November 3, 2012 |
When in Florence, Italy, be sure to visit the small Opificio delle Pietre Dure, the Museum of Precious Stones, to see how artisans used semi-precious stones and marble to create beautiful artwork hundreds of years ago. Opificio delle Pietre Dure, 78 Via Alfani, Florence; 011-39-055-26511, http://www.opificiodellepietredure.it . Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission about $5. Cheryl Kohr Palos Verdes Estates
April 18, 2011 |
Florence, Italy , has recently joined Rome and Naples in offering a single entry card, this one good for admission to 33 museums and passage on all its public transportation. The Firenze Card , which costs 50 euros (about $70) and is good for 72 hours, grants admittance to sites large and small, including The Uffizi for the Botticelli masterpieces (without endlessly standing in line – look for the special entrance for card holders) The Academia to see Michelangelo’s David.
September 10, 1985 |
A man and a woman whose body was mutilated were found shot to death outside Florence on Monday, and police suspected they were the latest victims of the "Monster of Florence," who has terrorized the city for 17 years. Police said the man's body was found in a wooded area several yards from a tent attached to a car. The woman, whose body had been mutilated, was found inside the tent. The circumstances of the killings were similar to the murders of seven other couples.
August 29, 1999 |
Maybe you've always wanted to visit Florence, or perhaps you saw "Tea With Mussolini" and fell in love with this enchanting city, cradle of the Renaissance. Consider the fall. September and October (even early November) are wonderful times to visit Tuscany, which, for artistic, culinary and other reasons, many people consider quintessential Italy.
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May 29, 2007 |
Three people were killed and one other was critically injured Monday night in a three-vehicle accident in the Florence area near South Gate, authorities said. The accident occurred about 8:25 p.m. near South Alameda Street and East Manchester Avenue, said California Highway Patrol Officer David Porter. One of the vehicles apparently split in two, Porter said. A county coroner's spokesman said one person was pronounced dead at the scene and two others died at a hospital.
November 23, 1986 |
Venice and Florence commemorate the 20th anniversary of their two separate floods (the cities are 160 miles apart) that caused devastation, and worldwide alarm, in November, 1966. The Florence "celebration"--in both places the local press use that word--has been a time for taking stock.
September 15, 1988 |
Sometimes, one can get sick of all that culture during a European vacation. That, anyway, is how it appears to Dr. Graziella Magherini, the head of psychiatry at Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in central Florence. In the past 10 years she has treated more than 115 tourists for what she calls "Stendhal's Syndrome"--an emotional reaction to hundreds of years of history and art, all hitting the traveler at once. "The historical memory in these cities of art stirs the emotions," she says.
November 26, 1989 |
The Art of Florence" is an extraordinarily handsome book, full of superb color plates taken especially for this publication, printed on fine, heavy paper, well bound and boxed. However, this is emphatically not a book intended to be seen only. "The Art of Florence" has a major text of impeccable and up-to-the-minute scholarship and, happily enough, it is written with great clarity and a minimum use of technical terminology. The text is not only full of information, but a joy to read.
July 22, 2001 |
Sometimes life presents us with a moment when things for an instant all fit together and we are granted what we wish for. Usually we recognize these moments only after they have passed. Rarely do they make themselves as unambiguous as one that was made for me several years ago on a cool Florentine afternoon, when an old man approached me and intoned, "Now is an important moment."
June 10, 2012 |
SANSEPOLCRO, Italy - Sansepolcro, in the far northeast corner of Tuscany, can't match Florence and Siena for culture. It isn't even on the top of a hill like San Gimignano. It has, English writer Aldous Huxley noted, "some fine Renaissance palaces; a not very interesting church, and the best painting in the world" - the "Resurrection," completed around 1470 by Sansepolcro native Piero della Francesca. Never heard of it? Don't worry. It is a special masterpiece by a master known chiefly to art historians, a multifaceted Renaissance man who wrote books on mathematics, geometry and perspective that guided his brush without dictating to it, leaving him free to paint with imagination and heart.