Tag Archive: Florence

Medieval Tuscany village on sale for £30m complete with fruit farm and a church

Why buy one holiday home when you can buy 70 – and a church and organic fruit farm? Villages in Europe that were abandoned during the recession as their owners fled the country to find jobs in the city have been put up for sale – but you’ll need deep pockets for the biggest and…

Search for Mona Lisa’s Remains To Resume

Mona Lisa

Archeologists will resume the search for the remains of the noblewoman who posed for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa masterpiece 500 years ago. Florence province, owner of the site that once was the convent of Saint Orsola where Lisa Gherardini was buried in 1542, has requested that the search continue. Archeologists in May 2011 thought…

Looking at a painting: ‘Primavera’ by Botticelli

In the Middle Ages, there were no mandatory birth certificates, and many records have crumbled to dust. However, it is believed that in 1445, in a working-class district of Florence, a boy was born to the family of the tanner Mariano di Vanni Filipepi. The boy’s birth date was calculated from a note in the…