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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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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