FROM The man in the front seat / May 20, 2014

David by Michelangelo (Florence)

In the world of sculpture there are certain pieces that stand head and shoulders aboves most others, Michelangelo’s David is certainly one of those. Sculptured between 1501 – 1504 David stands 5.17m (17ft) and represents the biblical hero David, remembered for is fight with Goliath. Today the figure stands alone, in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence but was originally one of a series of figures designed to decorate the roofline of the Cathedral in Florence. Authorities decided however to place it in front of the Palazzo della Signoria where it […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 17, 2014

San Gimignano

Pop.: 8000 When you close your eyes and think of Tuscany you’re probably thinking of San Gimignano. Perched up on the crest of a hill and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the town with its 14 towers (once were 72) reminds the visitor of a medieval Manhattan. History Like many hilltop towns in Italy, San Gimignano was once an Etruscan town and according to legend was founded by two brothers, Muzio and Silvio, in 63 B.C. who were fleeing Rome after being implicated in a conspiracy. The town’s name, […]

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