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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Florence in the summer is hot. It’s really hot. One Florentine, Dante Alighieri, might even go so far as to call it an Inferno. But wait, isn’t Dante’s deepest circle of hell frozen over!? Before you start betraying, money lending, or whatever sins it takes to reserve a place in that icy circle, let’s try to find some less […]

Forte Belvedere by Fabrizio Gemmi

Ah August, the month of ferie. During which, just about anyone with a business, a family or a pulse hightails it for the sea and says Ciao, ciao! to city life.  Even if you feel slighted that you don’t have the funds for a vacation spot in the country or at the beach, Florence, while noticeably deserted, […]

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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, […]

Synagogue by Johnk85 on Flickr

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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