Tag Archives: michelangelo

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 […]

medici family crest by context travel on flickr

the medici walk: part 1

This walk was originally featured on Tuscany Arts! Meet the Medici: imprisonments, affairs, mysterious murders, and money. A pet giraffe, a dwarf muse, and the world’s first water park. Just when you thought your family was weird, the Medici swoop in with more drama than the Sopranos and more crazy than the Kardashians. Far more […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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 […]

piazza della signoria part 2: the loggia dei lanzi

Piazza della Signoria – a place so packed with culture, history, secrets, and just general wow-worthy moments that we had to break it into two separate posts. Last week, in piazza della signoria part 1, after a dizzying history lesson and some serious art contemplating, you were left high and dry at your cafe of choice to […]

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piazza della signoria part 1

Piazza della Signoria – duh. If you left your Florence trip planning in the hands of a kindergartner he or she would make this piazza the first stop on your itinerary. So why are Meg and I, two seasoned Florentine explorers, telling you about something your 5-year-old nephew could? Because let’s be honest, if you’re the […]

beheading of st. john the baptist from evanscoxfamily on flickr

il chiostro dello scalzo

There’s nothing Hannah and I love more than a creepy tomb, peculiar work of art, or good conspiracy theory. Considering we’ve already covered our favorite cemetery and the graves of some famous artists, you should be fair warned of our love for the slightly ghoulish. Luckily Mannerist forerunner Andrea del Sarto also had an affinity for […]