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

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...
Santa Felicita Church, Mrs Macabee and Mother Mary

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...
Arnolfini family – an unlucky love-affair in Lucca

Arnolfini family – an unlucky love-affair in Lucca

Arnolfini family – an unlucky love affair in Lucca Following on from my Blog about Lucchese merchant Niccolo Arnolfini and his wife, Costanza Trenta who died in childbirth – I was saddened to learn this week that future generations of the Arnolfini family...
Plautilla Nelli – the Nun who started a Women’s Art Movement in Florence in the 1500’s – now stronger than ever.

Plautilla Nelli – the Nun who started a Women’s Art Movement in Florence in the 1500’s – now stronger than ever.

Suor Plautilla Nelli (1524–1588) is the first-known female Renaissance painter of Florence, Italy. It is not possible to confirm that the portrait, shown below, is the painter who chose to become a Nun and entered the Convent of St. Catherine of Siena in Florence,...