Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Primavera a Firenze

Firenze - the birthplace of the Renaissance. Home of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Ferragamo, Gucci... 

In the garden of Scuola del Cuoio - The Leather School of Firenze - located in Santa Croce area.

The first modern receipe of lasagne was created and published in Bologna.

Lazy Sunday afternoon at Piazza Pitti. Palazzo Pitti was formerly the residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later of the King of Italy.

Mario Batali's Eataly in Via dei Martelli: "We Sell What We Cook & We Cook What We Sell".

Lampredotto is the most typical Florentine fast food, a sandwich filled with the fourth and final stomach of a cow.

Lampredotto di Luca Cai.

Four ears are better than two. Designed by Alessi.

Moda primavera 2014.

Blue moment at the Arno River.

La Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana - built in a cloister of the Medicean Basilica di San Lorenzo.

The dome of Il Duomo was engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

Castello Banfi - a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The vineyard produces Brunellos, Syrahs, Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons and blends.

La Tagliata di manzo alla rucola, as they make it in Trattoria Il Portale.
Giotto's bell tower, Campanile, was opened in 1359.

The church is particularly notable for its 44 stained glass windows. The windows in the aisles and in the transept depict saints from the Old and the New Testament, while the circular windows in the drum of the dome or above the entrance depict Christ and Mary.

Borgo Santi Apostoli

It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated on Ponte Vecchio: when a money-changer could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares (the "banco") was physically broken ("rotto") by soldiers, and this practice was called "bancorotto".

Next to Ponte Vecchio is Ponte Santa Trinita, the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world.
Salvatore Ferragamo emigrated from southern Italy to Boston and then California in 1914. He opened the Hollywood Boot Shop in 1923, and made shoes for movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson, as well as for films such as Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments.

In 1531, the Medici family became hereditary Dukes of Florence. They ruled the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until 1737 - and still keep their eyes on the city.

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