Category Archive: Strolling Through Florence

The “Flash Pope”

The splendid Palazzo Corsi Salviati in Via Tornabuoni, now the site of the Banca Intesa, conceals a series of curious historical facts that are still relatively unknown to the general public.  These include… Continue reading

The Wine Doors

While strolling through the streets of Florence, it is possible to come across tiny “arch”-shaped windows resembling the typical doors and portals in the long walls of ancient patrician palazzos.  Some of these… Continue reading

The Miraculous Pee

Opening up about half way down Via della Vigna Nuova is Piazzetta de’ Rucellai with its famous palazzo of the same name facing on, which was designed by Leon Battista Alberti and commenced… Continue reading

The Onions of the Caparra

Before Palazzo Strozzi was built, the adjacent piazza was called “Piazza delle Cipolle” (Piazza of the Onions).  This housed the fruit and vegetable marget where onions wer the main produce, together with watermelons,… Continue reading

Giambologna’s Little Devil

One day way back in 1245, San Pietro Martire was intent as usual on preaching against heretics.  A large crowd had gathered to listen to him in Piazza del Mercato Vecchio (Piazza della… Continue reading

The City’s Belly Button

The Colonna dell’Abbondanza (Column of Abundance) rising up in Piazza della Repubblica, represents the dead center of Florence and was the ancient “belly button” of the Roman Forum. Like every other “castrum” in… Continue reading