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Might at the Museum

Florence also participates in the European Night of Museums 2024, Saturday 18 May, to enhance the artistic and cultural heritage thanks to special initiatives, guided tours, presentations and evening openings for free or at a symbolic price. The event is sponsored by UNESCO, the Council of Europe and ICOM, the International Council of Museums. This year the Museum Night coincides with the International Museum Day organized by ICOM. The theme for this edition focuses on education and research.

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Brunelleschi and its Peposo origin or leggend?

It is now a rather well-known dish, an authentic evergreen of Tuscan cuisine appreciated by residents and tourists. Those coming from outside, however, often do not imagine that Ser Filippo Brunelleschi was behind the birth of the Impruneta peposo and that the occasion was the construction of the dome of the Cathedral of Florence. For almost six hundred years, in fact, a legend has it that Filippo Brunelleschi used “peposo” to feed and heat his artisans who worked at the Santa Maria del Fiore factory.

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Frescobaldi wine in Tusany and Florence

The history of the Frescobaldis begins around the year 1000, when the first members of the family moved to Florence from Val di Pesa, where we still find the Castiglioni estate today, the family’s oldest agricultural possession. The Frescobaldis settled in the Oltrarno part of the city in Piazza de’ Frescobaldi where they built the loggia, the tower and the palace. The first news of the Frescobaldi winemaking activity dates back to 1308.

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Curiosity about Palazzo Spini-Feroni

During the period of Florence as capital Palazzo Vecchio became for obvious reasons the center of power of the new Italian State. Inside, due to the size of the various rooms, the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were placed. But at that point the problem arose of the municipal offices, where to place all the aforementioned rooms with the staff? As often happens in our times, even at the time the Municipality owned various properties in the city, a medieval building was chosen for its size and proximity to the city’s center of power: Palazzo Spini Feroni.