Art, Travel & Life in Italy & Europe


Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library, Mannerist Tendencies

It’s high time I write something about the Laurentian Library as this post has been in my drafts folder for

Sudtirol weekend: fresh air and a totally different Italy

On a whim, I accepted an invitation posted to the members of De Gustibus, a local enogastronomical society, for a

San Biagio in Montepulciano – High Renaissance perfection

The pilgrimage church of The Madonna of San Biagio lies just outside of the town of Montepulciano. Its symmetrical greek-cross

Cortona photos

I have been spending a fair amount of time in Cortona recently. Not enough to write much about its history,

Art in the Cathedral of Orvieto

Legend has it that the Cathedral of Orvieto was built to house a relic that commemorates a miracle that did

Spanish Chapel at Santa Maria Novella

Annexed to the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence is a large frescoed chapter house that is one of

Mugello day trip: cows, a pieve, a convent, tortelli, and an outlet mall

Itinerary On the spur of the moment we headed out one strangely cool August day to take in some of

The church of Santa Croce in Florence – art and history

History of the franciscan order and description of the major early renaissance acheivements in the Church of Santa Croce in Florence (begun in the 1290s).

The Baptistry of Florence

The Baptistry of Florence is one of the city’s most central buildings – right in front of the Duomo with

Florence Piazza Duomo history and function podcast

This podcast (9 minutes long) takes you on a tour of Piazza Duomo in Florence, Italy. We talk about the

The debate to finish the facade of San Lorenzo

The association of “Friends of the Elettrice Palatina” and the Comune of Florence have opened up a public debate by