The birthday of the Virgin Mary, September 8

On 8th September, Florence celebrated the birthday of the Virgin Mary and on that day in the year 1296, the first stone was laid for the city’s beautiful cathedral – Santa Maria del Fiore – a tribute to the Virgin.

Fiore (flower) in the name has a double meaning. On the one hand it is associated with Christ, who is “the flower” which flourished in Mary’s womb, but on the other hand it shows the pride of the people of “Fiorenza” as a community. The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore was created by the Republic to manage and oversee the design and construction of the new Cathedral which would symbolise the spiritual and civic richness of Florence.

A very Happy Birthday belated birthday wish for the Virgin Mary!

A day in Chianti: Montefioralle and Panzano-in-Chianti

Sangiovese grapes, ready to burst. This is the stuff from which chianti is made!