Summer in Florence : Estate a Firenze

Summer in Florence is full of things to do, and "Ferragosto" (the tradition of taking off the last two weeks of August and closing everything down*) is not as extreme as it can be (or used to be) in o...
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Summer in Florence : Estate a Firenze

In This Month in Florence:
boboli-gardens.JPG Summer in Florence is full of things to do, and "Ferragosto" (the tradition of taking off the last two weeks of August and closing everything down*) is not as extreme as it can be (or used to be) in other Italian cities, since so many tourist focused businesses stay open now to cater to the clientele that visits this time of year. Besides the obvious visiting of churches and museums, which usuall... read more.

I fochi di San Giovanni

In Events in Florence:
fochi-san-giovanni.jpg "I Fochi di San Giovanni" (The Fires of Saint John) is a traditional celebration held in Florence, Italy, in honor of the city's patron saint, Saint John the Baptist. This event takes place annually on the evening of June 24th and is one of Florence's most important and festive public holidays. Historical Background Saint John the Baptist: Saint John the Baptist is one of the patron saints of Fl... read more.

Mille Miglia

In Events in Florence:
mille-miglia-route-map-2024.jpg The Mille Miglia or the "thousand miles" has been called the "most beautiful race in the world". Initiated in 1927, the race was canceled for reasons of safety in 1957 and twenty years later was revived as a road rally. This year the race takes place from the 11th to 15th of June, featuring hundreds of the most important vintage racing cars (and some contemporary models) from around the world, pa... read more.

June in Florence : Giugno a Firenze

In This Month in Florence:
calcio-storico-piazza-santa-croce.JPG There is one historical event that overshadows all others in June in Florence - the "Calcio Storico" or "Calcio in Costume". This is a medieval tradition which has taken place in the city with only minor breaks for centuries. It is a semi-polarizing event for Florentines and not without recent controversy, including the suspension of the event for a season several years ago to excessive violence. ... read more.

Piazza Santa Croce

In Piazzas of Florence:
piazza-santa-croce-in-snow.jpeg Piazza Santa Croce in the snow during the German Christmas Market, December 2010 Piazza Santa Croce is one of the largest and most famous squares of central Florence. The Basilica of Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church in the world, overlooks the piazza. The basilica's most notable features are its sixteen chapels, many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils, and its tomb... read more.

Day trip to Milan

In Day Trips from Florence:
a1-to-milan.jpeg The A1 runs north from Florence and will take you to Milan by car You can reach many interesting cities, towns, and villages from Florence in a day - even outside Tuscany. A day trip to Milan is definitely in scope with the fast trains that only take about two hours to reach this important northern Italian city. Trains From Florence SMN To Milano Centrale Trenitalia Frecciarossa ITALO Around 5... read more.

Museum of the Medici Chapels

In Museums of Florence:
medici-chapel-dome.JPG The dome of the Medici Chapels, behind San Lorenzo. This shot gives an idea the scale of the chapels interior. The Medici Chapels form part of a monumental complex developed over almost two centuries to serve as a proper family mausoleum for the Medici family. Cappella dei Principi, or Chapel of the Princes Michelangelo began working on the structure around 1520, and until 1533 he worked on the... read more.

Michelangelo's Florence

In Florentine Art:
michelangelo-david.JPG Michelangelo's David (copy) outside the Palazzo Vecchio Florence is the birthplace of the legendary Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. While he spent much of his career in Rome working on commissions for the papacy, Florence remains home to some of his most iconic masterpieces that dazzle visitors from around the world. Michelangelo's Painting & Sculpture The Galleria dell'Accademi... read more.

May in Florence : Maggio a Firenze

In This Month in Florence:
duomo-after-a-rain-shower.jpeg Brunelleschi's dome of Santa Maria del Fiore glistens in the sunlight after a May shower Here at Florence-On-Line we are officially proclaiming May a transition month in the tourism calendar. It is a great time to visit Florence - the weather is warming up, outdoor vendors have returned to the piazzas, the flower gardens are in bloom, and the city is beginning to get ready for the major events of... read more.

Ponte Vecchio Will Undergo Renovations

In Allora (our blog):
ponte-vecchio-dusk.JPG The upcoming restoration of the Ponte Vecchio will be the first of it's kind for one of the world's most famous spans. This endeavor aims to return the bridge to its former glory by addressing typical weather-related wear and tear it has endured over the centuries. Although structurally sound, the bridge requires attention to combat issues like algae growth, atmospheric deposits, and erosion. The... read more.


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