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Food in Florence’s Historic Center Will Come With Guarantee
Published on Sunday, May 1, 2016 by A new law requires that all new restaurants and food shops in Florence’s history city center must guarantee within the next three years that at least 70 percent of their products are “made in Tuscany.” While existing restaurants would not be affected, even their owners are concerned about how this ruling will affect their lives and bottom lines. As one propri...
Florence’s Vasari Corridor May Open to Public
Published on Friday, March 18, 2016 by Florence’s famous Vasari Corridor, which connects the Palazzo Pitti to the Palazzo Vecchio, is currently only accessible through private tours. However, that may change, says the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt, who hopes to open the corridor to the public. “My aim is to eliminate privileges and offer the possibility, not the obligation, of passing through...
Five Fun Florence Facts and Win A Trip!
Published on Sunday, February 21, 2016 by Florence is one of those cities you must see at least once in your lifetime and then even once you have been there, you yearn to go back again and again. We love Florence so much that we are giving away a trip to the city of art in our Florence Facebook Sweepstakes. In the meantime, here are five, fun Florence facts that you might not know: 1. Be sure to stop by...
New Museum at Florence’s Misericordia
Published on Monday, February 15, 2016 by The museum at Florence’s Misericordia – which originally opened in 2005 – reopened after two years of renovation. The new museum chronicles nearly 800 years of the charitable institution’s history with 14 rooms of art, everyday items, furniture and manuscripts. Among prominent paintings on display are St. Jerome the Penitent by Pietro Annigoni, St. John the Ba...
Emancipated Verse in Florence
Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Around and about the city of Florence, worn-down walls are covered with text—but it’s not careless graffiti, it’s carefully written poetry, typed on sheets of white paper taped into small galleries. These instances of “poetry on the wall,” as they’re often called, are crafted and hung by the Movimento per l’Emancipazione della Poesia, or the Movement for...
Women Only Golden Week in Florence Italy
Published on Sunday, March 15, 2015 by Sorry gentlemen, but this one is for the ladies... (But here's a tip for you guys, send the woman in your life on this trip to Italy and she might just love you forever!) Golden Week in Florence with Susan Van Allen Don't Miss This Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip! October 25 to November 1, 2015 Join Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should...
5 Top Views in Italy
Published on Sunday, February 22, 2015 by Gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or admiring Leonardo’s The Last Supper are must-sees, but Italy also has plenty of other ways to engage your sense of sight. Don’t neglect outdoor vistas, especially the ones here: We know you probably have a few favorites, but if you haven’t seen all of the views on our list, you haven’t seen everything. 1. Villa...
New Train Service Links Rome Airport to Venice, Florence
Published on Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Landing in Rome and traveling directly to Florence and Venice, just got a whole lot easier with trains running a new route from Rome’s Fiumicino airport to Venice. Two trains a day – at 11:08 a.m. and 3:08 p.m. from Rome, and 5:40 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. from Venice – travel along the route, which ends in Venice and stops in Florence, Bologna, Padua and central Rome...
Beautiful Bookstores in Italy
Published on Saturday, November 15, 2014 by Excellent design features in every aspect of Italian life, from furniture to automobiles to eyeglass frames to grocery packaging. Of course bookstores in our favorite country are well designed—and often also extremely beautiful. This list is of the most visually arresting stores. They aren’t necessarily the ones in which you’ll find titles in English (but isn’...
Florence’s Flood Markers
Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by The small silver plaques posted on the sides of buildings in Florence are inconspicuous, but their significance isn’t lost on Florentines. These rectangular flood markers all around the city, dating from medieval times, have inscriptions with the date of each flood and a line indicating how high the water rose that year. Florence is prone to flooding due to t...