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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 […]

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 […]

kimye’s wedding: finding history and culture in the hot mess

“Kim is even more beautiful than I am talented,” gushed the always humble Kanye West in one of his three, 20-minute speeches throughout the course of the Kimye wedding weekend. With five first dances, a massive gold box housing the bathrooms, one Jayden Smith running around in a white batman costume, and Kanye’s wedding present to […]

the official uffizi party: the guest list

Notte Bianca is the one night a year that Florence (museums, restaurants, shops and all) parties all night long in the name of the arts. It is winding up for its fourth installment this Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. The official schedule, outlining locations of performances, parties, and openings, is never released until just before the event. Luckily, some […]

ognissanti

You’re nostalgically strolling down Via Calzaiuoli on your last night in Florence. The street glistens with sparkly hats stacked atop the heads of salesmen. Light-up toy helicopters swirl to remarkable heights into the night sky above you. A tiny Mini Mouse cutout dances to LMFAO on the street corner (seriously how does that work?!). You’ve […]

piazza del duomo

Talk about the elephant in the room! For each of our excursions, we’ve told you that when all else fails, head to the Duomo to start your adventure. What we’ve neglected to mention is that the Piazza del Duomo itself is one of Florence’s top free outings. Maybe we’ve avoided it for so long because […]