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Any readers familiar with this blog will know that we’re always trying to find new, alternative ways for our followers to experience the city. That’s why we’re especially psyched about the return of Florence Terraces with a View for its second summer. The program’s mantra is “Change your point of view!” Locals and visitors alike are encouraged […]

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Meg had the worst day of her entire life in Piazza San Marco. A few summers back, the girl with the worst case of ornithophobia (irrational fear of birds) that I have ever seen, found herself face-against-wing with a neurotic pigeon. After three years of crippling flashbacks, and excessive face-scrubbing, Meg is still recovering. Not to stir-up the memories, Meg, […]

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To all our American readers, Happy 4th of July! We’re busy celebrating stateside, but, as per usual, Florence needs no specific reason to celebrate the start of summer. Instead, the city’s calendar is already packed with activities of all types to fit every interest. Here are five, but make sure to check the calendar for even more, including interactive […]

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We strive to find fun, free things for you to do in every post, but rarely do we have an incredible opportunity land squarely in our lap. This weekend, on June 28th and 29th, the brand-spankin’ new Museo Novecento will celebrate its opening with two days of free entry, guided tours, kids’ activities and a spectacular DJ […]

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For those of you in Florence this week, we imagine you’ve noticed that attractive, well-dressed men have invaded the city – not the worst invasion Florence has ever seen. Pitti Uomo 86 has arrived. Pitti Uomo, the largest men’s fashion event in the world, occurs twice a year in Florence, in January and June. If […]

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Florence for Free is about to take on another F you might’ve never thought possible from a couple of American art historians: FOOTBALL! Now, we’re assuming you’ve made it to our World Cup guide because you’re not particularly well versed in anything Italian soccer. It’s ok, we wouldn’t be our first choice either to explain the game’s […]

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“Kim is even more beautiful than I am talented,” gushed the always humble Kanye West in one of his three, 20-minute speeches throughout the course of the Kimye wedding weekend. With five first dances, a massive gold box housing the bathrooms, one Jayden Smith running around in a white batman costume, and Kanye’s wedding present to […]

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Sixth month of the year is almost here, you say? It’s only fitting, then, to add a bonus event to this month’s list of top free things to do in the city. Your six events follow! Festa della Repubblica | June 2 Put your Italian pride pants on! Each June 2nd, the country celebrates the founding […]

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If Florence and its surrounding hill towns were siblings, Florence would be the overachieving eldest chid with a trophy case of accomplishments; Fiesole would be the breezy youngest child with the enigmatic personality that demanded people come to her; and San Domenico would be the middle child, lost in the shuffle and often forgotten about. For […]

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This one goes out to all my long-distance lovers out there! The ones who dream of Florence but only have memories to keep them warm at night. We find Instagram to be the best way to keep our love affair alive. Ogling over others’ Florence posts makes us feel almost right at home. Here are […]

Movement at Le Murate

Le Murate – the former convent, turned prison, turned hipster hub – is one of the most culturally rich (and confusing) sites in Florence. It is also the easiest to miss. I, for one, nonchalantly strolled by Le Murate for close to a year before I was enlightened to its rich history and cultural events. With the […]

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May is a goldmine for free things to do in Florence. It starts right away with the Notte Bianca events in the early hours of the 1st and continues throughout the month with days and nights of free museums, gardens, movies, and more. So let’s consider May the pot of gold at the end of the […]

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