Evening at the Giardino dell'Orticultura by ulio César Mesa

I have to admit, I was apprehensive about writing this column this month. July in Florence is hot and crowded, and there’s not really any excuse for people to host events for free. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a whole host of happenings that would make me gladly brave the high temperatures and throngs of […]

The Baptism of Christ, Baptistery, by JoJo 77

St. John the Baptist is a big deal in Florence. If the fireworks and parades didn’t tip you off, he’s an even bigger deal this week. What’s all the hype about this hipster mountain man, on the ultimate paleo diet of bugs and bushes? For starters, St. John the Baptist had some pretty famous family (like Jesus). […]

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There are many, many things I miss about Florence. I could wallow in my separation-depression (can’t say I’m always above it), or I can seek out ways to add a little bit of Italian flair to life here in the States. Luckily, I didn’t have to look too far this past spring when the National […]

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Meg and I have laundry list of dreamy descriptors for our favorite city. Yet, as it’s summer, “oppressive heat” and “suffocating crowds” are the only adjectives currently coming to mind. Well, there’s nothing to be done about the sun, and I can’t blame people for wanting to visit Florence. So how do we handle the summers? In addition to […]

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When a month kicks off with a long weekend, you know it’s the start of something good. June begins with an extended “hello summer!” with Festa della Repubblica falling on a Tuesday, and continues on with free summer parties, cultural events and fireworks in the weeks ahead. Some are covered below, and even more will be […]

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Tomorrow, I am going to London with my parents. That means for the last month of my life I have been drowning in Shakespeare, Spice World, royal family trees, and One Direction albums (peace out, Zayn). It’s just a little thing I do before trips to absorb the shock from my unbridled excitement. As I’ve watched […]

Atrio della Palazzina Reale della Stazione di Santa Maria Novella by bluteo71

Ciao from Hannah & Meg! You may remember our pal, Emily, from her post on San Giovanni dell’Autostrada. As our resident expert on modern Florence, we’re bringing her back this week to highlight another modern marvel of Florence–La Palazzina Reale. To start your tour, head to the train station (don’t worry, we’re staying in Florence!).  Imagine […]

Dante and Santa Croce by Eric Huybrechts

Hannah and I are having trouble liking May, but not for the reasons you might think. The month is overflowing with free festivals, celebrations, tours, outings, and every other synonym in the thesaurus under “events.” Some are featured here, and even more are featured on our calendar. So mostly we dislike it because we’re sitting stateside while […]

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“Runner’s high” is a phenomenon that has been explained to me time and again. I have yet to experience it and remain dubious of its existence. However, if you want to talk walker’s high–Meg and I are there! If you’re new to Florence for Free, you should know that our very favorite way to explore […]

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Poor Badia Fiorentina. She sits smack dab in city center on a major tourist via with her doors open, yet we always pass right on by. She pokes her tower into every cityscape photo taken from Piazzale Michelangelo, yet we somehow see straight past her to Brunelleschi’s dome and Arnolfo’s tower. So, who is this Medieval masterpiece hiding in plain […]