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When Florence was the New York of the Middle Ages

 We will explore the monuments and the historical period which marked the beginning of the Golden Age of the city, when, during the second half of the XIIIth century, Florence became one of the largest european towns. 
It is the city that wrote on Bargello Palace's walls, "The Earth, the Seas and all the world belong to Florence"; it is the city of the gold
 florin, the dollar of the Middle Ages; the city with 150 tower houses, the medieval skyscrapers; the city with 80 banking companies that made Florence into one of the most important financial centers of Christendom, in other words, the New York of the Middle Ages.....
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The Golden Age of the Florentine Painting, from Giotto to Michelangelo

UffiziA walk through the great history of Florence and Italian painting. The artworks and the artists that have marked the western world painting.  

Giotto and the beginning of Italian painting, the masters of Early Renaissance, Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi, Piero della Francesca, Botticelli's mythologic allegories, Verrocchio and his talented pupil Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the "maniera moderna", Raphael's sublime beauty, Bronzino's aristocratic style, the warm sensuality of Titian, Caravaggio's "violent" art.....

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In the name of God and money

Fiorino God and money, Church and bankers, money and divine beauty, the forces which combined to generate  the Renaissance. "You cannot serve God and money" is written in the Gospels, nevertheless money can serve beauty, and when beauty celebrates God, it can even wash some sins away. Money cannot buy immortality but it can save from oblivion and it may be a good investment in the Kingdom of Heaven......

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Michelangelo in Florence

Piazzale Michelangelo - 20Michelangelo's David in the Accademia Gallery, the biblical hero that became a symbol of the Florentine freedom; the Medici's tombs in San Lorenzo's New Sacristy and "Time that consumes all"; the Pietà Bandini in the Opera del Duomo and the old aged Michelangelo face-to-face with his sins and death. Is Beauty able to lead us to God? Or is just the sacrifice of Christ that can do it? Artistic and human trails around Michelangelo.  

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