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In Italian/English dictionaries, the first translation of palazzo is palace, and let’s be honest, we all stop there. The rushed translation results in hoards of wide-eyed english speaking tourists awe-struck to hear that there are palaces on every single block in Florence. Italians, however, use the word palazzo to refer to many types of buildings (not just […]

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for a little behind-the-scenes glance at what makes the writers of this blog tick. Now, you might be thinking, “Who cares about you ladies? We’re here for the freebies!” We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that. But for those of you who have reached out to us with questions about […]

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Ok, so the word understanding might be a bit of a stretch. We’ve come to accept that we will never truly understand the Italian train system. However, after years of validation mishaps, sleeping through our stops, train strikes, and sitting on the floor of an over-sold train, we’ve learned our fair share of lessons. Through […]

Museo Stibbert by Roberto Serrini on Flickr

Each October is a big month for events in Italy. Harvest festivals are in full swing and the change of seasons brings with it new shows, exhibits and festivals. This fall will also bring another “big” event to Florence: these two ladies will be returning to our favorite city! Well, we won’t make it there […]

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Each and every palazzo, piazza, or strada in Florence has a history, composed of centuries of unique stories. While people have come and gone over the past 2,000 years, their legacy remains in the layers of the streets and the tops of the towers–we just need to look for it. It is certainly not a secret, however, that the […]

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As we’re still in back-to-school mode, we can’t help but think of all the Florence newbies that are trying to get a handle on the city. Of course, it’s not just students who have this problem; all travelers at any time of year experience a disorienting feeling once plopped down in a new place. So, consider […]

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Don’t know much about Florence? Studying the skyline is a perfect place to start and just the way to fake it. Whether you just embarked on your semester abroad, are a few years settled into your Italian expat life, or are passing through with friends, it’s always fun to dote on your favorite destination and impress your friends and […]

Festa della Rificolona by g_u on Flickr

Many use September as the time to mourn summer. I, on the other hand, always anticipate the leather boots, knit sweaters and cooler temperatures eagerly. “But there’s so much more to do during the summer!” people exclaim. Whelp, don’t start crying just yet, summer lovers. In researching our monthly event series, we found that the start […]

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Santa Trinità is one of those places. One of those places you stumble upon just as you think that one more step in the scorching Tuscan sun will knock you into a sweat-induced coma. You push open the heavy wooden door with your last ounce of energy. This place is dark, the air is cool, and you can’t […]

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We’ve been fielding requests in the last few weeks from students about to embark on what may be the best thing to ever yet happen to them: studying abroad in Florence. We write that statement with no sense of irony, as studying abroad anywhere is a luxury and can be an eye-opening, life-altering experience. That is […]

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