Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Fashion Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Fashion | In Florence, an ‘Undiscovered Jewel’ of a Fabric Mill Supported by ByKathleen Beckett Dec. 5, 2018 FLORENCE, Italy — On one fine day in early fall, Filippo Ricci, creative director of the luxury company started by and named for his father, Stefano, proudly opened the heavy iron gates to an old silk mill in the center of Florence. Visitors crossed a stone courtyard shaded with orange and banana trees, strawberry and wild grape vines, their bounty waiting to be turned into jam by the mill’s workers. “It’s like taking a step into the past,” Mr. Ricci said as he moved past a door painted red, the signature of Florence’s age-old silk guild, to enter a large loft-like space built of rustic wood and brick. For hundreds of years weavers have been at work here in … [Read more...] about In Florence, an ‘Undiscovered Jewel’ of a Fabric Mill
At the Duomo, long lines for an underwhelming visit Architect Filippo Brunelleschi’s massive cupola — all 4 million bricks of it — has dominated Florence, Italy’s skyline since 1434. It sits atop an ornate wedding cake of a cathedral, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, aka the Duomo, which is frosted in white, pink and green marble. Tourists go gaga (and take selfies). Then, many of them make an incorrect assumption: The inside must be equally stunning. So they form a line that can snake along the entire 500-foot length of the building, and wait an hour (or more!) for a chance to see ... very little. There’s a pretty mosaic floor, a clock and — if you crane your neck and squint — frescoes painted inside the dome. Martha Endress, 81, who recently visited from Miami, sums up the problem with a structure this enormous: “I love the stained-glass windows. I just wish they were lower, so I could see more details.” You can climb the … [Read more...] about Skip the overcrowded Duomo in favor of a Florence alternative
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Necee Regis Globe correspondent November 20, 2018 FLORENCE — Across the Arno River, away from the tourist-congested streets around the Duomo, you’ll find the residential neighborhood of San Frediano. Once there, it’s easy to stroll past the courtyard of Antico Setificio Fiorentino without suspecting the wonders hidden behind its ochre walls and metal gate. As the oldest silk weaving mill in Europe — one that operates completely with historic hand-operated and semi-mechanical looms — the atelier is one of the better kept secrets of Florence. In operation since 1786, the mill was formed as a cooperative of sorts for noble Florentine families, including della Gherardesca, Bartolozzi, Corsini, Pucci, and Agresti. In the days when each family maintained its own looms with their own distinctive patterns and fabrics, it made sense to move … [Read more...] about Oldest silk mill in Europe is one of the better kept secrets of Florence
Vicky Hallett, The Washington Post Published 12:11 pm CST, Thursday, November 15, 2018 The frescoes inside Florence's Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, a.k.a. the Duomo, require a bit of neck straining. The frescoes inside Florence's Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, a.k.a. the Duomo, require a bit of neck straining. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Tom Peterson Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Tom Peterson Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The frescoes inside Florence's Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, a.k.a. the Duomo, require a bit of neck straining. The frescoes inside Florence's Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, a.k.a. the Duomo, require a bit of neck straining. Photo: Photo For The … [Read more...] about Why wait in line for Florence’s Duomo when Fra Angelico’s frescoes are nearby?
Florence is considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance Rebecca Underwood finds out more. Florence, the capital of the Italian province of Tuscany, was established by Julius Caesar in 59BC as a settlement for veteran soldiers. Considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance it attracts millions of visitors keen to admire its treasures and to explore the historic centre of the city, which was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Crammed with architectural gems and astonishing masterpieces, this small city, located on the banks of the Arno River, features stunning palaces, dating back to the 15th century, beautiful and ornate churches, and a wide choice of museums exhibiting outstanding examples of undisputed talent. The city’s most popular attractions are located on Piazza del Duomo and include the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, which is known as the Duomo. Completed in 1436, its magnificent dome, which was built by Brunelleschi, without scaffolding, … [Read more...] about Florence, Italy