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david on the duomo florence italy

walking tour: michelangelo’s david on display

Guys, I have a confession to make. I used to live in the San Marco neighborhood, and anytime I needed to head into city center I’d practically skip down the cobblestones of Via Ricasoli towards the Duomo. But my gait would slow when I’d pass the long line of people snaking around the block. Tourists […]


florens 2012: free culture all week!

For culture enthusiasts like us, the Florens project is a biennial gift of free art installations, lectures, and aperitivo hours. All encourage conversation around a central theme: “culture is the quality of life.” The weeklong event not only celebrates Florence’s unique, thriving culture but also challenges its accepted norms, on topics ranging from fashion to […], John Pastorello

the scuola del cuoio

If you’re a committed Florence for Free reader (that’s you mom and dad) then you know by now that I am a person whose memories, nostalgia and experiences are defined by scents. The enticing smell of fresh leather is pervasive in Florence and one of the nostalgic scents that envelopes my memories of the city. […]

Valdarno countryside

wwoofing in tuscany

We’ve been covering our favorite free things to do in Florence proper, but city center only offers a thin slice of the adventures to be had. Sometimes it’s best to escape the stone walls, venture into the hills, and experience a very different, still very authentic, Italian way of life. Topics in the queue for […]

Vara pumps via Borough Vintage

walking tour: fashion as art on display

As we said before, we’re all about spreading the Team Florens love. Promoting and investing in culture to sustain the city’s economy? Yes, please. With this noble goal in mind, I’m going to tackle a topic that might at first seem at odds with our budget-friendly, for-free blog: high-end fashion. We’re talking Gucci, Ferragamo, Prada […]

oratory of the buonomini of san martino

I love the bustle of Florence. The grand piazzas, the throngs of people, whizzing vespas, and shouting Italians. It is classic Italy and why we love it so. However, unbeknownst to many tourists, the city wisely keeps its best parts to itself, leaving it up to us to sniff them out! You can consider this […]

introducing: team florens

We’re mixing things up here at Florence for Free this week. We’re excited that Fondazione Florens is pulling together an elite team of social media mavens to cover the Florens 2012 Cultural and Environmental Heritage Week. The conference will feature a brain trust of smarts working together to encourage investment in Florence’s natural and historical […]