Tag Archives: Piazza della Signoria

8 tips for maximizing your time in florence

Trying to budget time when planning your vacation to Florence is stressful. It’s so stressful. You drained your savings account and kissed your entire stash of PTO goodbye. You better take full advantage of every single second–and you try to. But as you stand in front of David, staring into his eyes, you might feel yours beginning to […]

faking it: 10 tips to acting like a local in florence

Longer days and budding flowers should be welcome signs of spring. For many Florentines, however, they are warning sirens – the tourists are coming. Admittedly, the awkward love/hate (mostly hate) relationship Florentines have with tourists often leaves me less than eager to fly my American flag while abroad. So what do I do? I fake it. Faking it is […]

torre di arnolfo: the tower of palazzo vecchio

This weekend is a spring shower of free-ness. Saturday, March 8, is the Festa della Donna (aka terrific lady day) in which you get free things just for being a girl (nothing new there, am I right ladies?!). For all you jealous fellas, Sunday is a Domenica del Fiorentino, meaning civic museums will not be […]

florence for kids

When I was little, I would lie awake at night concocting dream vacations (clearly nothing has changed). Though twenty years ago, those dreams were much simpler. Quality car snacks, a hotel pool, and a bedtime-free week was my idea of the perfect vacay. I can definitively say these childhood fantasies never involved losing track of time at the […]

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 […]

Friends along the Arno by Matt Freire on Flickr

five free favorites: florence

As promised last week in our Rome edition, here are five of our favorite things to do when in Florence. If you’re still looking for other free things to after reading the list, might we recommend this blog? 1. The Ponte Vecchio at sunrise See those two tiny people in the top picture? That’s us, practically […]

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 […]

david on the duomo florence italy

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 […]

free valentine’s day adventures

L’amore! It’s no secret that Italy oozes all things love – it’s the home of the romance languages, and San Valentino was a Roman martyr. Clear from the amount of people who chose to honeymoon here each year, Italians don’t reserve their displays of affection for one day in February. So how to celebrate our […]