Tag Archives: tourism

florence for starters

As we’re still in back-to-school mode, we can’t help but think of all the Florence newbies that are trying to get a handle on the city. Of course, it’s not just students who have this problem; all travelers at any time of year experience a disorienting feeling once plopped down in a new place. So, consider […]

Thank you!

thank you & welcome!

For us, Valentine’s Day came a few days early this year.  Our awesome readers’ outpouring of love helped FFF win Best Italy Travel Blog from Italy Magazine! The announcement was made yesterday, and it took us a full day to get over our shock. While few things make us speechless (have you seen the length of […]

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 […]

castagno-apollonia

cenacolo crawl: florence’s last supper scenes

Thanksgiving! A heartwarming day when a beautiful feast is enjoyed and celebrated with family and friends. The holiday is distinctly American, but the tradition of gathering to share an important meal long outlives our young country. In the Christian tradition, Jesus shared a Passover meal with friends where he gave thanks; unfortunately, it took a […]

Valdarno countryside

wwoofing in tuscany

We’ve been covering our favorite free things to do in Florence proper, but city center only offers a thin slice of the adventures to be had. Sometimes it’s best to escape the stone walls, venture into the hills, and experience a very different, still very authentic, Italian way of life. Topics in the queue for […]

walking tour: scavenger hunt

Exactly one year ago today, our friend Hannah had a stroke of pure genius. As a special gift to me, she conjured up the most incredible challenge a budget adventurer like myself could ask for. The rules were simple: cross off as many items as possible to rack up as many points as possible. Pick […]

Vara pumps via Borough Vintage

walking tour: fashion as art on display

As we said before, we’re all about spreading the Team Florens love. Promoting and investing in culture to sustain the city’s economy? Yes, please. With this noble goal in mind, I’m going to tackle a topic that might at first seem at odds with our budget-friendly, for-free blog: high-end fashion. We’re talking Gucci, Ferragamo, Prada […]

introducing: team florens

We’re mixing things up here at Florence for Free this week. We’re excited that Fondazione Florens is pulling together an elite team of social media mavens to cover the Florens 2012 Cultural and Environmental Heritage Week. The conference will feature a brain trust of smarts working together to encourage investment in Florence’s natural and historical […]