazzo Corsi

The splendid Palazzo Corsi Salviatti in Via Tornabuoni conceals a series of curious historical facts that are still relatively unknown to the general public. These include the fact of having been built around a piazza, the apartments of the “Flash Pope” and the room where the very first opera in the world was held, making this one of the most original buildings ever to be erected in Florentine Renaissance style. 1,262 more words

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The Journey is About to Begin

Check back in a few days when we embark on our next adventure.

Europe 2010