Parma and the Farnese family: a history of power and beauty

Raffaello Sanzio | Ritratto del Cardinale Alessandro Farnese

Raffaello Sanzio, Ritratto del Cardinale Alessandro futuro Papa Paolo III, 1509-1511
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PARMA AND THE FARNESES: A HISTORY OF POWER AND BEAUTY

The story of Parma and the Farnese is one of power and beauty.
From the marriages arranged to extend the political influence of one of the most influential families of the Italian Renaissance, to the works of art they collected and commissioned from the leading artists of the time, the Farnese were at the centre of the most important historical events from the 16th to the 18th century and transformed the territory of Parma into a political and cultural reference point.

In this post I will tell you their story.

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Florence Charterhouse and the Women’s Chapel

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THE FLORENCE CHARTERHOUSE AND THE WOMEN’S CHAPEL

The Florence Charterhouse is a monastery that is well worth a visit, especially now that, after two years of restoration, the Cappella delle donne (Chapel of the Women), which stands in the centre of the small courtyard at the entrance to the Certosa, has returned to its former glory.

Situated on the summit of Monte Acuto, the Florence Charterhouse is a little-known place of peace where several stories intertwine. In fact, it was built in the 14th century by Niccolò Acciaiuoli, one of the leading figures in the medieval economic world of the time.

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What to do in Brescia if you’re an art lover

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 WHAT TO DO IN BRESCIA IF YOU’RE AN ART LOVER

Many people underestimate the potentiality of most Italian cities, and I have often been told that it’s difficult to find what to do in Brescia for those who love art.
Brescia, instead, is a city full of history, modern and vibrant, that is worth enjoying slowly.

Brescia is the perfect city for those who look for exciting places, away from ordinary tourist destinations. It’s no coincidence that Brescia has been named, along with Bergamo, Italian Capital of Culture 2023.

What to do in Brescia if you’re an art lover

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5 things to do in Vienna if you’re an art lover5 things to do in Vienna if you’re an art lover

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5 THINGS TO DO IN VIENNA IF YOU’RE AN ART LOVER

If you’re going to visit Vienna for the first time, you are in the right place. Here you’ll find a list of 5 things to do in Vienna if you love art, history and culture.
Here you’ll find the places I saw and the experiences I had when I visited the city, and my suggestions to better enjoy what Vienna has to offer.

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Art cities in Europe to visit

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ART CITIES IN EUROPE TO VISIT AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME

What are the art cities in Europe you must visit?
There is so much history, art and culture in Europe that making a list of the art cities to see might disappoint many people.
However, some places are unmissable and you should visit them at least once in your lifetime. Continue reading