Facade of Santa Maria Novella via Wikipedia

Tomorrow, those with an interest in history or astrology can print this coupon to visit Santa Maria Novella and observe the spring eclipse and equinox. There will be free lectures (in Italian) that explain the 16th-century astrological tools, both on the church’s facade and inside the basilica, that track the time of year by the placement […]

Piazza d'Azeglio by Roberto  Tomei

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 […]

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This Sunday is International Women’s Day. Florence will be treating the ladies with yellow flowers (mimosas) and free access to all civic museums. Meg and I, at Florence for Free, will be celebrating by admiring the short, yet legendary life, of a favorite Florentine girl crush. Artists called her their muse, noblemen jousted for her affections, poets likened her […]

Detail of Madonna di casa Pazzi by Andrea del Castagno, 1443

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, so the old saying goes (very old, apparently–The Guardian says it dates back to the 17th century!). Luckily for us, this month never lets up on free activities to welcome the start of spring. I don’t know about you, but after this winter I’ll […]

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Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici is our girl. If she were alive today, we would make this FFF duo a trio. She loves art, she loves Florence and, each February 18th, she makes it all free. As the last member of the Medici family, Anna Maria ensured before her death that the art collected, commissioned and inspired by her […]

A little link love to celebrate the holiday. Photo by Roberto.

Hello, friends! February has been kind to us so far, as we recently found out that we’ve been nominated in Italy Magazine’s Blog Awards again this year! Our post, 8 Tips for Maximizing Your Time in Florence, has been selected as a contender for Best Single Travel Post. We couldn’t be happier to be listed among some […]

Arno River in Florence

If you know just one bridge in Florence, know the Ponte Vecchio. If you know two bridges in Florence, make the second the Ponte Santa Trinita. The bridge of Santa Trinita lies in the shadow of the iconic Ponte Vecchio, just one bridge to its west, and is most often utilized as the perfect post-up for a view […]

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February: It’s so much more than Valentine’s Day. Especially in Florence. When you kindle romance 365 days a year like Italians do, a single giorno for showing affection feels a bit underwhelming. So this month, our events are focused on other things to celebrate, including free museums, Carnevale viaggi and a chocolate festival that doesn’t care if you’re single or […]

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When planning our trip to Italy back in 2013, we found ourselves in the midst of a booking snafu that was potentially very expensive and a bit embarrassing for the likes of two ladies who fancy themselves seasoned travel vets. In the end, we learned some great information we could share with you all, so we consider […]

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This week, the city of Florence was invaded. Invaded by an army of good-looking, impeccably dressed, fashion-savvy men. As one may imagine, the city did not put up much resistance. In fact, women reportedly flocked to the streets, nonchalantly “hanging out in caffè” and “reading in piazze.” For those of us who were not in Florence, we followed […]