Duomo by Matt Freire

To most, Easter in Florence means one thing – a flaming dove igniting a giant cart of fireworks in the middle of a crowd at ground level. While this spectacle is certainly the main event, we don’t think you should limit your Easter festivities to Sunday morning. So we say, why not start today? And hey, […]

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It’s obvious that Florence is our first love. We’re doting and loyal (I mean, we have a whole blog in her honor here!). But with the onset of spring, sometimes you get that itch to feel…free. To not worry about faking it, for just a little while. To let loose for a day or a […]

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Longer days and budding flowers should be welcome signs of spring. For many Florentines, however, they are warning sirens – the tourists are coming. Admittedly, the awkward love/hate (mostly hate) relationship Florentines have with tourists often leaves me less than eager to fly my American flag while abroad. So what do I do? I fake it. Faking it is […]

Photo by Moggi for Florence Design Week

Can someone tell me if there is a light at the end of this winter tunnel? I, who thought had made it through the season unscathed by illness, was brought down by a killer head cold and a final stateside snow storm this week (hence the delay in posting - apologies!). So, in addition to hot tea […]

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It’s that time of year again. The views through our office windows taunt us, and we crave fresh air more than a piping bowl of pasta. Nine out of ten doctors (ok, bloggers) agree, there’s no avoiding spring fever, only remedies. We happen to have just the prescription for a serious case of spring fever in Florence. Here are five of […]

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Today,  March 13th, Palazzo Strozzi is hosting its monthly Giovedi al Quadrato, or Thursday at the Square. This event is already a FFF dream: late-night museum hours from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., free activities (including concerts, creative events and more) in the atrium from 7:30 p.m. on, and free or discounted entry to the […]

Palazzo Vecchio by Matt Friere

This weekend is a spring shower of free-ness. Saturday, March 8, is the Festa della Donna (aka terrific lady day) in which you get free things just for being a girl (nothing new there, am I right ladies?!). For all you jealous fellas, Sunday is a Domenica del Fiorentino, meaning civic museums will not be […]

Luna Park at Cascine by PhotoCarletto

Yikes, March came up fast! We’ll spare you the small talk and get right to the heart of this month: carnivals, love for women and fathers, a foodie heaven, and the cure for cabin fever. It’s all coming your way, right now. Get excited. Carnival at Cascine Park | March 1-2, 4 Venice it’s not, […]

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The first time I found myself in San Niccolò, I was 19 years old, had my iPod stuffed in my ears, and was letting my mind get lost in the windows of the antique shops of the Oltrarno. As I headed east, I let workshops with their doors ajar, begging for stolen glances, and windows sparkling with […]

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A city accessorized with creations by the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli, Florence is the artistic envy of the western world. Every street glistens with artistic achievement, and there is no argument that the Medici had everything to do with it. Florence was their gallery, and for three centuries of power and wealth they […]

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