Author Archives: Hannah

city search: the man, the myth, the baptist.

St. John the Baptist is a big deal in Florence. If the fireworks and parades didn’t tip you off, he’s an even bigger deal this week. What’s all the hype about this hipster mountain man, on the ultimate paleo diet of bugs and bushes? For starters, St. John the Baptist had some pretty famous family (like Jesus). […]

santi apostoli

Meg and I have laundry list of dreamy descriptors for our favorite city. Yet, as it’s summer, “oppressive heat” and “suffocating crowds” are the only adjectives currently coming to mind. Well, there’s nothing to be done about the sun, and I can’t blame people for wanting to visit Florence. So how do we handle the summers? In addition to […]

10 ways to get your florence pop culture fix

Tomorrow, I am going to London with my parents. That means for the last month of my life I have been drowning in Shakespeare, Spice World, royal family trees, and One Direction albums (peace out, Zayn). It’s just a little thing I do before trips to absorb the shock from my unbridled excitement. As I’ve watched […]

modern florence: la palazzina reale

Ciao from Hannah & Meg! You may remember our pal, Emily, from her post on San Giovanni dell’Autostrada. As our resident expert on modern Florence, we’re bringing her back this week to highlight another modern marvel of Florence–La Palazzina Reale. To start your tour, head to the train station (don’t worry, we’re staying in Florence!).  Imagine […]

walking tour: via di san leonardo

“Runner’s high” is a phenomenon that has been explained to me time and again. I have yet to experience it and remain dubious of its existence. However, if you want to talk walker’s high–Meg and I are there! If you’re new to Florence for Free, you should know that our very favorite way to explore […]

the badia fiorentina: "that other tower"

Poor Badia Fiorentina. She sits smack dab in city center on a major tourist via with her doors open, yet we always pass right on by. She pokes her tower into every cityscape photo taken from Piazzale Michelangelo, yet we somehow see straight past her to Brunelleschi’s dome and Arnolfo’s tower. So, who is this Medieval masterpiece hiding in plain […]

our top picks: florence day trips

While birds, blue skies and longer days are the typical indications of spring, Meg and I find the first signs of the season in our inboxes. Friends, family, distance acquaintances and even some of you come to us for tips as they plan their summer trips to Italy. One of the most common questions that we receive […]

simonetta vespucci: renaissance it girl

This Sunday is International Women’s Day. Florence will be treating the ladies with yellow flowers (mimosas) and free access to all civic museums. Meg and I, at Florence for Free, will be celebrating by admiring the short, yet legendary life, of a favorite Florentine girl crush. Artists called her their muse, noblemen jousted for her affections, poets likened her […]

the medici chapel, for free!

Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici is our girl. If she were alive today, we would make this FFF duo a trio. She loves art, she loves Florence and, each February 18th, she makes it all free. As the last member of the Medici family, Anna Maria ensured before her death that the art collected, commissioned and inspired by her […]

the ponte santa trinita

If you know just one bridge in Florence, know the Ponte Vecchio. If you know two bridges in Florence, make the second the Ponte Santa Trinita. The bridge of Santa Trinita lies in the shadow of the iconic Ponte Vecchio, just one bridge to its west, and is most often utilized as the perfect post-up for a view […]