The Greatest “Dome” on Earth

There are two great domes in Italy, equally famous; the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence; and Saint Peter in Rome. The latter on a project by Michelangelo, but resumed after his death by two architects (Giacomo Della Porta (1533-1602) and Domenico Fontana (1543-1607). Yet the ONE dome is the one in Florence, […]

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Firenze is a Flower

FLORENTIA The Latin name of Florence was Florentia (“flowering”), its coat of arms is a flower as well. The symbol is not the French Fleur de Lys—though it looks like it, but the “Giaggiolo” (Sweet Iris), the violet is in fact also the color of the Florentine soccer team. To visit Florence properly it takes a […]

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