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10 ways san niccolò will steal your heart

The first time I found myself in San Niccolò, I was 19 years old, had my iPod stuffed in my ears, and was letting my mind get lost in the windows of the antique shops of the Oltrarno. As I headed east, I let workshops with their doors ajar, begging for stolen glances, and windows sparkling with […]

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 […]


upcoming events: may 2013

We’re back, as promised, and hoping that everyone made a full recovery from the mid-week festivities. Because there’s so much more to see and do this month! The first few weeks of May are arguably when Florence is at its finest: vibrant wisteria is casually draped all over the city, all other flowers are bursting […]

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: […]