Buontalenti and the invention of gelato in Florence

Bernardo Buontalenti, born in Florence in 1531, was a man of many talents. An artist, engineer, architect, and theatrical designer (among other abilities), Buontalenti was said to have been taught painting by Salviati, sculpture by Michelangelo Buona...


The best italian restaurant in Florence

Picking a restaurant these days is no easy task. First of all, you need a good guide. But to find the best restaurant in Florence, you're going to have to do more that just consult Tripadvisor. Instead, it would be better to make use of a rather more...


Different wine: Chianti and Chianti Classico

Chianti is a DOCG designated wine ("denominazione di origine controllata e garantita" - controlled and guaranteed designation of origin). For a large part of the world's population Chianti is the best expression of Italian wine, transported in its ty...


What to drink in Florence: the Negroni cocktail

Don't know what to drink tonight in Florence? Or perhaps you're not familiar with the Negroni cocktail? Today I'll give you the story of this cocktail made with gin and bitters, as well as how to mix and prepare one.   "The bitters are excellent f...


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