Hello, I'm Marika and I'm about 30 years old.
I love traveling and writing about it. I'm trying to become a blogstar, let's see what happens!
I live near Florence, and I really love my cit and Tuscany in general. I decide to this love with you,writing about what to see, where to go and what to do in Florence and Tuscany.
In this blog you'll find lots of useful information, such as restaurants suggestions, pictures' tips, museums' description and much much more.
Hope you'll like it!
April 7th 2012
Tomorrow I intend to attend the traditional Explosion of the cart in Piazza Duomo, a folk tradition dating back to the first Crusade. In 1099 the Florentine Pazzino de' Pazzi was the first man to climb up the walls of Jerusalem. He took back to Florence three flints from the Holy Sepulcher. These flints were used to light the torches carried around the city bringing to all Florence citizens on Easter. At the end of 15th century the three flints were used to light a large Easter candle that was later trasnformed into a cart, called Brindellone from locals. It is about 9 meters tall and is hauled by four white oxes. The cart is loaded with fireworks and goes around the city departing from Porta al Prato to Piazza Duomo. At the same time in ... read more
April 2nd 2012
One of my favorite restaurant in Florence city center is I 4 Leoni. It is located in Piazza della Passera, a small and hidden square few steps from Pitti Palace and Santo spirito Church in the Oltrarno. It is a famous and fancy restaurant that is always very busy and sometimes you can meet famous actors, both Italian and foreign such as Lucy Liu or Leonardo Pieraccioni. Look at the pictures on the walls to find out who else have been here. Even though it's a famous restaurant here you find good quality food. In particular I 4 Leoni is specialized in traditional Florentine cuisine. Here you find only grandma's original recipes. You eat the traditional Ribollita, a typical soup made of bread and Tuscan kale, Pasta e Fagioli and the great Fiocchetti in salsa di ... read more
March 25th 2012
In most of the travel guides about Florence you find information about The Mall and when I used to work as a receptionist in Florence hotels there were lots of travelers asking information about it. The Mall is a proper shopping village where you can find boutiques of the most famous designers in the world. Here you have Gucci, Cavalli, Armani, Ferragamo and Bottega Veneta just to name some of the most famous Italian designers. In addition yo find some international designers such as Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. All shops are open all year, from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. Sometimes it happenes there are longer openings' hours and you can find these information visiting the website - http://www.themall.it/en/visit In the shopping village you find several service, such an I ... read more
March 18th 2012
I have to admit that I'm a bit fussy about ice-cream, even though I'm Italian. I prefer traditional ice-cream, possibly handmade with organic ingredients. This is the reason why I love Carapina. Carapina is a small ice cream shop making ice-cream following according to the old Italian tradition unsing only fresh and seasonal ingredients. In fact all Carapina's fruits flavors are seasonal. This means that you find strawberry ice-cream only rom may to june. The ice-cream is handmade, organic and has an unique taste. As a matter of fact when you taste strawberry it looks like you're eating fresh strawberries. And it's the same for any other fruit. There is also a large selection of creams' and chocolates' flavors. If you're a chocolate person try the dark chocolate flavor, while if you like milk... read more
March 16th 2012
My beautiful art day in Florence ends with the Brancacci Chapel. I hope you will appreciate this monuments and their ancient splendour. To be an “art expert” is not necessary in a city like Florence that still managed to look amazingly romantic and picturesque. The Brancacci Chapel, an important example of Renaissance painting in Florence, stands within the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine in the Oltrarno area. Its fame can be mainly attributed to the series of frescoes created over time by the hands of Masolino, Masaccio and Filippo Lippi. Completed at the end of the fourteenth century, this chapel was commissioned by Felice Brancacci, a wealthy fabrics merchant and Florentine ambassador in Egypt. The task of frescoing the chapel was given to fifteenth century painter Masolino, who was later assisted by young Masaccio. When ... read more
March 13th 2012
After a very special lunch I continued my art day visiting PittiPalace, BoboliGardens and the Brancacci Chapel. Palazzo Pitti was commissioned by Luca Pitti, a Florentine banker and merchant, who, in line with Florentine tradition, assigned the building's construction to a well-known architect, in this case Brunelleschi. However, there are various inconsistencies in the building's style which suggest the architect was Luca Fancelli and not Brunelleschi. Legend has it that Luca Pitti had the Palazzo built to show off just how rich he was, even if it didn't make him very popular, as a lot of houses in the area were knocked down to make room for his mammoth plan. His ambition was to exceed in terms of magnificence Palazzo Medici-Riccardi for example, his windows had to be at least the same size as the doors ... read more
March 12th 2012
Every time I spend some time in Florence I go to have lunch at Cantinetta da Verrazzano, an excellent bakeryin the historical center. The Cantinetta da Verrazzano is located in via dei Tavolini, a small street in between Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Duomo. It is a small place when you can taste some really good food, such as the typical schiacciata all'olio. You can taste several types of typical breads and schiacciata farcita, together with lots of different biscuits and cakes, that are home-made. In addition you can take a sit and have a proper lunch with local hams and cheeses while drinking great Chianti wine. In fact the Cantinetta da Verrazzano is the twon shop of the famous Castello da Verrazzano , that produces an excel... read more
March 10th 2012
It's a great feeling to be able to wander along Via del Proconsolo and see the wonderful sixteenth century sculptures of the Bargello Museum through a window you get the urge to go inside and immerge yourself in the atmosphere of medieval Florence which been recreated in the courtyard of Palazzo da Francesco Mazzei during the mid-nineteenth century. Admire the stairway and the beautiful loggia and the coat of arms of the podest the magistrates who governed the city. The Michelangelo room, visible from the outside only, is adjacent to the courtyard and if you like sixteenth century Florentine sculpture, you must take a look. Collections of works by Michelangelo, Giambologna, Benvenuto Cellini, Vincenzo Danti, Jacopo Sansovino and Baccio Bandinelli are all displayed here. Go back out to the courtyard and climb the stairs to the ... read more
March 9th 2012
Yesterday, as promised in my first post, I visited some museums in Florence to join a real interesting international initiative and celebrate the Women’s Day with some art for free! I started my Art-Day with the “Uffizi Gallery” to move later to the BargelloMuseum. After a very Tuscan meal I went to the PittiPalace visiting finally the Brancacci Chapel. When the Grand Duke Cosimo the 1st conquered the SieneseRepublic and created a state of which Florence was made capital, he decided that the most important offices and magistracies of the city should have their headquarters close to those of the government, which were in Palazzo Vecchio. The area with stretches from the Palazzo Vecchio to the River Arno was full of very small, rundown houses and was quite ill-famed. They decided this would be the perfect ... read more
March 7th 2012
Tomorrow I want to celebrate the International Women's day in a special way. I want to take advantage of the free museums' entrance for all women. In fact all State and Civic Museums in Florence will be free for women on March 8th. This means that the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum and the Academy Gallery will be free. In addition women can enter for free Pitti Palace Museums, Medici Chapels, all Medicean Villas in Florence surroundings, Brancacci Chapel and Palazzo Vecchio. Since it's a great opportunity I intend to visit once again the Uffizi Gallery in the morning, and see Brunelleschi's masterpieces and the Bargello Museum and its great statues. After having lunch at the Cantinetta da Verrazzano I aim to go visiting the Modern Gallery at Pitti Palace and the Brancacci Chapel in the ... read more