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Being a bit more Banksy than Botticelli, I knew I had to do ‘the art thing’ during The Boy and I’s time in Florence but didn’t want to waste time or money on anything less than the best of the best.

Upon discovering the Uffizi Gallery & Corridoio Vasariano (or Vasari Corridor) Tour on Florence24 (the creme de la creme – or Italian equivalent – when it comes to city tours), the decision made itself.

Starting our three-hour tour at the Uffizi Gallery, our astute art historian tour guide talked us through the highlights of the museum’s collections – most of which were left by the Medici to the state of Tuscany so that they could “adorn the State, be of utility to the Public and attract the curiosity of Foreigners”.

They have more than succeeded, now housing one of the world’s most famous museums.

After an educational traipse past the Birth of Venus, Doni Tondo, Venus de’ Medici and many more, we reached the ironclad highlight – the Vasari Corridor.

The Corridor, you see, is a somewhat secret above-ground passageway and a space very rarely open to the public. It was designed to let Francesco I de’ Medici (the Grand Duke of Tuscany) and his wife (Joanna of Austria – the Grand Duchess) move freely between his residence and the government palace without having the monarch-chronic anxiety of being seen in public. With one entrance in the Uffizi and one in the Pitti Palace, it stretches across the Ponte Vecchio and loggiato of the church of Santa Felicita with privileged, panoramic views along the way. Both inside and outside (the Corridor now hosts the Uffizi’s unique and plentiful collection of self-portraits).

Altogether, I left the tour feeling Botticelli as ever.

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After a handful of perfect days in Venice, I pre-emptively resigned Florence to a status of second-best. As well as being renowned for its high-brow art scene (which has never been my bag), The Boy couldn’t remember much of his post-teen trip to the city, leaving me with a scene set for lovely architecture. At best.

Quite the contrary, Lela from two weeks ago…quite the contrary…

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Glastonbury. Glasto. ‘Errr, that place I got really wasted last week with Stevie Wonder’. Whatever you call it, it is renowned as one of the world’s best music festivals and – though it began as a very hippie happening – one of the best places to find an incredible range of UK fashion.

From the 23rd to the 28th of June, thousands in the Vale of Avalon celebrated the iconic 40th year of music, mingling and madness. It was definitely one of the greatest years for festival-fashionyet – mainly due to righteous redhead duo Paloma Faith and Florence Welsh.)