Tag Archives: Sandro Botticelli

simonetta vespucci: renaissance it girl

This Sunday is International Women’s Day. Florence will be treating the ladies with yellow flowers (mimosas) and free access to all civic museums. Meg and I, at Florence for Free, will be celebrating by admiring the short, yet legendary life, of a favorite Florentine girl crush. Artists called her their muse, noblemen jousted for her affections, poets likened her […]

the basilica of santo spirito

I go to Santo Spirito in search of trinkets at artisan markets. I go to Santo Spirito on Sunday afternoons to bask on the sunny steps of the church, with a few good friends and a Gusta Panino. I go when I find myself in an outfit that I am proud to say pushes my […]

ognissanti

You’re nostalgically strolling down Via Calzaiuoli on your last night in Florence. The street glistens with sparkly hats stacked atop the heads of salesmen. Light-up toy helicopters swirl to remarkable heights into the night sky above you. A tiny Mini Mouse cutout dances to LMFAO on the street corner (seriously how does that work?!). You’ve […]

neighborhood crawl: sant’ ambrogio

Although we don’t like to admit it, there are moments in Italy when we question the authenticity of the scene around us. In cities where tourism is so tightly intertwined with everyday life, it can often be difficult to separate the sincere from the staged. Now don’t get me wrong, I am the first to […]