100 DAYS OF MEDICI DYNASTY Thursday, September 10

On Thursday, September 10, we celebrate the hundredth performance of The Medici Dynasty Show, showcasing the history of Florence in English. With a hundred performances in four months, The Medici Dynasty marks a record for Tuscany: never before, in such a short amount of time, has a show been performed a hundred times. On Thursday, September 10th, we celebrate this milestone in Piazza San Lorenzo. On the facade of San Giovannino degli Scolopi (a fourteenth-century building), where the show made its debut in April, five Medici coats of arms will be mounted.

Happy birthday Duomo! September 8

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore also known as Il Duomo di Firenze is one of the main touristic attractions in Florence. Its beauty and uniqueness seem like a never ending story, an endless row of details just waiting to be discovered by curious eyes. The Florentines have decided to lay the cornerstone of the Cathedral on September 8, 1296, the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, building this architectural mastodon in her honor. The construction was first designed in a Gothic style by Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 by Filippo Brunelleschi who designed the dome.

In this issue Florence is… September - October 2015

After the summer vacations, fortunate those who have managed to find a few days to relax, it is during the month of September when projects and activities, previously undertaken, seem to flourish and move forward with a new boost. I wish that while you are flipping each page of Florence is You! you will find new ideas and interesting suggestions. In Florence, the construction site that never stops is without any doubt that of Opera del Duomo, where feverish constructions are taking place for the building of the new Museum, its opening for the public being scheduled on October 29, 2015.

San Lorenzo 10 August, the night of the falling stars

This is a magical night, when wishes can come true. All it takes is to say them out loud while a star falls across the sky. It is the night of San Lorenzo, the Spanish Saint, who in 258 a.c. arrived in Rome and that very same day, died, burned on a gridiron because of the persecution of King Valeriano. According to the legend, the stars that crossed the sky that night were like sparks of fire from the coals on which the saint burned, that once risen to the sky, during the martyrdom, they descended back on Earth to make our wishes come true. The deacon San Lorenzo has come to Rome from Huesca, Spain, his native country, together with Pope Sixtus II, to give to the poor the money collected from Christians.

Dante Alighieri At the Bargello Museum

Dante Aligheri is without doubt one of the illustrious sons of Florence, for his writings (among which “Divina Commedia” where he recounts in verses the journey from Hell, Purgatory and Paradise and “Vita Nuova” where he sings his love for Beatrice) that created the foundation of the Italian language and for his life, a pattern of political passion.dante As in any family, between mother Florence and its famous son there were also forgettable moments, one of the most dramatic ones taking place in 1302, the year when Dante was condemned to perpetual exile and his house was burned to the ground because of the political disputes of which he was a protagonist; from then on the great poet will wander in exile until 1321 and he will end his earthly life at Ravenna, where he is still buried now. .

Giovanni Spadolini and his Florence

If statesman, historian and journalist of great succes Giovanni Spadolini would still be with us today, he would have turned 90 years old. spadoliniBorn on June 21st, 1925, he came from a middle classe family in Florence (his father, Guido was a well-known engraver) and was raised in the heart of the city: he lived in the apartment from Via Cavour 28, almost at the corner with Via degli Alfani, today declared by the Superintendent as national heritage site. He went to elementary school at Scolopi, gymnasium and high school at Galileo near Via Martelli. These are the years of the regime when he will discover one of his favorite authors, Piero Gobetti, the anti-fascist apostle of the “Liberal Revolution”, the high school student who will have to “snoop around” in the basement of the adjacent library “Giorni”. Florence, “home of the soul”.

Giovanni Boccaccio

Boccaccio, Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist is mostly known for his famous works The Decameron and On Famous Women. Noted for his realistic dialogue, which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot, he reflects both his bourgeois mercantile background and the chivalric ideals of the Neapolitan court in his works. The details of Boccaccio’s birth are uncertain. He is born (July or August) in Certaldo or in Florence to an unknown woman and Boccaccino di Chellino, a wealthy merchant who officially and without hesitation recognizes him. At an early age, Giovanni begins to study Latin, but his father did not encourage his literary interests, and by 1328 Boccaccio was in Naples to learn commerce.

The Medici Dynasty Show

The story of Florence is intrinsically connected to the story of one family: the Medici. It was thanks to their patronage that Florence will take the leading role on an international scale, but if it wasn’t for a Medici lady, Anna Maria Luisa Ludovica, a large part of this inestimable heritage would have been lost. On the 31st October, 1737, it was her to sign the Family Pact with the Lorena, to whom she leaves “Galleries, Paintings, statues, libraries, jewelry and other precious things” but “with the express condition that the possessions will serve only as an ornament of the state, for the public utility and to attract the curiosity of Foreigners, and nothing to be transported, or removed , outside the capital, and the rule of the Grand Duchy”.

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