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Pink Peppercorn Risotto

Pink Peppercorn Risotto

On one of my visits to Florence I had a pink peppercorn risotto for lunch. It was beautiful! Subtle and delicate flavours perfectly suited to the warm and dappled February sunshine and chardonnay we were drinking. I have tried to recreate something similar, although it…

Everything you need to know about shoes

Everything you need to know about shoes

The first time I went to Florence, come to think about it every time I’ve been to Florence, it has been with a lovely friend of mine who is a little bit mad about shoes. I on the other hand am a bit clueless, although…

Bodies made from wax, stuffed animals and things in jars

Bodies made from wax, stuffed animals and things in jars

Florence is one of my favourite city’s in Italy. It has everything, food, art, architecture, a river, amazing views and friendly people. It is also relatively small so most places are walkable.

La Specola is the oldest public museum in Europe and was founded in 1775 in the grounds of the Botanical Gardens which dates back to 1545. It has over 8 million specimens the most amazing of all are the wax anatomical sculptures. Clemente Susini was the man responsible for many of these which were often made as commissions for use as teaching aids for surgeons and others from the medical profession as well as artists who wanted detailed knowledge of the human form.  They are simply amazing! The detail is incredible. The weird thing about them is the added wigs or pearls around the neck of a slightly seductive looking woman who has her chest cavity splayed open. It is no surprise that the Marquis de Sade was a keen visitor.

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