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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

faking it: know your florence skyline

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 […]

Duomo by Matt Freire

celebrate easter week in florence

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, […]

the basilica of santo spirito

I go to Santo Spirito in search of trinkets at artisan markets. I go to Santo Spirito on Sunday afternoons to bask on the sunny steps of the church, with a few good friends and a Gusta Panino. I go when I find myself in an outfit that I am proud to say pushes my […]

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frightening florence: piazza del limbo

No, Florence does not celebrate Halloween the way we do in the U.S.; Italy reserves the remembrance of saints and souls for November 1 and 2 respectively. Yet there might be another reason Halloween hasn’t caught on here yet. When the city’s cobblestones are sealed with blood and soot from beheadings, burnings and beatings, every […]

florence-duomo-olive-grove

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 […]

piazza santo spirito

neighborhood crawl: santo spirito

If you manage to fight through the downtown crowds and slip over a packed Ponte Vecchio, you’ll encounter a much easier, even more delightful Florentine experience. We’ve explored part of the San Niccolo neighborhood on our San Miniato hike, but this crawl is dedicated to my favorite city quartiere  – Santo Spirito. This walk will […]