Tag Archives: Piazza della Signoria

florence for free 2012 year in review

In case you haven’t been following  florence for free since day one (aka everyone other than our parents) then we would like to provide you with a recap of the exciting free adventures that we have taken you on over the past six months of blogging and give you a sneak peek of where we’re […]

traces of florence

From an ancient Roman development to one of Fodor’s top European destinations, the city of Florence has donned many hats throughout the centuries. In a city teeming with so many titles how can you possibly keep it all straight? Lucky for you the Palazzo Vecchio’s temporary exhibition, Traces of Florence, is here to help you […]

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 […]

walking tour: frightening florence

Do you ever wonder what happens when Florence sleeps? After the tourists retire to their hotels, museums lock their doors and the street vendors roll up their carts? What lurks in the abandoned alleys and behind the bolted doors of the palazzi? Ok, ok, clearly I’m getting into the Halloween spirit. But with a TV […]

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 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 […]

photo by Hannah

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 […]

feast day of san giovanni

After being an ex-pat for the past year and a half, I felt that I had some making up to do to my country when the 4th of July showed up yesterday. So, like a true patriot, I suited up in my American flag bikini, found my best pair of cut off jean shorts, and slipped […]