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500 years ago Leonardo da Vinci dies

500 years ago Leonardo da Vinci dies

500 years ago, on May 2 1519, one of the greatest geniuses in humankind history died in Amboise, France. It’s dead hard to enclose in a single definition the greatness of a personality like Leonardo Da Vinci. For what concerns to me, I want to remember this artist...

Easter 2019: the must-see things to discover in Florence

Easter 2019: the must-see things to discover in Florence

Among the cities of art to visit in Italy for the Easter holidays, Florence is always a destination of great charm. However, the many monuments and places to visit in the town of Giglio are so many and all worthy of interest that tourists are often embarrassed about...

Guided tour to the mysteries of Ponte Vecchio

Guided tour to the mysteries of Ponte Vecchio

The wonderful autumn days allow to better appreciate the cities of art thanks to the tranquility and the milder temperatures that make walks in the streets and avenues really nice; moreover, the suggestive color range of this season means that the photos taken to...

The Maestà by Giotto in the Uffizi Gallery

The Maestà by Giotto in the Uffizi Gallery

A figure of the Virgin, a Madonna with a body, is the one that welcomes the visitor in Room N.2 of the Uffizi Gallery. The figure created by Giotto, the first modern painter according to artistic historiography, is mixed with a terracotta color that recalls the ochre...

The “oriental” Virtue painted by Pollaiolo in the Uffizi Gallery

The “oriental” Virtue painted by Pollaiolo in the Uffizi Gallery

That of the Virtues is an iconographic subject increasingly frequent in the last centuries of the Middle Ages. The Temperance is part of a wooden series painted by Piero del Pollaiolo and the young Botticelli for the Mercatanzia Guild in about 1470, when the...

Night guided tour to the Uffizi Gallery

Night guided tour to the Uffizi Gallery

  On the occasion of the evening openings of the Uffizi, promoted until the end of September every Tuesday and Wednesday evening, an alternative and even more intelligent way to enjoy the Uffizi Gallery is to visit the museum in less frequented time slots and...

Discovering a Renaissance treasure trove in Siena

Discovering a Renaissance treasure trove in Siena

In the visit to the historic center of Siena it is rarely possible to find a small treasure trove of Renaissance art in the middle of the Gothic architecture for which the town is famous. Going along Via Montanini is the little church of the Madonna delle Nevi. Built...

When Art has been a Woman, at last

When Art has been a Woman, at last

, Florence has been the environment in which Art, since the fourteenth century, has become the medium-expression of society. It is always in the ‘Town of Lily’ that the word Arte, as a feminine noun according to the Italian language acceptation, has assumed an...

Details of Primavera

Details of Primavera

A detail, one of the many that it’s possible to contemplate in this famous painting by Botticelli, a masterpiece of the Renaissance, an icon in the great sanctuary of painting which is the Uffizi Gallery, a destination for lay pilgrimages every day. The thousands of...

New Year’s Eve 2017: all the events you can enjoy in Siena

New Year’s Eve 2017: all the events you can enjoy in Siena

According to the tradition, New Year’s Eve is a moment in which people used to meet with friends or with  own family, to welcome the arrival of the new year. In addition to the traditional destination of mountains, many are those who uncorck the midnight Spumante...

The out of law’s castle: discovering Radicofani

The out of law’s castle: discovering Radicofani

If you are going in search of the Province of Siena and you think that it is only the gently sloping hills to characterize the profile of the landscape of this delightful Tuscan spot, you will totally change idea when, pushing yourselves forward the southern area of...

The Chapel of Madonna di Vitaleta

The Chapel of Madonna di Vitaleta

On many times happen to wonder where some places of fascinating Italy are, places which end up to bind spontaneously to the collective memory, perhaps for their popularity, or, when they are not know directly, for the simple fact they appear to our view as hearty,...

The UNESCO twenty years of Pienza

The UNESCO twenty years of Pienza

  Are celebrating in these days the twenty-year anniversary of Pienza, recognized as a World Heritage Site. The city of Pius II completes a program that has seen, during 2016, important events entitled “Save the Beauty”, aimed at enhancing and safeguarding the...

The Adoration of Magi

The Adoration of Magi

The Adoration of the Magi is one of the scenes that are found in the upper part of the pulpit of the Cathedral of Siena, one of the masterpieces of the Italian medieval sculpture. The marble slab that measures 85 x 97 cm and 16 cm thick, is part of a set of seven...

The unveiled beauty

The unveiled beauty

  These are the last days to admire in Siena something extraordinary. Until October 27, the floor of the Cathedral is entirely unveiled to visitors, in the splendor of its marble inlays which cover the whole ground of the church. Already considered by Vasari the...

The Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo

The Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo

In the renowned Piazza del Campo, within the core of Siena town, there is a sculpture masterpiece which has to been absolute admired: the Fonte Gaia (fountain of the joy) was built by sienese people in the second half of the XIV century. The original part of the...

Discovering the Piccolomini Library

Discovering the Piccolomini Library

The Piccolominy Library was commisioned to Pintoricchio who starting in 1502. The client of these frescoes was called Francesco Piccolomini Todeschini who at the time was bishop of Siena.

The Crucifixion in the Pulpit of Siena

The Crucifixion in the Pulpit of Siena

The Crucifixion is one of the scenes featured in the pulpit of Nicola Pisano, in the Cathedral of Siena. The pulpit was made between 1265 and 1268 by the great artist together with his son, Giovanni, and Arnolfo di Cambio.

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Welcome to my website

It is with joy that I communicate to visitors that, finally, my new website is published. Thanks to the competence and professionalism of my web designer who followed me step by step, I can now finally announce the publication on of the site and the relative Florence...

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    My name is Michele Busillo and I am an official tourist guide of Florence and Siena, in Italian, English and Spanish language. I live in Chianti, midway between Florence, the cradle of Renaissance, and Siena, the city of the Palio. I love passing on the others my excitement of my job, accompanying people to discover the beauties and the secrets of Tuscany…

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