Friday, February 3, 2017

Florence Property Market Rising After Economic Fall

The start of the 21st century has been a volatile time for the housing market in many parts of the world. In Italy, the first decade saw a steep rise in housing values, greater than 50 percent when adjusted for inflation. With the global financial meltdown in 2008, property prices began to fall. Then the Euro crisis that began in 2011 had an even more severe influence on the struggling Italian economy. Since 2008, housing prices in Italy have fallen 23 percent after inflation adjustment, according to figures provided by the European Central Bank.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Museo di Leonardo da Vinci: Halls and Secrets

He was an architect, engineer, inventor, painter and sculptor. His scientific inventions and artistic contributions have had significant impact on the way the world functions and the way its inhabitants think, even centuries after his birth. Florence is thus the logical home to a museum dedicated to the genius and mystery of Leonardo da Vinci. Comprised of several halls each dedicated to his areas of expertise, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum achieves something that would make the master proud: you learn a little, and you want to explore a lot.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The UNESCO Center in Florence

UNESCO is a familiar acronym to most travelers, since its touristic heritage sites are visited by people all over the globe. As a specialized branch of the United Nations, its Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has existed since 1945, charged with the mission to promote access to and appreciation of the world’s important places of interest. Its headquarters are in Paris, but it has offices in many of the world’s major cities, including Florence.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sala Michelangelo: Uffizi Museum’s “Michelangelo Room”

The Uffizi Gallery Museum is one of the biggest attractions in Florence. A former palace with dozens of offices (“uffizi"), the museum is made up of two floors of 45 halls that are now filled with beautiful and important works of art.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Discover the New “Teatro dell’Opera” in Florence

Italy is the undisputed birthplace of opera, but many people do not realize that the art form has its oldest roots in the city of Florence.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Florence Bars and Cafes with a View

Unless you are coming to Florence strictly for school or work, a big bonus of experiencing life in the city is the scenery that will capture your attention at every turn. At times, some of the most popular places to take photographs are worth photographing themselves. It is not only the view of the sleek ribbon of the Arno winding its way beneath the Ponte Vecchio — it is the Ponte Vecchio itself as seen from the banks of the river.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Museums to Visit with Kids in Florence

Florence is an old city, but at its heart is a creative center that continues to generate ideas and works of artistic and scientific significance. Young visitors will have plenty to find interesting and inspiring, including several museums that are family friendly.