Tag Archives: Medici

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 […]

holiday hack: florentine christmas traditions

Florence during Christmas is wondrous, magical, sparkly, etc, etc, etc. It’s also a little weird. If you didn’t grow up in Florence, or Italy for that matter, it’s only natural to wonder what’s up with the witches everywhere. Or how about the men walking around in tights? And why are there oranges in the Christmas […]

the palazzo crawl

In Italian/English dictionaries, the first translation of palazzo is palace, and let’s be honest, we all stop there. The rushed translation results in hoards of wide-eyed english speaking tourists awe-struck to hear that there are palaces on every single block in Florence. Italians, however, use the word palazzo to refer to many types of buildings (not just […]

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 […]

free museums with anna maria luisa de’ medici

A city accessorized with creations by the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli, Florence is the artistic envy of the western world. Every street glistens with artistic achievement, and there is no argument that the Medici had everything to do with it. Florence was their gallery, and for three centuries of power and wealth they […]

florence for free 2013 year in review

As we come to the end of 2013, we do so with an emphatic exhale. We have to admit, the year started off a bit rocky for all of us. Hostess had stopped packaging their pastries, whispers of a looming bacon shortage shook us to the core, Sharknado was released, and then the Pope went […]

the medici walk: part 2

This walk was originally featured on Tuscany Arts! Looking for part 1? It’s right here. With a caffeine buzz and time to take in the first half of our Medici saga, let’s get back on our track with your Medici warm-up walk of Florence in Piazza della Signoria. Distance: 800 m Time: 45 minutes Cost: […]