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!

The Prince’s Passage Opens to the Public

July 21, 2017

Be a Prince (or Princess) in Florence for a day The famous “Path of the Princes,” part of Florence’s most exclusive passage, the Vasari Corridor, has finally opened to the public this week. Thanks to the diligent efforts of Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and Eike Schmidt, director…

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Semifinal Calcio game between Azzurri and Bianchi suspended

June 12, 2017

Yesterday was not the best day for Calcio Storico Fiorentino. The second semifinal match between the Azzurri (Blues) of Santa Croce and Bianchi (Whites) of Santo Spirito stopped after only 20 minutes of play. The game was interrupted by the judges for some fouls and after this things continued to go downhill. Three players from…

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Do not picnic on Florence’s church steps – or get wet

June 2, 2017

Sit down and get wet! The mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, has set out to discourage tourists from sitting and picnicking on church steps by hosing down said steps at lunchtime. If they are wet, the idea goes, people will not sit down. This is the solution adopted to restore “decorum” to the main piazzas…

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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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