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!

Meet the Palatine Electress and Visit Civic Museums Free

February 15, 2019

Relive the historical character of Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici on Sunday February 17 at Palazzo Pitti and Monday February 18 in Palazzo Vecchio On the anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Luisa (1677-1743), the last of the Grand-Ducal branch of the Medici, the City of Florence in collaboration with the Associazione MUS.E and…

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Tram line T2 is OPEN!

February 11, 2019

Finally, the new tram line T2 opened today! For the official inauguration today, even the President of Italy Sergio Matarella made an appearance at the Peretola airport at 12pm. The first trains open to the public started at 2.30pm. The new tram line connects the train station of Santa Maria Novella, right in the heart…

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Exhibits at the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace in 2019

January 10, 2019

2019 is a special year for Florence and it’s events, since we will be celebrating the 500 years of the birth and death of two people that marked the city and history: the birth of Cosimo I and the death of Leonardo the Vinci, both in 1519. While we have started to collect details on…

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Our Top Articles for 2018

December 30, 2018

Can you believe how fast 2018 passed? As we reach the end, we enjoy looking back at the ending year and checking out which were the most popular articles/posts of the year, finding which ones were useful, got lots of comments but also checking out where we saw there were holes to fill in terms…

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Tapsy Tours for Families in Florence

October 30, 2018

Today, I spent a wonderful morning with my 6 year old trying out the Tapsy Tour dedicated to families with kids in the center of Florence. Tapsy has successful fun tours in Rome, London, Pompeii and others especially dedicated for families with kids and recently started their tours in Florence open to families. We were…

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This Halloween, Who you Gonna Call?

October 29, 2018

Ready for a fun and scary Halloween eve? Then how about going to a “Ghostbusters” party? That’s the theme for this year’s Hard Rock Cafe Halloween Party, guaranteed to be lots of fun! Starting at 7.30pm, you can step into a ghost-infested Cafe and become a GhostBuster, with Squadra 17, a local ghost-busting team with…

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Be Freddie for a Day this coming Sept 5

August 31, 2018

Celebrate Freddie Mercury, one of rock music’s myths and favorite for both young and old, by heading to the Hard Rock Cafe in Florence on his birthday, September 5th. Throughout the day, the Cafe will welcome guests, inviting you to dress up as Freddie, providing the legendary mustache to finish your look. A special surprise…

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Fun Family Events this September near Florence

August 28, 2018

Looking for something fun to do with the family this September? I’ve collected a list of 6 events to mark on your calendars to mix in to your visit to Florence to ensure you do something a bit different and fun than just visiting museums and other attractions. Listed in calendar order to make it…

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Netflix’s Six Underground is in Town

What you need to know about the major movie set in Florence Last week, we took our bikes to go out to dinner and luckily it was getting late in the evening, because a roadblock along the Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia was set up and cars were being turned away. On our bikes, we timidly…

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Special Openings and Exhibits to Enjoy this August

August 7, 2018

In town this August and looking at what is going on with special summer events or longer/special opening hours at museums and whatnot? Here is a quick a collection of what to take advantage this August (and September) that is not generally offered the rest of the year: Visit Michelangelo’s David at Accademia Gallery in…

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