Tag Archives: Piazza Santissima Annunziata

upcoming events: july 2015

I have to admit, I was apprehensive about writing this column this month. July in Florence is hot and crowded, and there’s not really any excuse for people to host events for free. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a whole host of happenings that would make me gladly brave the high temperatures and throngs of […]

walking tour: san marco neighborhood

Meg had the worst day of her entire life in Piazza San Marco. A few summers back, the girl with the worst case of ornithophobia (irrational fear of birds) that I have ever seen, found herself face-against-wing with a neurotic pigeon. After three years of crippling flashbacks, and excessive face-scrubbing, Meg is still recovering. Not to stir-up the memories, Meg, […]

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 […]

how to be a hipster in florence

I am not a hipster. I’m a former sorority girl from the Midwest. That, however, doesn’t mean I don’t admire the hipster lifestyle. Small venue live music, quirky vintage clothing, witty sarcasm always on the tip of the tongue, the BEST Instagrams. What I wouldn’t give! So occasionally, when the mood strikes, I break out my faux […]

piazza santissima annunziata

When my mind wanders it always ends up in the same place – Florence. In fact, I might consider myself a master Florentine fantasizer. In some daydreams I’m flashing my black card all over Via Tornabuoni. Others involve a declaration of love on the Ponte Vecchio at sunset. Of course my favorite is Meg and […]

rainy day escapades

Rainy season is here. It’s a fact. Our knee-jerk reaction to such a dismal forecast is to surrender to the couch with a can of Paprika Pringles (seriously why haven’t those reached America yet?!) and let ourselves go brain-dead to endless hours of MTV Italia. While I’m not denying the occasional necessity of vegging out while in Italy […]

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 […]

festa della rificolona

Alright all you seasoned travelers and sophisticated students, we know that you came to Europe to find yourself, prove your independence, and indulge your mature tastes in art and culture (ehem, well sorta), but for this one, Meg and I need you to rewind and get back in touch with that inner kid … This […]