Lungarno Corsini Florence

The Lungarno Corsini in Florence is one stretch of the road that runs along the northern bank of the river Arno. It is one of the most picturesque parts and leads from the Ponte Santa Trinità to the Ponte alla Carraia. The most striking building along the street is the Palazzo Corsini al Parione. Continue reading “Lungarno Corsini Florence”

San Giorgio Oratorium Padua, and Scoletta del Santo

The San Giorgio Oratorium is located on the Piazza del Santo in Padua. It was built to be the sepulchral tomb for the family of Marquis Raimondino dei Lupi di Soragna. The narrow building next to it is the Scoletta del Santo and contains a number of paintings by a young Tizian.

San Giorgio Oratorium Padua

San Giorgio Oratorium Padua,
Funeral of Saint Lucy

The Oratorio di San Giorgio was constructed in 1337. The stone relief in the central part of the brick facade depicts Saint George. Apart from this relief and some thin pillars the facade has but very few decorations.

Towards the end of the 18th century, the oratorium was transformed into a prison. Despite this, the fresco cycle by Altichiero Altichieri da Zevio on the interior wall of the facade has remained well preserved. The artist, with the collaboration of Jacopo Avanzi, worked from 1379 till 1384 on the cycle. Its subject is Biblical, such as the “Adoration of the Three Wise Men”, the “Adoration of the Shepherds”, etc.

The frescoes on the eastern wall show scenes from the life of Saint George and the ones of the western wall events from the lives of the saints Catherine and Lucy.

Before painting this cycle, Altichieri had already painted a chapel for the family Lupi in the Basilica del Santo.

Scoletta del Santo Padua

Scoletta del Santo Padua - Tizian
“Miracle of the Jealous Husband”.

The narrow building flanking to the Oratorium is known as the Scoletta del Santo. Its first floor was built in 1427.

The fresco “Madonna and Child and the saints Biagio and Girolamo” was painted by Padovanino.

The wooden “Immaculate Conception” statue was the work of R. Rinaldi, who learned his craft from Canova.

The second floor of the Scoletta del Santo was constructed in 1504, in order to become the seat of the Sala Priorale. This hall was frescoed in the beginning of the 16th century, by painters such as Girolamo del Santo, Bartolomeo Campagna and Tizian.

The cornice that divides this building into two halves was added in 1930.

San Giorgio Oratorium Padua

Roman Theatre Verona

The Roman Theatre of Verona is located at the foot of the Colle San Pietro. During the summer months it forms the backdrop to performances of Shakespeare’s plays. The entire complex consists of a number of buildings dating back to different periods. The ticket price includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum.

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San Pietro Ispano Church Boville Ernica

The 12th century San Pietro Ispano Church in Boville Ernica, a small town south of Rome, contains a number of works of art from the first Saint Peter’s Basilica. Its most famous attractions is part of the only surviving mosaic by Giotto. Continue reading “San Pietro Ispano Church Boville Ernica”

Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci Florence

The Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci in Florence is one stretch of the road running along the northern bank of the river Arno. Several buildings among the 19th century palaces lining the street are used as hotels. The street is named after the explorer who gave America its name.

Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci Florence

The Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci was constructed in 1583. In order to make its construction possible, several buildings directly on the bank of the river needed to be destroyed.

In 1857 it was named for Vespucci, who used to live in the area.

Apart from the 19th century hotels the most important sights are the Ponte Amerigo Vespucci, the Villa Favard, the Pescaia di Santa Rosa and the Palazzo Calcagnini. Th consulates of both Austria and Monaco have their seats in the Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci.

There is also a monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi.

The street stretches from the Ponte alla Caarraia to the Ponte alla Vittoria.

Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, Florence

Arche Scaligere Verona

The Arche Scaligere (“Scaligeri Sarcofaghi”) are the most striking Gothic monuments in Verona. They are located next to the Santa Maria Antica Church and used to be a private churchyard for the influential Della Scala family. The sarcophagi in this cemetery are richly decorated with statues and other ornaments.

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Santa Maria Antica Church Verona

The Santa Maria Antica Church is located on a corner of the Piazza dei Signori in Verona. It used to be the favourite church of the family Della Scala, which for more than a century was the most powerful family in the city. The famous Gothic cemetery known as the Arche Scaligeri is right next to the church.

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