Asti: The Duomo

The cathedral of Asti, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and San Gottardo, is located on the northwestern edge of the historical city centre. The large building – travel guides like to stress that it is one of the largest Gothic churches of Piemonte – stands just within the medieval city…

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Siena in de Uffizi

In de veertiende eeuw kon de schilderkunst in Siena zich zeker meten met die van Florence. Waar Florence Giotto en diens navolgers had, had Siena Duccio di Buoninsegna (ca. 1255-1318/1319) en de gebroeders Lorenzetti, Pietro (ca. 1280-1348) en Ambrogio (ca. 1290-1348). In de eerste zalen van de Uffizi in Florence…

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A walk in Vercelli

We parked our car at a large free car park near a former military barracks on the east side of Vercelli’s historical city centre. From this car park it was just a short walk to our first destination in the town, the Museo Borgogna. The museum is the second-largest pinacoteca…

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Vercelli: The Duomo

The cathedral of Vercelli can be found on the north side of the historical city centre, not far from the famous abbey of Sant’Andrea. The Duomo is a remarkable building with a long history. Although that history goes all the way back to Late Antiquity, the present Duomo is largely…

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Vercelli: Sant’Andrea

It is without a doubt the most conspicuous building in all of Vercelli: the basilica of Sant’Andrea with its eye-catching green façade. The basilica is the life’s work of cardinal Guala Bicchieri (ca. 1150-1227), who was himself from Vercelli. In addition to being a cardinal, he was also a papal…

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