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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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10 Most Loved Places in Florence By the Readers of Visit Florence

November 3, 2016

What museums or monuments, large or small, do you love the best in Florence? In recent weeks, we asked this question to VisitFlorence readers on our Facebook fanpage and many have expressed their preferences, including iconic places and even some lesser known attractions. Thank you all for the great feedback! Among the many responses and…

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Ai Weiwei at Palazzo Strozzi

November 1, 2016

Ai Weiwei: Libero (Free) Palazzo Strozzi, September 23, 2016 – January 22, 2017 This is Italy’s first major retrospective exhibit dedicated to one of the world’s most celebrated and influential contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei. Showcasing both old and new works, the exhibit includes monumental installations (just head to the outside of Palazzo Strozzi to see…

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Remembering the Flood of 1966

October 27, 2016

The entire region of Tuscany is celebrating the 50th anniversary this year of the last terrible flood that hit Florence on the night between November 3 and 4, 1966 and devastated the city, from centuries-old homes and palazzi to masterpieces of artwork. Special exhibitions to commemorate the anniversary as well as conferences, processions, tours and…

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A burger for Amatrice… and a new Veggie Menu at the Hard Rock Cafe

October 24, 2016

While the Hard Rock Cafe is not your traditional trattoria or restaurant in Florence, we often end up recommending it to lots of travelers who are seeking a pace of change from pasta or pizza during their trips in Italy. While their specialties are American style dishes, and in particular, burgers, it is interesting to…

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Explore the Bargello and Medici Chapels

October 13, 2016

This October, you can continue to enjoy the special guided visits offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Bargello and Medici Chapels. The itineraries focus on unusual aspects or lesser-known works within the two museum’s collections. These visits are perfect not just for adults, but for families with kids as well.

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