The Art of Writing Course June 2018

Featuring Jane Corry, Sunday Times best-seller author and hosted by author Lisa Clifford and international speaker Matthew Ferrara


June 3 – 8, 2018 in Florence, Italy


The retreat is based in Palazzo San Niccolò in San Niccolò – the oldest area of Florence. Register your place now

“Unknown Lady in Green” – Matteo Sofferoni’s daughter

"Portrait of a woman in Green" is being shown at the Charles 1 Exhibition at the Royal Academy - Definitely an image from Florence - She is believed to be Matteo Sofferoni's daughter, but what is the connection between the artist and this fascinating face? To begin...

The Marble Mines of Carrara – quite an experience and only a couple of hours away from Florence.

The Marble Mines of Carrara - Visiting this special place is quite an experience and these beautiful mountains with their white treasure, exposed for all to see, even from the railway line way below them, are available to visit only a couple of hours away from...

Amedeo Modigliani’s daughter Jeanne

Jeanne Modigliani   (29 November 1918 – 27 July 1984) I have updated an earlier Blog as a result of the increased interest in Amedeo Modigliani aroused by the splendid current exhibition at Tate Modern (23 Nov -2 April 2018)  Not the least part of the increased...

Santa Felicita Church, Mrs Macabee and Mother Mary

Santa Felicita and Mrs Macabee - two tragic mothers - and much confusion! Whilst in Florence, I recommend a visit to the Santa Felicata Church. Often missed on the tourist agenda, partly because it is obscured by stalls and restaurants, this church is argued to be,...

Mrs May, be warned, the Bardi Bill could be bigger than Brexit Divorce Bill!

As Mrs May bravely approached Florence to brag about the great trading relationship between England and Florence since Medieval times I thought it might be pertinent to put out a warning that this could be another dangerous move on her part! I wrote the Blog below in...