Author: Lourdes Flores

I'm from California but have called Florence my home for over a decade. I love to explore Italy; it is a lot of fun to try to see everything like I'm seeing it for the first time, keeping you, our readers, always in mind. I enjoy sharing what I know and helping others as they make their travel plans for Tuscany through our Forum. If you have itinerary-related questions, please post them there and I'll answer!

Fireworks on every 24th waiting for the Festival of St. John

January 26, 2018

Villa Bardini announces fireworks on the 24th of every month until the San Giovanni festival January 24th launched a series of events and conferences at the Observatory of Traditions and Cultural Heritage of Florence, which will prepare Florentines for the arrival of the celebrations for the city’s patron saint, St. John the Baptist, on the…

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Duomo single ticket pass to increase by 3 euros

January 9, 2018

Starting this March, the single pass ticket that is needed to visit the monuments for the Duomo in Florence will increase by 3 euros, while the time of validity will increase from 48 to 72 hours. The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore just announced that starting March 1, 2018, the single entrance ticket needed…

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Best of 2017: Must reads if you’re coming to Florence!

December 30, 2017

Our best content in 2017: make sure to read these if you’re planning a trip to Florence! We have made it our job to write and share our knowledge and experience of living and loving Florence to help anyone planning to come to visit Florence, whether it is the first time or a return visit….

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New Year’s Eve Party in Florence at the Hard Rock Cafe

December 15, 2017

A ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE IN FLORENCE Are you looking for the perfect spot in Florence to spend your New Year’s Eve this year, rocking as you welcome 2018? Do you want to enjoy live music and a special, yummy menu? There are many restaurants and options out there for you to choose from, but…

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Death of tourist in Santa Croce leads to closure

October 23, 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of a 52-year-old tourist from Spain visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce this past Thursday. Italian wire service ANSA reports that Daniel Testor Schell, from Barcelona, was hit on the head by a piece of falling masonry that had supported a beam…

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May Comes to Florence

September 20, 2017

Last week, completely by surprise, the press office of Downing Street announced UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May will be in Florence on September 22 to deliver a key speech on the negotiations for Brexit. Why was Florence chosen? Officially, because Florence is the “heart of Europe” and the selection has left many scratching their heads….

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New Tickets and Pricing for the Uffizi Gallery Museums

September 15, 2017

Take note of new costs to visit the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace and Boboli starting March 1st, 2018 The Uffizi Gallery museums (which also includes the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens) are rolling out a new way to visit the museums by changing its admission tickets and adding annual passes to favor those who take…

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Villa Costanza, a new parking lot to visit Florence

August 16, 2017

Since mid-June, visitors to Florence have an extra option when arriving by car to NOT enter the city and park and ride the tramway into town. Just outside the town of Scandicci, a large parking lot was open with spots for cars and buses called Villa Costanza and is found off the A1 motorway. Anyone…

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A Ferragosto at the museums

August 11, 2017

If you’re in Florence for the long holiday weekend this mid-August, take advantage to immerse yourself with art at Florence’s top museums! In fact, the national holiday falls on Tuesday, making this the perfect opportunity for many to take a long weekend and for museums such as the Uffizi and Accademia to hold special openings…

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Mobike Bike Sharing in Florence

August 4, 2017

Bike sharing with “free flow” bikes has arrived thanks to Mobike: the first 500 bikes to be used with the use of App are on the streets (updated Sept. 20th with our review at the end) Both city residents and visitors alike now have an extra choice in how to move around the center from…

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