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texts: M. Benedetti, D. Buttafuoco, L. Ciuccetti, D. Corsini, G. La Spina, G. Mengozzi, M. Fintoni, S. Frasca, A. Paoletti illustrations: S. Frasca, S. Vanni

publication year: 2002
paperback with flaps, 150x225 mm, pp. 224
over 350 colour photographs and maps and over 100 drawings

88-85957-48-X English
88-85957-47-1 French
88-85957-49-8 German
88-85957-46-3 Italian
88-85957-52-8 Spanish

A colourful and entertaining survival kit for teenagers visiting (or living in) Florence, this volume was thought up, written and designed in collaboration with Amici dei Musei Fiorentini. Here is all a young reader needs to wear out his sneakers as he follows in the footsteps of Philip and his guides: Uncle Charlie, a world-famous archaeologist, and his friend Giulia, a talented restorer. On this fascinating journey our heroes discover streets, palaces, churches, museums and gardens, ‘meeting’ a variety of different characters (saints, painters, scientists, architects, popes, politicians), some renowned, others less so – but all of them ever so slightly touched.


1. Arrival
The journey. Piazzale Michelangelo. A hop up to Fiesole.

2. Piazza del Duomo
The square. The Baptistery of San Giovanni. Santa Maria del Fiore. Santa Reparata. Inside the Duomo. Brunelleschi’s Dome (the Cupola). Two sacristies. The Dome (with a vengeance). The Opera del Duomo Museum.

Come again? Mosaic-work

Come again? Stained Glass

3. Romans & Co.
Florentia. Archaeological Museum.

4. Middle Ages and thereabouts
Tower-houses. Palazzo Davanzati. The Church of San Miniato al Monte. Interior. The walls and fort.

5. Piazza della Signoria
History and architecture. Loggia dei Lanzi and statues. The casting of Perseus. The Hall of the Five Hundred. Francesco’s Studiolo and Eleonora’s Apartments. The Porcellino. Orsanmichele.

6. Santa Croce
The piazza and historic football. The Church of Santa Croce. Giotto and Cimabue.

7. Santa Maria Novella and San Lorenzo
Santa Maria Novella: the square and church. Masaccio’s Trinity. Ghirlandaio’s Stories. The Church of San Lorenzo. The Old Sacristy. The Medici Chapels.

Come again? Perspective

8. Craftmanship and Renaissance
The Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Piazza Santissima Annunziata. The Spedale degli Innocenti.

9. Medici-Riccardi Palace
The history of a mansion. Lorenzo and Clarice. The Chapel of the Magi.

10. Bargello and Stibbert Museums
History of the Bargello. Donatello’s St George. Other rooms. The Stibbert Museum (and Gardens).

11. San Marco and the Accademia
The Convent of San Marco. Fra Angelico. The story of a block of marble. Michelangelo’s David.

12. The Museum of the History of Science
Astrolabes and armillary spheres. Galileo. Planets and polemics. The Dialogue and the trial.

13. The Uffizi
History of the museum. 14th-century Madonnas. Gentile da Fabriano. Masaccio and Paolo Uccello. The Birth of Venus and Primavera. Leonardo and Michelangelo.

14. The Prince’s Passageway
Take-off. Vasari’s Corridor. Boboli Gardens. Ammannati’s Courtyard. Palazzo Pitti’s facade.

15. Arno and Oltrarno
The Arno River. The flood. Weirs and mills. The bridges of Florence. The Oltrarno. The Specola Museum. The Church of Santo Spirito. The Brancacci Chapel.

Come again? Fresco

16. At Palazzo Pitti
The Palatine Gallery. The Rooms of the Planets.

17. At Palazzo Pitti (take two)
The Silver Museum. Gallery of Modern Art and Costume Gallery.

18. Departure
At the airport. Florence (as it was). Epilogue

City Map

Tourist information. Around and about. Never on an empty stomach! Killing time. Walks and trips in the surroundings. Florence on the World Wide Web. Museums, churches and gardens (opening hours, fees and services).

Analytical Index
Names, places, works of art, notabilia and whatnot.