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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 […]

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While birds, blue skies and longer days are the typical indications of spring, Meg and I find the first signs of the season in our inboxes. Friends, family, distance acquaintances and even some of you come to us for tips as they plan their summer trips to Italy. One of the most common questions that we receive […]

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I always cringe a bit when April 1st comes around, because I’m not big on April Fools’ Day. That’s bad for people looking for cohorts to plan pranks, but good for readers of this column, as I can solemnly swear that the following free things to do in Florence this month are–to the best of my knowledge–all […]

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 […]

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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 […]