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Today Hannah & I are headed back to Florence! With just a few days in the city, we have a packed schedule that leaves little wiggle room for what might typically be considered la dolce vita. For just that reason, we’ve got to be strategic about what we see and do to ensure we’ll have time […]

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Trying to budget time when planning your vacation to Florence is stressful. It’s so stressful. You drained your savings account and kissed your entire stash of PTO goodbye. You better take full advantage of every single second–and you try to. But as you stand in front of David, staring into his eyes, you might feel yours beginning to […]

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Yikes, it’s November! Who let that happen? Well, I guess we can’t complain too much, as November is host month to one of our favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. This particular Thanksgiving, we’ll be bursting with gratitude to be spending it in not one but two of our favorite cities–Florence and Rome! That’s right, we’re headed back to Italy […]

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In Halloweens past, Meg and I have properly haunted this blog with spooky stories and lurid legends that lurk in the palazzi and piazze of Florence. That’s all they are though – stories, legends, claims and hearsay. Far more chilling to Florentines is an individual who has haunted the hills of Florence for decades and a case that […]

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Ciao from Hannah & Meg! This week, we’re extending a very warm welcome to our buddy and fellow Syracuse MA grad, Emily. We thought to ourselves, “Is our blog starting to look more Renaissance Fair than city explorer?” So Emily swooped in to save the day and offer some insights on one of Florence’s more […]

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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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