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Florencewalks Audio Guide proves to listeners that much of Florence's art is found not only in her world famous museums but on her streets as well. Florencewalks takes visitors on four intimate walking tours, revealing the treasures that can only be fully appreciated by those on foot. The neighborhoods include Dante's Florence; The Streets of the Renaissance Princes; Markets, Bazaars, and Antiques; and the Artisans' Quarter. Stroll down hushed alleys permeated with the aroma of fresh spices and produce. Enter sun-washed piazzas flanked by churches, artisans' workshops, and grand palazzo. Each tour leads visitors through centuries of Italian history and architecture, showing them the undisputed charms of this lovely city and revealing the scandals and anecdotes buried in its vivid and volatile past.
These four intimate walking tours can take as little as two hours or as long as a morning or afternoon, depending on whether you stop at shops, museums, or cafes which are pointed out along the way. You can also listen to the tapes before you leave to help you plan your day in Florence and they will be an enjoyable reminder for you when you return.
welcomed twelve Roman youths who were sent to the hillside temples to study augury. In the first century A.D., Pliny remembers the auspicious sight of a Fiesolan entering the gates of Rome accompanied by his seventy-four sons and grandsons and a commission to carry out some serious soothsaying. In the same century, Christian converts began to invade Florentia. The Christians were persecuted—thrown to lions in the amphitheater—on and off throughout the third century A.D. But by 313 a bishop was
century, when the Ghetto was torn down for the fine stores and offices that we see now, it had stretched as far as via dei Vecchietti (our next excursion). Via degli Agli is the street directly across from the corner the bank is on. The Agli family moved onto the block sometime in the twelfth century, and they bought up half of the adjoining street, via dei Vecchietti. The Agli were an old, established family in Florence and it was natural that they would take a disliking to any gente nuova, or
Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Herbert Percy Horne, the last private owner of the palace, was an early-twentieth-century English art critic, collector, and friend to the legendary art connoisseur Bernard Berenson. In old age the two quarreled over the attribution of four fifteenth-century altarpiece panels. The works in question had been retrieved from a fourteenth-century Florentine convent founded by retired prostitutes and are now owned by the Philadelphia
luxurious indoor shopping mall remained vacant with the exception of an occasional flower show. By 1885, however, the Florentine city fathers could no longer stand the profitless public structure. Orders for the Old Market to be torn down were put into effect. Architectural plans were drawn for high-class, high-rent stores to replace the ramshackle shops and stalls of the Old Market. The butchers and produce merchants had no choice but to relocate in the Central Market. Many of the businesses
or cold with oil and vinegar. Bright orange zucchini flowers sold all over the markets are transformed into a delicacy when dipped in a rich batter and deep-fried. An eating establishment that rivals a pizza stand any day is the frittoria. Here, not only zucchini flowers but also slices of eggplant, pumpkin, onions, artichokes, peppers, cauliflower, parsnips, and even lettuce are covered with a crisp, deep-fried coating. These days there are fewer frittorias around the center of Florence, but you