Best Museum in Florence: the BARGELLO! Or… is it second best?

If I had one morning in Florence, and I wanted to choose only one museum to visit, I would almost certainly choose the Bargello. It would have to be a morning though because the Bargello keeps confusing hours and isn’t typically open in the afternoon. The structure is a medieval barracks/fortress/prison/castle of awesome and has the… Read More Best Museum in Florence: the BARGELLO! Or… is it second best?

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Milan’s Castello Sforzesco and the last work of a Dying Michelangelo?: I am IN!

Castles are the best. And Castles that have been turned into museums? EVEN BETTER. In Milan, there is the super duper cool Castello Sforzesco, a castle full to the gills with a ton of medieval and renaissance sculpture. AND a frescoed ceiling by Leonardo da Vinci (which you won’t have to wait in line for,… Read More Milan’s Castello Sforzesco and the last work of a Dying Michelangelo?: I am IN!

Calm and Quiet amid the Chaos: The Protestant Cemetary

Rome is a nutty city. The drivers are wild (though with their own certain logic), the store/museum/church/restaurant hours are variable and unreliable, the public transit is a lost cause. Romans, tourists, and ex-pats orbit each other in alternating tense or relaxed revolutions. Amidst all the crazy I always sought out calm and quiet. Usually that… Read More Calm and Quiet amid the Chaos: The Protestant Cemetary

A lesser known but still lovely villa: the Villa Medici (which, is totally subtle in every way)

I was not being facetious when I said that Rome is packed with villas. I said that right? I’m back in Italy now, only a few hours off the plane so my brain is zombie-fied, but I’m also clamoring to share more villa-love. How about the Villa Medici, aka the French Academy? In this instance… Read More A lesser known but still lovely villa: the Villa Medici (which, is totally subtle in every way)

Conquering the Lonely Planet Rome List: Museo dei Fori Imperiali or Markets of Trajan

Don’t go to the Imperial Forum. I repeat: if you come to Rome, don’t go to the Imperial Forum. I know that statement is completely contrary to what your guidebook is telling you, but trust me, don’t bother. Now let me back up: It’s been a while since I’ve done much Rome-conquering. As a refresher:… Read More Conquering the Lonely Planet Rome List: Museo dei Fori Imperiali or Markets of Trajan