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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). […]

walking tour: via del corso

Each and every palazzo, piazza, or strada in Florence has a history, composed of centuries of unique stories. While people have come and gone over the past 2,000 years, their legacy remains in the layers of the streets and the tops of the towers–we just need to look for it. It is certainly not a secret, however, that the […]

Deposition, by Andrea del Castagno, 1443-1445, by Ben Rimmer via Flickr

inside santa maria del fiore

As promised, this week we’re bringing you inside the only structure in Piazza del Duomo that doesn’t charge – the cathedral itself. Don’t be deterred by a long list of fees for supplemental Duomo fun. Yes, you have to pay to climb the inside of the dome (still awesome) or delve deeper into the ancient […]

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 […]