Tag Archives: san miniato al monte

the anniversary edition: meg & hannah’s favorite underrated posts

Tanti Auguri to us! This July, Meg and I are celebrating three years of spilling the secrets of saving money in Florence. Inexperienced with anniversaries, I had to consult Hallmark on what a traditional third anniversary gift is. In an apropos twist of fate, it just so happens to be leather! We’ll take that as […]

walking tour: via di san leonardo

“Runner’s high” is a phenomenon that has been explained to me time and again. I have yet to experience it and remain dubious of its existence. However, if you want to talk walker’s high–Meg and I are there! If you’re new to Florence for Free, you should know that our very favorite way to explore […]

summer in florence: but really, where is the air conditioning?

Florence in the summer is hot. It’s really hot. One Florentine, Dante Alighieri, might even go so far as to call it an Inferno. But wait, isn’t Dante’s deepest circle of hell frozen over!? Before you start betraying, money lending, or whatever sins it takes to reserve a place in that icy circle, let’s try to find some less […]

Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo by VT_Professor

walking tour: florence in a day

Hi, we’re Hannah and Meg, and we’re obsessed with Florence.  Recently, we took a step back and wondered, “Hey H&M, do you really think everyone wants to pack up their lives and move to Florence?” While we’re shocked the answer isn’t a unanimous YES!, we’re coming to terms with a new reality. Say you’d rather […]

florence for free 2013 year in review

As we come to the end of 2013, we do so with an emphatic exhale. We have to admit, the year started off a bit rocky for all of us. Hostess had stopped packaging their pastries, whispers of a looming bacon shortage shook us to the core, Sharknado was released, and then the Pope went […]

Friends along the Arno by Matt Freire on Flickr

five free favorites: florence

As promised last week in our Rome edition, here are five of our favorite things to do when in Florence. If you’re still looking for other free things to after reading the list, might we recommend this blog? 1. The Ponte Vecchio at sunrise See those two tiny people in the top picture? That’s us, practically […]

free valentine’s day adventures

L’amore! It’s no secret that Italy oozes all things love – it’s the home of the romance languages, and San Valentino was a Roman martyr. Clear from the amount of people who chose to honeymoon here each year, Italians don’t reserve their displays of affection for one day in February. So how to celebrate our […]

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 […]

the english cemetery

If you have learned anything about Meg and I, other than the fact that we are serious tightwads, it’s probably that we like weird, creepy stuff (in fact, if you’re ever at a party and overhear someone suggesting scary story time – that’s me). Even though Meg and I love the feeling of a good chill […]

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: […]