Tag Archives: palazzo pitti

walking tours with florence in august!

There has been a recent uptick in emails of people “RSVPing” for the walking tours featured on this site. Nothing makes Hannah and I as simultaneously happy and sad as receiving such a note–happy that someone thinks they’ll enjoy the tour enough to reach out to us, and sad that we can’t be there in person to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dante and Beatrice by Henry Holiday, 1883

walking tour: famous florence lovers

Short, sweet, and to the point – the recipe for the perfect Valentine and, it turns out, for a Valentine’s Day walk!  It’s no secret that Florence is famous for attracting lovers, so we decided to follow in the footsteps of some of the city’s most renowned couples. Worried that it might be too saccharine? […]

Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo by VT_Professor

walking tour: florence in a day

Hi, we’re Hannah and Meg, and we’re obsessed with Florence.  Recently, we took a step back and wondered, “Hey H&M, do you really think everyone wants to pack up their lives and move to Florence?” While we’re shocked the answer isn’t a unanimous YES!, we’re coming to terms with a new reality. Say you’d rather […]

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 […]

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: […]

palazzo vecchio courtyard

Some of my most perfect days in Florence involved nothing but hours of combing through Zara sale racks, 4 popsicles from La Bottega, and a chick flick at the Odeon.  I have Catholic guilt though. And what did Catholic guilt mean for an Art History student in Florence, constantly aware of the reality which would […]

la notte dei musei

Do you have fantasies about wandering the halls of Pitti Palace after midnight, pretending you live there? Do you dream about spending a late night evening with David? How about thoughts of exploring Cosimo’s offices after dark? (We’re convinced the Uffizi has more than a few ghost stories to tell.) No, just us? If you’ve […]

notte bianca

It’s finally here! The night we’ve waited for all month, and the event that pretty much sums up what Florence for Free is all about – Notte Bianca. Well ok, technically it’s not until Tuesday, but for the night Florence has in store for you, we have some preparing to do. Writing about the “white night” is […]