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Feast Day of San Giovanni

Feast Day of San Giovanni June 24th marks the day of the annual celebration of Florence’s Patron, San Giovanni.   This public holiday in Florence is filled with a series of spectacular events throughout the day to honor the city’s heavenly protector.  St. John the Baptist, to whom Florence’s baptistry is dedicated, is also the […]

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Bike Sharing in Florence

Bike Sharing in Florence Thinking of renting a bike in Florence? Florence has 2 bike sharing programs which are Mobike and Gobee. All you need to do is download one of the apps on your phone and add some money to your account. The bikes are located all over the streets of Florence so it […]

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Romance in Florence

Romance in Florence Florence has a history of romance throughout the ages and is referred to as one of the most romantic cities in the world. From scandalous to beautiful love, here are a few stories of love and relationships which have taken place in Florence. Video from LDM News   Italy is a dream […]

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Dalai Lama visits Florence for Festival delle Religioni

Dalai Lama visits Florence for Festival delle Religioni Dalai Lama was presented with the seal of piece during his recent visit for Festival delle Religioni.  The last time the Dalia Lama visited Florence was 18 years ago. Here is a video from his visit. Video from youtube   

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The Best Time To Visit Florence

THE BEST TIME TO COME TO FLORENCE When is the best time to come to Florence is a question I am often asked.  I’ve lived in Florence for almost 2 years now and had often visited here during different months for 8 years prior to my move. I’ll explain some pros and cons during all […]

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Dreaming of moving to Italy?

Are you dreaming of moving to Italy? Then, do it! Here’s another perspective to consider…..   I have read countless numbers of blogs written by expats advising others NOT to move to Italy. If I had taken their advice before I moved here, I wouldn’t have been living a dream for the last 2 years. […]

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Artisan Chocolate Fair

Artisan Chocolate Fair The Artisan Chocolate Fair is an annual event which takes place in February in Florence. This year, the event takes place in Piazza SS. Annunziata from February 10th- February 19th and it is open from 10 AM to 10 PM. This 10 day event is filled with vendors selling hot chocolate, truffles, […]

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The Cavalcade of the Magi

The Cavalcade of the Magi The Cavalcade of the Magi is an annual parade held on Epiphany in Florence.  This grand parade has hundreds of participants dressed in costumes, flag throwers, animals and much more.  The procession starts at Pitti Palace and ends at the Duomo where the 3 wise men present their gifts to […]

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Top Day Trips From Florence Without A Car

Top Day Trips From Florence Without A Car Since moving to Florence, I have received a lot of emails asking for suggestions for day trips from those travelling without a car. I always advise using Florence as a base because the trains and buses make it very easy to visit other cities. Florence is also […]

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Ashley Olsen Murder: Defendant found guilty and sentenced

Ashley Olsen Murder: Defendant found guilty and sentenced  Ashley Olsen was an American found dead in her apartment on January 9, 2016 in the San Frediano area of Florence.  She had sustained skull fractures and had been strangled. The defendant Cheik Diaw, was found guilty today and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment and ordered to […]

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