Medici: the best book

The Medici book

The best book about The Medici, the most important family of Florence .

I want to suggest you this book that has been very helpfull for me while I was studying to become a local guide.

But let me tell you something about this family.


The Medici had power in Florence for about 300 years.

But the way they managed the town changed in the history.

In the 15th century they started to be bankers and became very reach.

They started to manage power in town using olso bad method?.as corruption.

However some of them did it in a ?clever? way and they were loved by the common people.

But at the end of the 15th century they were exiles from the town by the Republic of Florence.

In the 16th century they got the title of Dukes that means they started to be the only one to control the town.

Later they became also Grand Duke.

I organize some tours in Florence about The Medici, you can find the description in my website 🙂


The book title is : Medici: Story of a European Dynasty

It is written by Franco Cesati an italian publisher and journalist who wrote several books about Florence.

This one has a very good introduction to The Medici but tell you also something about the different kind of Government that the town had before The Medici.

I read this book before starting my school to get the license as local guide, to be introduced to the great family.

But it was also helpful during the school because there is a section related to each member of the family and is very well organized and written.

I suggest to read this book before coming to Florence to better understand any tour that is possible to do here: because anything in this town is somehow related to The Medici.

And the book is easy to be read: paragraphs are not to long and there are also little mentions to art related to any member of the Medici.

You can find the book on this link.


Enjoy the history of The Medici!!!



The Chianti area

The Chianti Area

Today I want to tell you about another important place: the Chianti area.

I leave you a vide, in case today you don’t feel like reading!


Vineyard of Chianti, tipical landascape of this area which is famous for wine and olive oil.
Vineyard of Chianti

First of all the pronouciation: in Italy when we have a letter C follow by the letter H we pronounce it as a K. So it should sound as Kianti.

View of the Chianti hill, the beautifull area situated between the provinces of Siena and Florence
View of the Chianti hill

Chianti is an area based between the cities of Florence and Siena.

Florence and Siena are government areas, same as Tuscany.

Chianti is simply a geographic area and it is also very famous for the production of wine.

About this a suggest you to visit the page of the web site in which you will find nice experiences that you can do here, also wine tasting!


Wine is a very important product of Tuscany.

In any part of the region you can find good wines.

In this area we have a wine called Chianti, same as the area.

Chianti means also a certification because producers have to follow all the rules of the certification, if they want to make a Chianti wine

Which are the rules? There are many. I’ll tell you some of them.

Chianti red grape: the one that must be used to produce the Chianti wine.
Red grape in Chianti

First of all they must use minimum 70% of Sangiovese grape, which is a grape that grow up in Tuscany. Sangiovese is a red grape and the name comes from the Blod of Jupiter.

But this Sangiovese grape must come from the Chianti. Indeed another rule is that Chianti must be produced within the area of Chianti.

Then they can mix with some other grapes that grow up in the Chianti, for example Cannaiolo, Merlot, etc.

Then there are rules about aging, how many months the wine must stay in barrels nad then in bottle before to be sold. And this depends also on the type of Chianti (I will make another article about the different kinds of Chianti).


Chianti is red or white wine?

It is a red wine. There is no white Chianti.

If somebody try to sell you a white wine and tell you that it is Chianti, you can say: “Hey , you are a lier, because I know. Chianti is red!” . And that is true.

But in the area of Chianti is possible to produce some white wines, simply they have another name and can not be called Chianti.

A very famous wine of this area is the Vernaccia, wich is produced in the medieval town of San Gimignano, based inside the Chianti area.


If you come to Tuscany for your holiday you must visit the Chianti.

The best way is to rent a car, or a car with a driver and move through the beautifull hills of this area.

Greve in Chianti
Greve in Chianti

You can discover many little medieval town as San Gimignano, Clle di Val d’Elsa, Greve in Chianti.
And on the way you can stop for a wine tasting in a tipical winery.
You can find big winery but also small ones owned by families.

I am sure you will ejoy this amazing area!!!

In another article I will explain you more about the different kind of Chianti wine that is possible to taste here.