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Stories About Florence
A 500-Year-Old Record of the Aztec Empire Comes to Life
The Digital Florentine Codex’s three languages and thousands of hand-painted illustrations provide a window into culture, war, and daily life.
by Roxanne Hoorn
Podcast: Galileo’s Middle Finger
Investigating a renowned scientist's iconic digit.
by The Podcast Team
6 Groundbreaking Women You Didn’t Learn About in History Class
Meet the painter, the pilot, the author, and other "firsts" who paved the way.
by Sarah Durn
In 14th-Century Florence, Some Residents Socially Distanced While Others Hit the Bars
A contemporary debate would feel familiar to Europeans alive when the Bubonic plague arrived.
by Rachel Ashcroft
The Coronavirus Is Bringing Back Florence's Wine Windows
This isn't the first time they've come in handy during a pandemic.
by Matthew Taub
The Many Lives of Demogorgon, From Scribal Error to 'Stranger Things'
How vague and various descriptions made a medieval mistake into a lasting horror.
by Daniel A. Gross
A Nun's 450-Year-Old 'Last Supper' Makes Its Museum Debut in Florence
Plautilla Nelli was likely the first woman in history to paint the iconic biblical scene.
by Karen Chernick