Sofia Novello

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Portrait of the artisan as a young man

We often hear that the old Florentine craftsmen are slowly disappearing, retiring without successors after lives dedicated to their work, or defeated by technology an cheap mass-production. However, there is yet another generation of talented local artisans who have learnt the mestiere from their fathers the old way and,


Stealing Beauty

More than a century ago, the glory of the Florentine artistic sights and the breath-taking views of the city and its surroundings were being caught on canvas, in sketchbooks, and in the diaries of foreign travellers during their grand tours of Italy. Their descriptions still remain, attesting to the


A Pre-Raphaelite Church

From the outside, it is just one among the many XVIth century palazzi which can be found at almost every corner of the city. But number 18 of via Maggio is no ordinary palace and hides more beauty than the eye can see at a first glimpse. Behind the Renaissance