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!

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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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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