Florence – The Birthplace of the Renaissance – Day 3 – Part 1

Our third day in Florence, or Firenze, began as a wet one.  That didn’t stop me from getting outside and exploring! A plaque on a wall commemorates the building where Saint Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi lived and died. Saint Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi lived in the monastery of the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello….

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Florence – The Birthplace of the Renaissance – Day 2 – Part 1

To me, the city of Florence is like a ornately set piece of jewelry: It is beautiful, delicate, and perfect in its arrangement.  Walking the streets of this city can be a transporting experience, sending one back to the times of the Renaissance, for this is the city that gave birth to that most glorious…

Florence – The Birthplace of the Renaissance – Day 1 – Part 2

Window shopping in Florence can be an artistically educating experience, particularly in the Oltrarno neighborhood. A plaque on a wall pays tribute to the birthplace of famous Italian lawyer and politician, Giuseppe Mantellini. In Piazza San Felice, a small triangular space just past the Palazzo Pitti, you will find La Colonna di Cosimo I, or…