Florence: enjoy the new mysterious tour

FlorenceIf you are planning to go to Florence, here there is a great news for you: a misterious tour through art, architecture and culture.

You will have to guess the clues, which are related to the monuments located near the spot you are at, and you will have 3 hours to solve the case.

You will play the detectives who have to find out who ordered the death of Lorenzo de’ Medici, the duke of Urbino. Who was the responsible between Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raffaello Sanzio, Andrea del Sarto or Niccolò Macchiavelli?

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History of the Saint Cassian abbey

If you are fascinated by history, religion and legend, once you are in Tuscany you can’t miss the Saint Cassian abbey, which is located between the two small towns of Greve and Figline.

It is a very old monastery named by the patron saint of writers and teachers, who is celebrated in Italy August 13th.

Built around 1040-1050 by the Buondelmonti monks, the abbey was part of a bigger complex of 7 abbeys founded by Saint John Gualbert, who belonged to the Vallombrosan Order.

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Enjoy a Renaissance dinner eating at the Borghese Palace

While you are in Florence, do not miss the chance to enjoy a typical Renaissance dinner, hosted in a charming place, the Borghese Palace, where you will be able to feel the charming atmosphere.

Take part in the rich banquet, which is fully served by waiters dressed in original Renaissance costumes, giving you the idea of being a true ancient noble of that age.

A 4-course meal and fine Florentine wines are waiting for you, as well as the so-called corte in Italian, which used to be composed by musicians, dancers and jester. You will see two players, having harp, flute, a soprano singer, two dancing couples and a jester, ready to jump around the tables trying to involve you, while hearing some music of that time.

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Discovering the Vasari Corridor in Florence

Did you know about the Vasari Corridor in Florence? If not, read this very interesting post and don’t miss the chance to visit it next time you are in Florence.

It is a kilometer long passageway which connects two of the most famous buildings in the city: the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace. Unfotunately, nowadays it is set up as a small museum.

Most visitors at the Uffizi don’t even know that behind that unmarked door stands a great treasure: the entrance, in fact, it is located on the first floor within the Uffizi Gallery behind an ordinary and apparently not important door, and that’s a pity, since it is something very interesting to visit for several different reasons. The first one, obviously, is connected to the fact that entering an inaccessible and mysterious place is something thrilling and intriguing.

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Mama’s Bakery in Florence: a touch of American food in Tuscany

Are you visiting Florence all day long at in the afternoon you get hungry? Mama’s Bakery is the your solution, since it is the go-to spot for American food in the city. Order a plain bagel with some good cream cheese (which is made of herb and garlic), or a club sandwich, or all the American food you can think of.

Tourists are crazy about the place, the Italians a little bit less, since it is a little bit expensive, according to them. You have to keep in mind that, for them, a sandiwich is just something cheap and quick to make, due to the fact that in Italy people don’t use that much topping.

But never mind, since it’s the only American bar where you can taste the original cupcakes, muffins, cheesecake, cinnamon buns and whoopie pies, maybe during a sunny day, sitting outside in the dehor, or inside, chatting with the waiters. The desserts take advantage of seasonal fruits and, of course the American-style coffee.

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