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WALKING ALONG THE HISTORICAL VIA TORCICODA, TO SEE THE AMPHITHEATER THAT IS NO MORE

WALKING ALONG THE HISTORICAL VIA TORCICODA, TO SEE THE AMPHITHEATER THAT IS NO MORE

If you take Via Torta, one of the streets that crosses Via Verdi, precisely in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce, you will find yourself almost right away in a narrow street that curves. … Read More

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STORY OF THE PINZOCHERE: “BIZZE”, DEVOTION AND SUSPICION IN THE SHADOWS OF SANTA CROCE

STORY OF THE PINZOCHERE: “BIZZE”, DEVOTION AND SUSPICION IN THE SHADOWS OF SANTA CROCE

In Italian dictionaries, at the entry for “pinzochera” you can find two synonyms: ‘bigot’ and ‘old maid’. Both give the idea of the reputation of the real pinzochere, which came about at the end of the 13th century in Florence. … Read More

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FLORENCE AND THE ARNO: MEMORIES OF THE “HOUSE OF THE FLOOD”

FLORENCE AND THE ARNO: MEMORIES OF THE “HOUSE OF THE FLOOD”

When it was built, around the Fifteenth Century, probably no one imagined that the beautiful building between Piazza Santa Croce and Via Verdi would become famous as the House of the Flood. Its name was earned, unfortunately, on September 13, 1557 when the Arno overflowed its banks. … Read More

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AMONG THE TREES AND POETS AT CANTO DEGLI ARANCI

AMONG THE TREES AND POETS AT CANTO DEGLI ARANCI

The Florentines were astonished when, more or less half-way through the 1400s, they saw orange trees spring up right in the center of the city. It was the idea of the Jacopi de’ Veneri family, also called Jacopi di Santa Croce, who had bought a palace on Via del Fosso (which was the name at the time of the last piece of Via Verdi), on the corner of Via Ghibellina. … Read More

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CANTO ALLA BRIGA, THE MEETING PLACE OF TROUBLE-MAKING FLORENTINES

CANTO ALLA BRIGA, THE MEETING PLACE OF TROUBLE-MAKING FLORENTINES

Florentines are argumentative and troublemakers. Whether it is a cliché or a characteristic that is noted by those involved, the quarrelsome nature of the Florentines is legendary. It must have been like this already many centuries ago, as the plaque placed on the corner of Via dell’Agnolo and Via de’ Pepi attests to, where it says Canto alla Briga. … Read More

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BORGO ALLEGRI: STORY OF A KING, A FAMOUS PAINTER AND HAPPY FLORENTINES

BORGO ALLEGRI: STORY OF A KING, A FAMOUS PAINTER AND HAPPY FLORENTINES

Sometimes it is an occasion, a unique moment in the collective history, to fix a name that will remain for centuries. This is true of nicknames (Cesar, for instance, is a prime example) and also for simple names like Borgo Allegri, that tells of one happy day in the city over 700 years ago. … Read More

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THE “BATTIPALLA” OF PIAZZA SANTA CROCE AND THE CREATION OF THE HISTORICAL SOCCER GAME

THE “BATTIPALLA” OF PIAZZA SANTA CROCE AND THE CREATION OF THE HISTORICAL SOCCER GAME

If you stop to admire Palazzo dell’Antella on the right side of Piazza Santa Croce, you will notice right away the elaborate decorations and curious details of the windows that get closer and closer together as you approach the Basilica of Santa Croce, creating an optical illusion of perspective that makes the building seem bigger. … Read More

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