September 27, 2018

A few years ago, eager to do research for a novel, I floated the idea of a return trip to Florence over dinner. My husband, Christopher, paused the upward momentum of his forked rigatoni and gave me a thoughtful look. “Great idea. Maybe we should celebrate our 30th wed...

April 24, 2016

 Fresco by Filippino Lippi. Photo by Diana Dinverno

 

It’s a good idea to schedule extra time when you visit Florence. Things are bound to surprise you—in my case, it was a locked door and a jaw-dropping discovery.

 

Within the city, tucked in churches, are...

October 8, 2015

 Photo by Diana Dinverno

 

While exploring Florence, taking in the city's art and history, I came across another pleasure—admiring window displays. Business owners of every stripe—luxury retailers with international name recognition, small boutiques, book and paper goods...

September 25, 2015

Pick up any Florence guidebook, and it urges you to visit the Accademia, one of the city’s great art museums, to see Michelangelo’s David. When we first visited the city in 2003, we took heed and made reservations to view what is probably the most famous stat...

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