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Roman theatre found in Florence

Archaeologists working in Florence, Italy, have discovered the remains of a Roman theatre under the Palazza Vecchio. The latest find at the site in the centre of the Tuscan capital includes the original painted stone pavements along which spectators used to walk from the outer circle of the theatre to the

Plague victims found underneath Uffici Museum

Construction work at the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy, has uncovered 60 skeletons which date back to the 5th or 6th centuries A.D. A centuries-old burial pit packed with the bodies of probable plague victims has been discovered by chance near the Uffizi Galleries in Florence. Workers who were digging the foundations

Medieval mass grave uncovered in Florence

A mass grave containing 60 bodies dating back to the 6th-7th centuries A.D. has been uncovered in Florence, Italy. The dig found 60 bodies laid out head-to-toe in a manner that could indicate hasty burial and need to optimize space in view of many more deaths, possibly because of a fatal

15th century scale model of Florence cathedral found

Archaeologists working near the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence have found a small brick dome which they believe might be a scale model for the cathedral which was built by Filippo Brunelleschi between 1420 - 1436. “Although at the moment we cannot confirm the small dome was the demostration model

Remains of Mona Lisa model found in Florence

Scientists believe they have found the remains of Lisa Gherardini, believed to have been the model for Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The skeleton was unearthed beneath the medieval Convent of Saint Ursula in Florence. Knowing she became a nun after her husband died and lived in the convent until her

The search for a lost Da Vinci painting

Leonardo Da Vinci seems to be showing up in a lot of fictional mysteries, but this time it's real: Researchers believe a Da Vinci painting may be hidden behind a mural in Florence, Italy. Their goal was to solve one of art history’s greatest mysteries - whether Vasari preserved a long-lost

The controversial decision to finish Michelangelo work

Way back in 1515, Pope Leo X commissioned Michelangelo to build a facade for a church. However, due to costs the project was never completed and all that remains are sketches and a wooden model. Now the mayor of Florence wants to initiate a project to finish the work, which

Railway construction threatens Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo's David is in danger of collapsing due to the building a high-speed train line beneath Florence, Italy. The statue is riddled with tiny cracks, particularly in the ankles of the boy warrior, and could collapse as a result of vibrations from the 1.4 billion euro project, which is due to