Rome: Santi Apostoli

My first attempt to visit the church of the Holy Apostles in Rome was hardly a raging success. I had not forgotten that the Romans celebrate Epiphany on 6 January, but I had not expected that that meant that the Santi Apostoli would be used for religious services all day…

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Rome: Villa Farnesina

Precies tegenover het Palazzo en de Galleria Corsini staat een mooie, vijfhonderd jaar oude Renaissancevilla met enkele van de prachtigste fresco’s in heel Rome. Ik doel op de Villa Farnesina, gebouwd tussen 1506 en 1510. Veel borden in Trastevere wijzen de weg naar de villa en geven aan dat de…

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Rome: Galleria Corsini

Net buiten Trastevere kan men het Palazzo Corsini vinden. Het gebouw huisvest de Galleria Corsini, een van de twee locaties van de Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (de andere is het Palazzo Barberini). Hoewel ik al vaak in Rome ben geweest en vrijwel altijd in een hotel in Trastevere overnacht, had…

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Siena: The Duomo

My first visit to Siena was in 2010. It was a rainy day and we got lost on the way to the city centre (which is quite an achievement: Siena is not that big). We had lunch at a mediocre restaurant that served factory-made tiramisu, which really should be a…

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Milan: The Duomo

It took us at least an hour and a half to get inside the Duomo. Security measures were pretty tight and there was an awfully long queue outside the cathedral. Soldiers in combat fatigues with machine guns were patrolling the streets and guarding the Duomo, one of Milan’s most famous…

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Florence: Santa Croce

The Santa Croce is the principal church of the Franciscans in Florence. It is one of the largest Franciscan churches in the world, perhaps even the largest. The basilica can be found on the Piazza Santa Croce, which is the location of the annual Calcio storico or historical football in…

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