Florence – Foscolo

The poet and revolutionary, Ugo Foscolo, (see previous blog) has an impressive monument in Santa Croce. In the same church are the tombs of many other great Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini.

Ugo Foscolo Memorial Florence


Vasari – Florence

Today is the anniversary of the death of Italian author and artist, Giorgio Vasari, who died in 1574.

As we mentioned in a previous post, Vasari’s main claim to fame is as a writer. His book, “The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects”, was published in 1550 and is still in print today.

Vasari was also the favourite architect of Cosimo I de Medici, designing the Uffizi Palace in Florence, and the Vasari Corridor which connects it to the Pitti Palace on the other side of the Arno. The 1km long Vasari Corridor features in Dan Brown’s novel, “Inferno”. The corridor can be visited on a guided tour.