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!

Leonardo’s “Adoration of the Magi” Returns to the Uffizi

March 22, 2017

After 6 years of restoration at the world-famous workshop Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi is making its return to the Uffizi Gallery next week! This is the perfect occasion to showcase the master’s work, the largest painting by Leonardo in existence, and the particulars that were discovered during restoration…

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Celebrating Women on March 8th

March 7, 2017

Many museums in Florence will be celebrating Women’s International Day on March 8th by giving all women free entry to visit their marvelous collections! This will include the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery, the Medici Chapels, the Bargello National Museum and Palazzo Davanzati as far as the state museums go, while all city museums will…

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Paying homage to the last Medici

February 16, 2017

This Saturday, February 18, the city of Florence celebrates the anniversary of the death of the last of the Medici, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the Electress Palatine. On her death, Anna Maria bequeathed all of the Medici family’s artworks, jewels and more to the city of Florence – with the condition that it all…

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Our Top Articles on Florence this 2016

December 28, 2016

We’re about to start 2017 so it comes naturally to look over the past year and see what has been done and accomplished as well as set new goals for the new year. So before moving forward, we look back at this past year happy and satisfied for all that we have accomplished (including the…

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Saving Italy’s Cultural Heritage

December 26, 2016

Celebrate the holidays and new year at the Uffizi with a visit to a unique exhibit in the brand new temporary exhibition spaces open just this last Monday. Have you ever considered how art has been used to celebrate power? Or as an object of conquest? From Napoleon to Hitler and right up to the…

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Florence

December 23, 2016

This is a short preview into the main concerts being hosted in the city of Florence this December 31st as the city awaits 2017. — main concert – (Italian pop star) – starting at 9.45pm (cover bands) Marco Mengoni @ Piazzale Michelangelo (after midnight) — classical concert – Symphonic Orchestra from Sichuan – starting at…

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Merry Christmas from the Duomo of Florence

December 20, 2016

Visit the monuments around the Duomo in Florence at reduced rates this whole Winter If you’re in Florence this winter, take advantage of this special deal: the Grande Museo del Duomo has launched for the first time ever a special deal for tickets purchased ONLINE for visits between December 21, 2016 and March 21, 2017…

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String City: 14 hours of music across Florence

December 1, 2016

On one day only, this Saturday, December 3rd, the city will become the setting for string musical concerts, the first edition of the String City festival. From the Niccolini theater to the Marino Marini museum to the ex-prison Le Murate, the 40 concerts will bring guests to many cultural locations generally off-the-beaten path, as well…

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Contemporary Art in Florence this December

If you’re looking for a bit of contemporary art in Florence during your visit this December, look no further than the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Novecento! The city of Florence is an open air museum and most of the art and masterpieces date back centuries. But in an attempt to ever be…

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McDonald’s Sues the city of Florence

November 9, 2016

So imagine this now: McDonald’s is suing Florence for €18 million after it was blocked from opening a restaurant on one of the Italian city’s most historic piazzas, Piazza del Duomo! The bid was stopped in June, then upheld by a technical panel in charge of preserving the city’s ancient character. The historical center of…

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