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underrated piazzas in florence

I am having some serious bouts of cabin fever. With spring on the way, I’m day-dreaming about long walks through Florence. Now, I know this is hard to believe, but there will be some nay-sayers out there who think they’ve already seen it all and aren’t particularly jazzed to stroll through Piazza della Signoria again (don’t ask who […]

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 […]

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 […]

free museums for residents in 2014

Domenica del Fiorentino is back for 2014! As we reported last year, there’s one Sunday almost every month when Florence’s civic museums encourage residents to see what’s in their own backyard.  It starts this Sunday, January 12, when you can gain free entry to the Palazzo Vecchio (including the Torre di Arnolfo), the Stefano Bardini Museum, the Fondazione Salvatore Romano Museum, the Santa […]

five free favorites: rome

I cringe just typing that title, as this post is by no means a definitive list of our top things to do in Rome. In fact, I’m not sure we could ever whittle all that Rome is down to a list that short. For example, no trip to Rome is complete for me without a […]

a reflection upon return

While we wish this was a post saying we dropped everything, realized our folly on the plane ride back, and are en route to our adopted homeland permanently… There’s no international mystery here. We’re firmly rooted in reality this week. We’re catching up on missed work and dealing with day-to-day drudgery. While it would be […]

upcoming events: our italian bucket list

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you a break-through in upcoming events. If you follow us regularly, you know this post usually features a synopsis of all the fun, free, Florence things to do in the month ahead. If you’d still like your regular dose of awesome, never fear – our calendar is […]

cheers to one year & a big announcement

Florence for Free had been a beautiful, fanciful fantasy for more than a few years before the first post hit the web. We’d kicked it around on our nightly walks, on long train rides, and over entire pizzas. But taking the leap to press “publish” was another matter entirely: would there be anyone out there […]

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 […]

Lovers, carousel at night, Florence, Italy by Robert Crum

upcoming events: february 2013

February: it’s so much more than Valentine’s Day. While Florence is a romantic place to spend a lovers’ holiday, we’ve got a whole month of free events and tours to get to. Tell your sweetheart (if you’ve got one) that you’re on a mission for more museums this month. If you’re single – we’ve got […]