Tag Archives: santa maria del fiore

Scoppio del Carro by Maurizio

upcoming events: april 2015

I always cringe a bit when April 1st comes around, because I’m not big on April Fools’ Day. That’s bad for people looking for cohorts to plan pranks, but good for readers of this column, as I can solemnly swear that the following free things to do in Florence this month are–to the best of my knowledge–all […]

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 […]

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 […]

Estate Fiorentina

upcoming events: july 2013

Whoa! Three posts in under a week? We hope we’re not coming on too strong, but there is a lot to celebrate these days. We kicked off summer with our signature villa crawl and announced our return trip to Florence; now, we’re getting ready to bust out our red, white and blue for 4th of […]

david on the duomo florence italy

walking tour: michelangelo’s david on display

Guys, I have a confession to make. I used to live in the San Marco neighborhood, and anytime I needed to head into city center I’d practically skip down the cobblestones of Via Ricasoli towards the Duomo. But my gait would slow when I’d pass the long line of people snaking around the block. Tourists […]

Deposition, by Andrea del Castagno, 1443-1445, by Ben Rimmer via Flickr

inside santa maria del fiore

As promised, this week we’re bringing you inside the only structure in Piazza del Duomo that doesn’t charge – the cathedral itself. Don’t be deterred by a long list of fees for supplemental Duomo fun. Yes, you have to pay to climb the inside of the dome (still awesome) or delve deeper into the ancient […]

piazza del duomo

Talk about the elephant in the room! For each of our excursions, we’ve told you that when all else fails, head to the Duomo to start your adventure. What we’ve neglected to mention is that the Piazza del Duomo itself is one of Florence’s top free outings. Maybe we’ve avoided it for so long because […]