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The secrets of a Renaissance painting in the core of Florence

The secrets of a Renaissance painting in the core of Florence

A Renaissance painting in an ancient church in the heart of Florence It seems rather unlikely that in the core of Florence, in a street frequented mainly by tourists attracted by the great fashion brandsstores of , there is a large Renaissance painting. This is what...

Discovering the hidden Porta del Paradiso in Florence

Discovering the hidden Porta del Paradiso in Florence

The Porta del Paradiso is a bronze door made by Lorenzo Ghiberti in Florence. This great masterpiece was made by the great sculptor and goldsmith Lorenzo Ghiberti in the first half of the fifteenth century. This door is in bronze and is located on the east side of the Florentine Baptistery and what it represents is the Old Testament Stories…

New Veneto’s painters Rooms to visit at the Uffizi Gallery

New Veneto’s painters Rooms to visit at the Uffizi Gallery

A new experience of visiting the Uffizi A visit to the Uffizi Gallery now becomes a more complete experience thanks to the new layout of the Rooms dedicated to the sixteenth century Veneto's painters. It is a nucleus of works - those of the Florentine museum - which,...

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death

  The Leonardo's 500th Anniversary 500 years ago, on May 2  1519, Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest geniuses in humankind history, died in Amboise, France. It’s hard to enclose in a single definition the greatness of a personality like Leonardo Da Vinci. I want...

The must-see things to discover in Florence in one day

The must-see things to discover in Florence in one day

What to see in one day in Florence Among the cities of art to visit in Italy for the holidays, Florence is always a destination that stands out for its great charm. However, the many monuments and places to visit in the town of Giglio are so many and all worthy of...

The Adoration, the unknown masterpiece of Sant’Agostino in Siena

The Adoration, the unknown masterpiece of Sant’Agostino in Siena

The Adoration of Shepherds, an unknown masterpiece The Adoration of the Shepherds is an unknown masterpiece in a city like Siena where often it's taxing to appreciate the extraordinary and varied artistic heritage preserved. Here it happens that some works - also due...

The original Christmas gifts to buy in Siena

The original Christmas gifts to buy in Siena

The original Christmas gifts you can buy Christmas is coming, but you still have to complete your purchases because you still need to buy some gifts for some relatives or friends? You know, this is the problem that many people are faced with and have to avoid being...

Guided tour to the mysteries of Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Guided tour to the mysteries of Ponte Vecchio in Florence

A guided tour to Ponte Vecchio, the most evocative florentine bridge The wonderful autumn and spring 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 and...

The Maestà by Giotto to discover in the Uffizi Gallery

The Maestà by Giotto to discover in the Uffizi Gallery

The Maestà by Giotto in the Uffizi, a museum of European art The Majesty painted by Giotto is one of the must-see works to see on a tour of the Uffizi Gallery. The itinerary allows you to discover some of the Italian art's masterpieces, as well as European's, thanks...

An ancient representation of Saint Francis to see in Florence

An ancient representation of Saint Francis to see in Florence

The Tavola Bardi, un ancient representation of Saint Francis in Santa Croce Church The Tavola Bardi is an ancient representation of Saint Francis to see in Florence. The work is a tempera on panel illustrating episodes of St. Francis of Assisi's life. Preserved in the...

Eastern influences within the works in the Uffizi Gallery

Eastern influences within the works in the Uffizi Gallery

Eastern influences in Florence between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Eastern influences in art are some of the traits that can be found within some works in the Uffizi Gallery. This is particularly inferable from the theme of the Virtues that in the last...

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...

A visit to the Pienza Cathedral and to its amazing altarpieces

A visit to the Pienza Cathedral and to its amazing altarpieces

The Pienza Cathedral, an amazing place to visit in Val d'Orcia The visit of the Pienza Cathedral is one of the most suggestive experiences to do in Val d’Orcia (Tuscany). The church is located in the heart of the homonym UNESCO-listed town, inside the beautiful square...

The Madonna delle Nevi, a treasure trove to be discovered in Siena

The Madonna delle Nevi, a treasure trove to be discovered in Siena

A Renaissance treasure trove in the core of Siena The church of the Madonna delle Nevi is a small Renaissance treasure trove to be discovered in Siena. In the visit to the historic center of the town it is rarely possible to find a small treasure trove of Renaissance...

Artemisia Gentileschi, a paintress to be discovered in Florence

Artemisia Gentileschi, a paintress to be discovered in Florence

Artemisia Gentileschi, a paintress to be discovered in Florence The anniversary of 8 July can have an important reference in the art world. Florence was the scenario in which art, starting from the fourteenth century, became the medium-expression of society and its...

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...

A show dedicated to Ambrogio Lorenzetti, a famous but unknown artist

A show dedicated to Ambrogio Lorenzetti, a famous but unknown artist

A show dedicated to a very unknown artist The show dedicated to Ambrogio Lorenzetti, was held in 2017. There could be no greater need to shed light, through an updated scientific work, on a great protagonist of Italian painting of the fourteenth century such as this...

A visit to Radicofani, the out of law’s castle in Val d’Orcia

A visit to Radicofani, the out of law’s castle in Val d’Orcia

Radicofani, the out of law's castle in Val d'Orcia Here you can find the proposal of a visit to Radicofani, an amazing place that, as you can read below, can be called the out of law's castle and it is located in Val d'Orcia (Tuscany). If you are going in search of...

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...

A masterpiece to see in the Siena Cathedral: the Adoration of Magi

A masterpiece to see in the Siena Cathedral: the Adoration of Magi

A masterpiece in the Siena Cathedral The Adoration of the Magi is a masterpiece to see in the Siena Cathedral. The marble alt-relief is one of the scenes that makes part of the Cathedral's pulpit. In itself, the pulpit is a masterpieces of all Italian medieval...

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 visit of Palazzo Pubblico of Siena to discover the ‘Maestà’

The visit of Palazzo Pubblico of Siena to discover the ‘Maestà’

The 'Palazzo Pubblico' of Siena The 'Palazzo Pubblico' is one of the most important buildings to be admired in Siena and deserves to be properly discovered thanks to a guided tour of the city. Just to understand why this edifice is so important, it will suffice to...

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...

A visit to the Abbey of San Galgano and its precious reliquiary

A visit to the Abbey of San Galgano and its precious reliquiary

The fascinating ruins of an Abbey The Abbey of San Galgano is one of the most terrific places to see in the Province of Siena. A visit to the ruins of the Abbey will offer you an evocative experience for the knowledge of the territory, as well as the nearby village of...

Monteriggioni, an unmissable castle to discover in Tuscany

Monteriggioni, an unmissable castle to discover in Tuscany

A castle to discover in Tuscany Monteriggioni is undoubtedly a castle to discover in Tuscany. It is a magical place because its shape evokes the epic stories of fortified villages and knights who go into battle to defend them. In reality, Monteriggioni exists and had...

A Resurrection to see in the Siena Cathedral Museum

A Resurrection to see in the Siena Cathedral Museum

Un unmissable work to see in the Siena Cathedral Museum When you go to see the Siena Cathedral Museum (Museo dell'Opera), you cannot but remain in recollection in front of what is one of the most evocative works to be preserved in the history of Italian art: Duccio di...

A website to book a guided tour of Florence and Siena

A website to book a guided tour of Florence and Siena

A website to book a guided tour of Florence and Siena With great joy I communicate that, finally, my new website has been published. Through the new site it will be possible to book a guided tour of Florence and Siena with me, activities that you can choose from the...

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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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