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From bar to the beach at Easy Living

florence events: august 2015

We know this summer has seemed hotter than ever, so we don’t blame anyone for escaping to the seaside for ferie. But for those of you that will be in town, we’ve gathered a list of happenings that will help you stay cool and explore the (somewhat) deserted city streets over the next few weeks. And if […]

the medici chapel, for free!

Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici is our girl. If she were alive today, we would make this FFF duo a trio. She loves art, she loves Florence and, each February 18th, she makes it all free. As the last member of the Medici family, Anna Maria ensured before her death that the art collected, commissioned and inspired by her […]

faking it: know your florence skyline

Don’t know much about Florence? Studying the skyline is a perfect place to start and just the way to fake it. Whether you just embarked on your semester abroad, are a few years settled into your Italian expat life, or are passing through with friends, it’s always fun to dote on your favorite destination and impress your friends and […]

Forte Belvedere by Fabrizio Gemmi

upcoming events: august 2014

Ah August, the month of ferie. During which, just about anyone with a business, a family or a pulse hightails it for the sea and says Ciao, ciao! to city life.  Even if you feel slighted that you don’t have the funds for a vacation spot in the country or at the beach, Florence, while noticeably deserted, […]

upcoming events: january 2014

Phew, we made it! We’ve overcome our panforte fatigue and survived our family feste for another holiday season. But the seasonal parades are far from over. Prepare yourself for another month (to be followed by another year!) of free events, activities and fun. I mean, there are worse New Year’s resolutions than to enjoy just […]

medici family crest by context travel on flickr

the medici walk: part 1

This walk was originally featured on Tuscany Arts! Meet the Medici: imprisonments, affairs, mysterious murders, and money. A pet giraffe, a dwarf muse, and the world’s first water park. Just when you thought your family was weird, the Medici swoop in with more drama than the Sopranos and more crazy than the Kardashians. Far more […]

Market by rainy city on Flickr

florence’s best markets by neighborhood

We understand that shopping fundamentally flies in the face of our Florence for Free mantra, but you’d miss a major part of Italian culture if you didn’t explore the country’s many open-air markets! Brimming with charming antiques, fresh fruits, and homemade soaps, each bazaar is a feast for the senses. Of course, buying something is […]

mercato centrale

Florence is a feast for the eyes, and Meg and I devote the majority of our posts to treating you to the city’s most exquisite visual piatti. “I guess that’s a nice metaphor,” you’re thinking, “but when do we get actual food?” Well your bellies growled and this week we’re responding with a trip to […]

Botticelli, Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius, c. 1500

celebration of the miracle of san zanobi

Here’s a story that’s now included in our little-known facts about Piazza del Duomo: it’s the site of a miracle celebrated by Florentines each January 26th. If you’re interested in seeing men in colorful tights this weekend, you’re in luck – just head to city center at 9 a.m. this Saturday for one of Florence’s […]

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 […]