February in Florence : Febbraio a Firenze

While it may be the "slowest" month for tourists, Florence presents a unique charm during the month of February, and if a little cold and rain don't put you off (and who knows - it could also be sunny... continue reading

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Currency Exchange

The best place to exchange - change money (cash) in Florence is with Carlo (or his son Marco) in their tiny shop (actually just a window you walk up to)...

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Florence ZTL Map

Inside the old city walls of Florence (well, what used to be the walls and is now the "viale" or large avenue circling the city), driving (and parking!) is...

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What's new in Florence:

EPOCA Vintage

In Shopping in Florence:
epoca-interior.JPG "Epoca" is a designer label vintage shop at Via dei Fossi 6r (near Piazza Goldoni). Epoca has all kinds of clothes, shoes, hats, bags, etc. from leading Italian designers like Pucci, Fendi, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and more - for both men and women. We first wrote about this store when it was new in 2009, and apparently it is still going strong. You can also shop on their website, and keep a l... read more.

February in Florence : Febbraio a Firenze

In This Month in Florence:
neptune-fountain-february.JPG While it may be the "slowest" month for tourists, Florence presents a unique charm during the month of February, and if a little cold and rain don't put you off (and who knows - it could also be sunny and warm!), it is a great time to visit. Outside of the hustle and bustle of peak tourist seasons, Florence in February offers a more intimate experience of its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking l... read more.

Enoteca Pinchiorri

In Food & Drink, In Santa Croce:
enoteca-pinchiorri-plating.jpg Enoteca Pinchiorri: A Culinary Jewel in the Heart of Florence Enoteca Pinchiorri, now in it's 50th year, stands as a testament to the confluence of exquisite gastronomy, unparalleled wine selection, and the art of Italian hospitality. This renowned establishment is not just a restaurant; it's an experience that encapsulates the essence of Italian culinary excellence. This recent video really capt... read more.

Yellow Bar

In Food & Drink, In Centro Storico:
yellow-bar.jpeg 2024 update: Yellow Bar is still in Florence! They have very little to no internet/social media presence, but can be found on Yelp!, TripAdvisor, etc. Yellow Bar is a typically Tuscan restaurant and pizzeria located in the center of Florence on Via del Proconsolo. The menu offers a wide selection of Tuscan specialties, such as fresh homemade pasta and pizzas made with organic stone-ground ancien... read more.

Florence Has Fallen: Cultural Heritage in the Age of Social Media

In Allora (our blog):
rental-bikes-florence.JPG In the heart of Italy, Florence stands as a testament to human artistic achievement. Yet, beneath its preserved beauty, there is a struggle, and a creeping, silent erosion of its cultural soul. Unlike Rome's ancient ruins, Florence's decay isn't visible in its art and architecture, but felt in the daily lives of its residents and the changing dynamics of its historic streets and alleys. The Bapti... read more.

Mostra Internazionale dell'artigianato di Firenze

In Events in Florence:
mida-logo.png The "Mostra Internazionale dell'Artigianato" or "International Handicrafts Market" welcomes artisans from all over the world as well as Italy. This is a unique fair, full of hand-made crafts from across the globe - clothing, furniture, carpets, jewelry, silverware, collectibles, gifts, wine, & food. It features traditional handmade products that are inspired by ethnic and classical history, and a ... read more.

La Perla

In Shopping in Florence:
la-perla-lingerie.jpg La Perla is one of Italy's most well known brands, with a reputation for fine lingerie and other apparel. The La Perla boutique was at 22 via degli Strozzi, near Palazzo Strozzi. Unfortunately it seems that this location is now permanently closed, and if you want to visit La Perla while in (or near) Florence you will have to go to the The Mall, Florence in Leccio. Quite a loss for the city center... read more.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi

In Palazzi of Florence:
palazzo-medici.jpg Located near the Basilica di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Medici Riccardi is one of the finest and most important palazzos of Florence. It was built in the fifteenth century on the commission of the Medici family by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo Michelozzi, a disciple of Ghiberti and collaborator of Donatello. The palazzo is a prototype of Renaissance civil architecture and effectively represents the powe... read more.

Trattoria Baldovino

In Food & Drink, In Santa Croce:
baldovino-interior.jpg This restaurant has been around for a very long time. The cuisine is traditional Tuscan, with some creative modern updates. In the rich menu the fresh fish specialties stand out, as does their pizzas that are cooked in a wood burning oven. Dishes are based on the search for genuine flavor and the quality of the ingredients that compose them. The wine list accompanies the meal perfectly. Among the... read more.

Il Francescano

In Food & Drink, In Santa Croce:
il-francescano-interior.jpg Apparently the website is under construction for trattoria Il Francescano (no idea for how long). This was always a popular dining spot and according to various websites it still is, but currently this is all we can find online about it: The web pages of Trattoria Il Francescano and the Bistrot are under construction. We will be online as soon as possible. The restaurants are open throughout the... read more.


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