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An original section to reveal legends, mysteries, anecdotes and Tuscany curiosities
The exuberant spirit and strong attachment to their land that have always characterized the Tuscans - it seems that the term 'parochialism' was born here - have spawned hundreds of legends, anecdotes, folk beliefs and mysteries.
In this section, curated by a true insider and constantly updated, you can discover many curiosities of Tuscany and get to know the hidden treasures of Tuscany!
Do you want to know about illustrious and famous people from Tuscany? Or are you curious to discover the most famous (but even the less known) Tuscan anecdotes and legends? Then you are in the right place! Toscanainside will reveal the myths, legends, anecdotes and curiosities of Tuscany: based on historical facts, these brief descriptive texts will take you on a fun journey through the history, folklore and mysteries of a hidden Tuscany!
Anecdotes and Tuscan Curiosities is the fortnightly publication of toscanainside.com dedicated to those who want to learn about places, oddities, legends and whimsical Tuscan characters who, for some reason, have become part of the history of this land. Do you find the history and culture of Tuscany interesting? Our legends, mysterious places and Tuscan historical curiosities will be the same! Embrace this exciting reading... we're sure you will want to visit first-hand the places mentioned and the villages where the most famous Tuscan historical characters lived!
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David’s nose and Michelangelo’s stroke of genius
What is one of the icons of Florence? Surely majestic David. You can admire it in its original version at the Galleria dell’Accademia or alternatively its copy beautifully displayed in Piazza della Signoria. You should know there are many stories and anecdotes linked to this marvelous piece of work! For now, we'll tell you about one that concerns nothing less than its nose. Yes, exactly the nose of the face of the young man sculpted by Michelangelo. The events date back to 1504, when the most distinguished authorities of Florence went to the workshop of Michelangelo to admire the mammoth work that, at that point, was almost finished. One of them was the Gonfalonier Pier Sederini, who was known to be a patron of the arts. It was perhaps for this reason and certainly to boast about his knowledge, that he took the liberty to grumble a bit in front of the great sculptor. He pointed out that if the nose had been a little smaller, the whole thing would have looked really perfect. Well, Michelangelo was famous for his temper but on this occasion, given the political importance of the person in from of him, he refrained from losing it. But he was, nonetheless, a genius and did not want to miss the opportunity to mock unwary Sederini. But he did it with great skill! He agreed to reduce the nose size or so it seemed. Before climbing up, in fact, he picked up a hammer and a chisel and, together with these, some fragments and marble dust off the floor. He began to pretend to reduce its nose: a tap there, a tap there and, meanwhile, he opened his hand slightly and kept dropping the small pieces of marble and dust. It seemed like he was seriously chiseling the nose! Once finished, he asked Sederini if his change had had the desired effect. The Gonfalonier replied that he had been right to ask for that little change because the statue was now really perfect. Who knows how much Michelangelo laughed up his sleeve! Well, you too can now have a laugh thinking about this story, maybe when looking up-close at the infamous nose. Book our guided tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia and surely you will hear many other curiosities about Michelangelo's masterpiece.
Pistoia: The Pistoia’s comfits also won Zeffirelli’s heart!
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Pistoia comfits are a real delicacy even if, when you see them, they look a bit funny! They are white and have a very particular shape:...View
Arezzo: Guido d'Arezzo and the invention of the music
In Talla and surroundings people have no doubt: the inventor of the musical stave, the inventor of the music notes and also of the mode...View
Pisa: Kinzika, the young woman who saved Pisa from the Saracens
It was really her, a young woman with an Arabian name, Kinzica, of the noble Sismondi family, to save Pisa from being sacked by Saracen...View