Tag Archives: piazza del duomo

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 […]

upcoming events: january 2014

Phew, we made it! We’ve overcome our panforte fatigue and survived our family feste for another holiday season. But the seasonal parades are far from over. Prepare yourself for another month (to be followed by another year!) of free events, activities and fun. I mean, there are worse New Year’s resolutions than to enjoy just […]

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 […]

mercato centrale

Florence is a feast for the eyes, and Meg and I devote the majority of our posts to treating you to the city’s most exquisite visual piatti. “I guess that’s a nice metaphor,” you’re thinking, “but when do we get actual food?” Well your bellies growled and this week we’re responding with a trip to […]

Botticelli, Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius, c. 1500

celebration of the miracle of san zanobi

Here’s a story that’s now included in our little-known facts about Piazza del Duomo: it’s the site of a miracle celebrated by Florentines each January 26th. If you’re interested in seeing men in colorful tights this weekend, you’re in luck – just head to city center at 9 a.m. this Saturday for one of Florence’s […]

walking tour: christmas in florence

When I was four I saw Miracle on 34th Street for the first time. I decided then and there that surely nothing could be more magical than New York City at Christmastime. Over the next twenty years of watching holiday romantic comedies I wove an elaborate NYC holiday fantasy that involved ice-skating at Rockefeller Center, Christmas shopping […]

florence-duomo-olive-grove

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 […]

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 […]

every road leads to rome: an ancient roman walk through florence

Veni, Vidi, Vici Firenze! Although Meg and my hearts beat for the Renaissance, they race for those Romans! I mean what’s not to love about gladiator fights, vomitoriums, and togas? Although today tourists flock to Florence to see where the Renaissance kicked off, the true foundation of the city is entirely Roman. Unlike Rome’s majestic […]

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 […]