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January 20, 2017

This place has so many ancient, marble, portrait-busts you'd think they were pulling them out of the ground, for free in their back yard... hah. Get it? Because they kind of have been for 1,000 years...

Home of celebrated statues like The Capitoline Venus, The Dying Gau...

January 20, 2017

The Accademia in Florence is home to Michelangelo's David, which is *easily* the most famous sculpture in the world (and has been since it was completed 500 years ago). 

It's also home to a half dozen of Michelangelo's "non-finito" or 'unfinished' sculptures - mainly fi...

January 20, 2017

The Medici Chapel in Florence was one of those places I've dreamed of visiting for as long as I can remember. All my pics are from the same one room designed by Michelangelo - ALL of it - the architectural elements, walls, floors, statues and sarcophagi... all of it, d...

January 20, 2017

In my opinion The Bargello (sculpture museum) in Florence is the best bargain in the city. At just 4 euros to enter the 4 Michelangelo sculptures alone were worth the admission fee. They've also got the most stunning collection of Donatellos and the original competitio...

February 11, 2016

The Vasari Corridor, which is essentially a series of hallways built atop the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, is not open to the general public. You've got to book it through private tour companies. But that said, it's the coolest side-trip I've ever taken. If you're...

November 12, 2015

The Laurentian Library in Florence is a depository of rare books and manuscripts begun by Pope Clement VII (a member of the Medici family) and was meant to both showcase, show off, and propagandize the Medici family name, and to hold their 10,000+ rare manuscripts.

 

It...

August 26, 2015

 

The Brera Picture Gallery in Milan Lives in a building that dates back centuries. I looked up the history of the building and can’t tell when it was originally erected (at least the 1500's); just that the Jesuits were suppressed and disbanded in 1773 so in 1776 it bec...

May 13, 2015

Billed as, “The worlds largest collection of works by Leonardo da Vinci,” we couldn’t wait to get to this show. We visited the first day we woke up in Milan. Despite having more works by LD than anyone else, the exhibition managed to slightly (only slightly) disappoint...

April 27, 2015

One important thing I can tell you upfront about visiting The Last Supper in Milan is that you must book your tickets weeks, if not months, in advance. We booked ours six weeks before we’d be in Milan and only managed to secure the last two available tickets for the we...

April 14, 2015

 

The Sforza Castle in Milan is one of those places I’d heard about for decades before finally visiting. Famously the home of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, during the time of Leonardo da Vinci… it was also the home of Leonardo da Vinci while he was in the employ of th...

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