Tribute to Italy! Grazie Steve McCurry!

Italy as protected area day 36. Photography is one of my greatest passions and the National Geographic cover with the Afghan Girl made by Steve MacCurry is one of my favourite pictures ever. McCurry loves Italy, he has worked for many Italian magazines so he collected many pictures to tribute it, creating this video “Tribute […]

The Little Fisherman

(a bronze photography)
(Yesterday I was finishing this post when our first prime minister Giuseppe Conte told Italy that it became an orange or “protected area”…I have dcided not to change the post reflecting the moods of that moment…) The things that you can do in a moment where we have to stay at home as precautions is […]

Street art in Florence ;-) Tommaso Brogini

Here we are! Back again 😉 The high season at end, cozy atmospheres and Christmas Eve on the way. It is time to recharge the batteries, to relax but also to study and update, also my blog! Going back on writing, choosing pictures and describing my territory. One of the things I love the most […]

Tex Willer will save us

(just put a mask on botticelli)
Happy New Year! Buon Anno!Blub, one of my favourite street artists has created a new drawing! Just remeber, Blub is the Florentine street artist that use to draw his character underwater and sometimes with a mask. Here we are with Tex Willer, the character created by Gian Luigi Bonelli and still edited by Sergio Bonelli. […]

Boxing Day!

(i wish you a merry christmas....)
Have you had a serene Christmas? Here in Tuscany is raining and a cloudy day, one of those days you relax! Babbo Natale or better Santa Claus just passed with his gifts, here in Italy everywhere we have just run a food marathon…and the New Year’s Eve is on the way! VH1 is running Christmas […]

Reading in the history! Livorno new library at Bottini dell’Olio

(not only Florence)
Livorno, my city, can surprise you in many ways! In its historical district called “La Venezia” there is a very important structure, commissioned by the Medici family in 1705, called “Bottini dell’Olio”. The main purpose of this building was to stock oil (“bottino” is the an Italian word for tank), then it became a storage […]

The cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna

(on michelangelo's footsteps)
Florence is the cradle city of Reneissance, Rinascimento in Italian, a word that has a wishful meaning: rebith, flowering. Many of the tourists I have been walking around with in the city, tell me “I can’t imagine I am walking on Michelangelo’s footsteps”. Yes sometimes I do have the same sensation, just looking around the […]

Blub: Art can swim!

(just put a mask on botticelli)
The importance of art in Florence is also shown in street art! While walking in Florence you find this “new” art everywhere…and we begin our trip inside it with Blub, a florentine artist that enjoys portraing famus people and paintings with underwater masks! His motto is “l’arte sa nuotare” that means “art can swim”: I […]

Emiko and her “Silver Coast”

(not only Florence)
Three little reasons to write this post:I love Argentario, the Silver Coast, the southermmost part of Tuscany, I would say the wildest side, olive trees, wheat fields, little country towns, sea, sky and Giglio and Giannutri Islands in front of it. The Silver Coast is part of Maremma, the southern coastal area of Tuscany.I looooove […]

Just a sunny Fortress Monday in Livorno!

(not only Florence)
Livorno, Monday morning. It is not high season so we, tour guides, we can have more free time to see also the cities we live or we work in a more relaxed mood. I would describe my city as a slow city, a city you have to discover not in a hurry …The world “monday” […]