Tag Archives: ponte alle grazie

city search: the man, the myth, the baptist.

St. John the Baptist is a big deal in Florence. If the fireworks and parades didn’t tip you off, he’s an even bigger deal this week. What’s all the hype about this hipster mountain man, on the ultimate paleo diet of bugs and bushes? For starters, St. John the Baptist had some pretty famous family (like Jesus). […]

modern florence: san giovanni dell’autostrada

Ciao from Hannah & Meg! This week, we’re extending a very warm welcome to our buddy and fellow Syracuse MA grad, Emily. We thought to ourselves, “Is our blog starting to look more Renaissance Fair than city explorer?” So Emily swooped in to save the day and offer some insights on one of Florence’s more […]

kimye’s wedding: finding history and culture in the hot mess

“Kim is even more beautiful than I am talented,” gushed the always humble Kanye West in one of his three, 20-minute speeches throughout the course of the Kimye wedding weekend. With five first dances, a massive gold box housing the bathrooms, one Jayden Smith running around in a white batman costume, and Kanye’s wedding present to […]

final ascent to san miniato by flickr user laura padgett

walking tour: san miniato al monte

Arguably the most famous “hike” when exploring Florence is the climb to Piazzale Michelangelo. But the truly adventurous head up the extra set of steps to San Miniato al Monte and reap all the rewards. Distance: 2.5 km from city center (about 1.6 miles) Time: 30 minutes (plus time to explore at the top) Cost: […]