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!

Easter Brunch for the Family at the Hard Rock Cafe

March 6, 2018

A delicious brunch along with an egg hunt, fun for the entire family! Are you in Florence earlier than Easter this year but still would like for your kids to enjoy part of the egg hunt fun in Italy? How about having a delicious brunch on the weekend that includes entertainment while you eat? Then…

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The Plans for Piazza dei Ciompi

March 2, 2018

The small but important Piazza dei Ciompi in the Santa Croce area had hosted one of the oldest flea markets and antique shops in Florence for decades. Place of honor has always been the Loggia del Pesce which was reassembled here after being taken down from Piazza della Repubblica in the 1860s. It was just…

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A free classical music concert on Feburary 15 by USA band

February 9, 2018

Do you love classical music and free concerts? Then next week we suggest you head over near Ponte Vecchio, to Santo Stefano al Ponte, for an hour of musical enjoyment performed by an 88 member band from the USA! The Langley High School Band from McLean, Virginia is touring Italy next week and will offering…

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Florence Honors Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici

February 4, 2018

February 18 celebrates the greatest patroness of the arts in Florence’s history: Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici. As the last of the ruling Medici family, Anna Maria Luisa wrote out the “Family Pact” which left its citizens and all who visit Florence the extraordinary legacy of art the family had accrued over three centuries. Her…

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Big Game 2018: Don’t miss the NFL Final at Hard Rock Cafe!

January 27, 2018

The Big Game is coming on Sunday, February 4! Do you know where you’re watching it? Whether you’re on vacation or are local resident, if you don’t want to miss the biggest annual event of American football on a maxi-screen, then head over to the Hard Rock Cafe just off Piazza della Repubblica to see…

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Fireworks on every 24th waiting for the Festival of St. John

January 26, 2018

Villa Bardini announces fireworks on the 24th of every month until the San Giovanni festival January 24th launched a series of events and conferences at the Observatory of Traditions and Cultural Heritage of Florence, which will prepare Florentines for the arrival of the celebrations for the city’s patron saint, St. John the Baptist, on the…

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Duomo single ticket pass to increase by 3 euros

January 9, 2018

Starting this March, the single pass ticket that is needed to visit the monuments for the Duomo in Florence will increase by 3 euros, while the time of validity will increase from 48 to 72 hours. The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore just announced that starting March 1, 2018, the single entrance ticket needed…

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Best of 2017: Must reads if you’re coming to Florence!

December 30, 2017

Our best content in 2017: make sure to read these if you’re planning a trip to Florence! We have made it our job to write and share our knowledge and experience of living and loving Florence to help anyone planning to come to visit Florence, whether it is the first time or a return visit….

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New Year’s Eve Party in Florence at the Hard Rock Cafe

December 15, 2017

A ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE IN FLORENCE Are you looking for the perfect spot in Florence to spend your New Year’s Eve this year, rocking as you welcome 2018? Do you want to enjoy live music and a special, yummy menu? There are many restaurants and options out there for you to choose from, but…

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Death of tourist in Santa Croce leads to closure

October 23, 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of a 52-year-old tourist from Spain visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce this past Thursday. Italian wire service ANSA reports that Daniel Testor Schell, from Barcelona, was hit on the head by a piece of falling masonry that had supported a beam…

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