Tag Archives: Florence

Christmas time in Florence

Christmas time in Florence is always a magical time of year.  By mid-November, stunning Christmas lights are up throughout the city and trees are put up in the major piazzas. Christmas markets are held throughout Italy with lots of mulled wine and sweet treats to enjoy. The famous German market in Piazza Santa Croce is a […]

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Lockdown Round 2 Tuscany

Tuscany Lockdown Round 2 Tuscany, including Florence, where I’ve lived for the past 5 years, is about to start a second lockdown.  The world watched as we first endured a prior lockdown in March knowing it was coming their way with increasing infections of Covid-19 spreading throughout our world. In Italy, we had a very strict […]

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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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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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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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Aperitivo in Florence

Aperitivo in Florence Aperitivo is a nightly ritual which usually takes place between 7 pm and 9pm.  It is also referred to as Apericena because it is a before dinner drink combined with food.  Some restaurants offer a light snack with an aperitivo while others put out a spread of food fit for a king. […]

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