Artistic Brilliance Shines in Florence!

We are proud to offer exciting excursions all over the globe, from places deep in the jungle to some of the greatest cities man has ever dreamed to build. We like to share our passion with others so that they can see why we are so invested in the places we go. The world is remarkably big, and there are more amazing sights to see than can be imagined. Today we take a trip to one of the most artistic places in the entire world, Florence, Italy!

The Bargello, also known as the Palazzo del Bargello, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, or Palazzo del Popolo (which translates as “Palace of the People in English”) is a former prison and barracks which now serves as an art museum. The term Bargello is derived from Latin and means “fortified tower” or “castle” and was a term that was applied to military captains of Italy during the middle ages who were in charge of keeping the peace. Because these captains stayed in fortifications such as this one the name eventually stuck to the building as well. The original two stories of the building were finished in 1256 with the third story being added in 1323. In modern times the museum is home to masterpieces by such renowned artists as Michelangelo, Donatello, and Vincenzo Gemito.

The Catterale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in English, is the main church of the city. Construction of this beautiful building started in 1296 in the Gothic style and was completed in 1436 when the dome was finished and it was consecrated that same year. The outside is lined with multicolored marble panels in numerous shades of pink and green that give the building its beautiful sense of majesty. The cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence. The current archbishop if Giuseppe Betori. The inside of the cathedral is home to some stunning artwork, perhaps none more provoking than the Last Judgment, seen above, that is underneath the dome. There are few places in the world which can rival the beauty of this wonderful monument dedicated to faith.

Giotto’s Campanile is a standalone bell tower that is a part of the Florence Cathedral. The tower was first started in 1334 after the original Master of Works of the Cathedral passed away and was completed in 1359 after the title passed through multiple people’s hands during that period. It stands adjacent to Santa Maria del Fiore, and the tower is one of the finest examples of Florentine Gothic architecture with its design by Giotto. It features multicolored marble encrustations that give it a fantastic sheen and fabulously rich sculptural decorations! The inside houses multiple works of art, including the famous “Euclid” by Nino Pisano!

Florence is an amazing city, with such as rich history in both the arts as well as religious ceremony, it makes a great adventure for anyone wishing to explore a lively city. The architecture can’t be beat, either! We’re so proud to be taking our travelers all around the beautiful country of Italy as a part of our Gay Taste of Italy Tour, which features other such cities as Rome and Venice! For all of the information on this amazing trip, go here.

 

 

Where Art thou Art? In Venice!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Today we stop in on Venice, Italy, where the visionaries of the past still live on today!

The Doge’s Palace, or Palazzo Ducale in Italian, is a palace built in the Venetian Gothic style. The Palace is named after its former resident, the Doge of Venice, who served as the supreme authority when Venice was still a republic. The first building to house the Doge was built in the 9th century at the behest of Angelo Partecipazio, who moved the seat of government from the island of Malamocco. This building wouldgo on to be destroyed by a fire a century later and it would not be until 1340 before the current Doge’s Palace was completed. Several more fires would ravage the palace throughout the centuries requiring several reconstructions. Eventually the Republic of Venice would fold due to occupations from the French and Austrians in the 18th and 19th centuries before becoming a part of Italy in the 1866. These days the palace is one of 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civci di Venezia and is considered to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The palace is noted for its various paintings such as Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice, which was finished in 1750, pictured above. People who visit the museum these days remark often about how beautiful everything within its halls are as well as the excellent audio guides which are offered to enrich people’s experience! It is a must visit in the city of Venice!

 

The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, shortened to Frari often, is one of the greatest churches in the city of Venice. The rights to the land that the church now stands on were given in 1250 but it was another 88 years before the church would finally be completed. It is one of several notable church in the city that was built in the Italian Gothic style of architecture. Perhaps the most important feature of the church is all of the amazing works of art stored within it as well as all of the famous artists who are interred there. Titian, who is widely considered to be the most important member of the 16th century Venetian school of painting and whose self-portrait is seen above, is interred here.

It is evident that Venice’s history when it comes to artistry is intrinsic to the city still today. Venice is a remarkable city with so much to explore and experience! You can go there though as part of our Gay Taste of Italy Tour! We’ve for Venice, we’ve got Tuscany, we’ve got Sorrento, and of course we’ve got Rome! For all of the details on this AMAZING trip, go here.

 

 

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW MUSICAL & PARTY

It’s astounding. Time is fleeting. And madness finally takes its toll, But Listen closely….not for very much longer…. I’ve got to keep Control!!! 

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Official Theatrical Trailer

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