Category favorite places

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 […]

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 […]

the basilica of santa maria novella

Tomorrow, those with an interest in history or astrology can print this coupon to visit Santa Maria Novella and observe the spring eclipse and equinox. There will be free lectures (in Italian) that explain the 16th-century astrological tools, both on the church’s facade and inside the basilica, that track the time of year by the placement […]

underrated piazzas in florence

I am having some serious bouts of cabin fever. With spring on the way, I’m day-dreaming about long walks through Florence. Now, I know this is hard to believe, but there will be some nay-sayers out there who think they’ve already seen it all and aren’t particularly jazzed to stroll through Piazza della Signoria again (don’t ask who […]

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 […]

florence for free 2014 year in review

The year 2014 convinced hundreds of thousands of people to dump buckets of ice water on their heads. It broke the internet with a photo of Kim Kardashian’s behind, that we simply cannot unsee. Most importantly, it captured a cryptic elevator attack by Solange on Jay Z – the mysterious circumstances of which will haunt us well into […]

Four Seasons Firenze

a few of our favorite things

You probably haven’t heard yet, but Christmas is almost here! Wait, you have heard? Everywhere you turn someone is mentioning the birth of baby Jesus? So you CAN believe it’s almost time to celebrate? We at FFF also wanted to join in on the Christmas commotion, but we got a bit behind having too much fun […]

Detail of Malcolm X and Others by Alberto Moretti (1965), on view at Museo Novecento

upcoming events: november 2014

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 […]