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A TRIP TO FLORENTIA: FLORENCE IN THE ROMAN TIMES.

Florentia skyline

Florentia skyline

Are you ready to wear ancient Romans’ white togas and find out where gladiators fought in Florence?
Well, it’s not easy. Florence is an ancient Roman town, but its past remains are hidden by the superb Renaissance architecture that made the city famous throughout the world. The ancient Roman palaces are often the foundations of buildings built in 1400 and the precious marble of the luxurious calidarium today they adorn the Baptistery. Unlike Rome’s majestic stretches of crumbled pillars and shells of temples, the roman ruins in Florence are more discreet, and you surely need an help to find them.

Scavi Romani

Scavi Romani

Julius Caesar himself, founded Florentia in 59 BCE as a military camp, along the riverside of Arno, the town became an important pit stop on the trade route to the mediterranean sea. The history of Florence begins with the founding by the Romans of a village called “Florentia” and is devoted to military veterans. For defense, the city was at the confluence of two rivers: the Arno and the Mugnone, where populations had previously been.

The contours of the Roman city can still be seen in the plans of the current Florence, where you can see at a glance the square core of the first center, with perpendicular streets, identifiable in Via Strozzi, Via del Corso and Via degli Speziali, that cut the center from west to east, and the streets Roma and Calimala crossing it from north to south to the Arno.

Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica

The heart of the roman city, of course, was the forum urbis, on which today lies the severe Piazza della Repubblica. Between Eataly and the Apple Store, near the wonderful bars Paszkowski and Giubbe Rosse there was the real centre of the roman life in Florence. Where you actually can see several tourists come and go, there were romans wearing white togas speaking about economy and politic.

They not remained visible monuments of the Roman period because Florence had a rapid development during subsequent periods, when Florence widened and overlapped to the Roman; But still today emerge from underground constructions such as spa complex discovered in Piazza della Signoria and the theater, now incorporated by Gondi palace.

There are many street who reminds the Roman city. For example, Via delle Terme (road of the baths) located where the Roman bath house was located. The archaeological findings have allowed to locate and identify the remains of major public works such as the Capitoline Baths, the Baths of Capaccio, the system of dark waters, the pavement of the streets and the Temple of Isis. Under many apartments in Florence, could lie the roman town…

Terme

The most recognizable monument is the amphitheater, which always keeps its elliptical shape. It is no accident the way around it was named Via Tòrta (ie crooked). also monumental ruins can be visited in the basement of the cathedral (Santa Reparata area), the Baptistery (domus with mosaics), Palazzo Vecchio (the theater facilities) and the Tower of Pagliazza, in Piazza Santa Elisabetta (thermal plant), as well as in Calimaruzza street (south gate).

Via Torta

Via Torta

The Roman theater which was discovered in the basement of the Palazzo Vecchio was recently opened to visitors. In 2010, they came to light some parts of the old theater. The excavations are accessible thanks to a series of walkways: guided tours last about 40 minutes, a reservation is required. Tickets range from € 8 (full price) to EUR 4 for children under 17.

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

Florence, anyway, never could have spawned geniuses as Michelangelo and Leonardo if there wasn’t a city with a great history and culture.

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CARNIVAL IN TUSCANY!

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Venice it’s a must! We all know. And in Tuscany? Yes, you can find many nice carnival festivals in Tuscany too. Many Carnival festivities will take place all over Tuscany throughout every weekend of February. The grand finale is ‘Martedì Grasso’, also known as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday.
Florence is the ideal starting point to visit the different Carnival festivals in Tuscany.

Viareggio

Viareggio

Viareggio

Viareggio hosts the top carnival in Tuscany. The town is on the seaside and it is famous for its beach, fashion shopping promenade and of course for the well known carnival parade. There are weekend events (February 8, 15, 22 and 28), which include masquerade parties, comedy shows, costume balls and parades. Papier-mâché floats parade down the Viareggio’s liberty style promenade, featuring satirical effigies of politicians or public personalities.

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta

In Versilia, there are other smaller carnivals near Viareggio. The most appreciated of them take place in the streets of the town centre of Pietrasanta. There are historical parades, papier-mâché floats and a food festival in Piazza del Duomo. The Mardi Gras event is totally dedicated to children.

Follonica

Follonica

Follonica

It is one of the top family carnival events in Tuscany (16 and 23, and March 2). Follonica is located the upper Maremma. There’s a huge parade led by the ‘Re Carnevale’ (Carnival King), live music and it is a real food festival. You can taste sweet traditional cookies, pancakes and ‘cenci’, fried cookies with powdered sugar!

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana is located in the surroundings of Arezzo and it is famous for its big outlet mall where you can buy fashion clothes at a convenient price. Foiano’s carnival is the the oldest carnival in Italy and has been held since the Middle Age. It is led by a King of the Carnival, with a mask made of hay and dressed in rags, that is burned in a bonfire, the Rogo Giocondo, at the end of the carnival.

Castiglion Fibocchi

Castiglion Fibocchi

San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno

In addition to the masked parades, the village boasts the tradition of “Uffizi di Carnevale”, dating back to 1675. This ancient tradition of San Giovanni is celebrated in the five Sundays before Mardi Gras and has a religious meaning. The traditional celebration take place in the local Basilica with meals based on local recipes and typical stew of San Giovanni, preceded by a parade of the cart with pageboy in costume. It is the ideal pleace for who are looking for an immersion in the old renaissance times.

Siena

Siena

Siena

Siena is famous for its well known Palio delle Contrade. That’s why are 17 carnivals, one for each contrada. This is a special occasion to live like a local, taste gastronomic events and live shows in every point of the city. Mardi Gras is celebrated all together in the Piazza del Campo, that become a large open-air theatre festival.

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Apartment Fra Jacopo

Apartment Fra Jacopo