Medieval Florence was enclosed in curtain walls that contained today's historical center. In the last century, restructuring brought the city to be the capital of the Kingdom of Italy and the city walls were demolished, with the exclusion of the gates.The entire line on the right bank of the Arno was replaced with the actual Avenues of circumrotation. The part of city situated on the left bank of the river Arno, called 'Oltrarno', still has notable traces of the city walls. Today the goal of restructuring will bring the reopening of some lines of the watch walk, from which it will be possible to enjoy a new vision of the historical beauties of the city.
Via dei Biffi is a tiny little street 100 meters from the Duomo, so small it’s almost unnoticeable, nestled between Via Ricasoli and Via Martelli.It’s really little more than a passageway between the two larger, crowded streets of the city center. However, if you happen to pass there at 6:30 pm on a Sunday, you can hear music coming out of the windows at Via dei Biffi, 1.
At the heart of this district lies the magnificent Piazza Santissima Annunziata, a beautiful space dominated by the presence of the elegant SS.Annunziata Church. This church originally stood outside the second circle of city walls. Between 1444 and 1481 Michelozzo, Pagno Portinari and Antonio Manetti (with suggestions from the architect Alberti) remodelled it into its present form.The facade has a portico that rests on Corinthian columns and the central portal leads to the Chiostrino dei Voti (1447), a scenic space with lunettes frescoed by Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, and Andrea del Sarto (1511-1513). Also to be admired is Volterrano's magnificent coffered ceiling (1664)... What we're saying is, if you live in this district you can't miss a visit to this church (come on, we're not asking you to go to Sunday morning mass!...)
Sunday May 24, at 9.00 pm, Patty Smith, poetess of Rock, will make a reading from Michgelangelo’s poetry on sin and desire in the tribuna of the Academy Gallery of Florence, where Michelangelo’s original stone carving “David” is on permanent display, as well as his unfinished slaves
San Lorenzo, for the Florentines is synonymous with 'market'. The biggest open market of the city is, in fact, located here. In the colourful and noisy San Lorenzo market it's possible to find a wide choice of leather jacket and bags, jeans, t-shirts, shoes…everything of reasonably good quality and at reasonable prices.Even if you don't plan to spend hours shopping we suggest that to visit the market all the same, just to enjoy browsing. Naturally, watch out for pickpockets here.
I-florence.com suggests to all the Italian and International students that live in Florence to consider seriously this list before planning a trip up and down the 'Belpaese' (as Italy is also called in Italian) or along the wonderful Tuscan landscapes...
Open-air markets are a great place to get fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Le Cascine Market is one of Florence's famous markets located along the Arno River.It is open every Tuesday morning from 8 am until 2 pm. Vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, flowers, housewares, clothing, jewelry, shoes, and bags.
Piazza Santa Croce is an excellent example of a quintessential 'Renaissance square', where perfect and impressive architectural geometry has been designed around the life of the community and its citizens. Here man is not dominated by the church and architecture but is, rather, at the center of the scene. Piazza Santa Croce, almost all year long filled with hundreds of tourists, represents the natural landmark for all the area, either by day or by night. Due to the beauty of the piazza, its monuments and its main streets, Santa Croce is one of the major tourist centers of the town. It's important nevertheless to point out that the district.....