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Visiting Florence’s Contemporary Art Scene for Free

Visiting Florence’s Contemporary Art Scene for Free

There are a couple of well-kept secrets about Florence’s contemporary art scene: 1) It exists, and 2) a lot of it is free. You may now fold up your wallet, unzip your artistic inhibitions and check out these suggestions for partaking in the Florence art scene of today: 1. Le Murate Piazza Madonna della Neve » Read more

Florence: 2 Fabulous Florentine Fashion Museums

Florence: 2 Fabulous Florentine Fashion Museums

Laura Mongillo in Florence— When people think of Italian fashion their mind usually goes straight to Milan and Rome. But it’s actually Florence that is the birthplace of many of Italy’s most famous designers and fashion houses such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and the up and coming Patrizia Pepe. With all » Read more

Florence: 2 Hidden Bakeries for Late-Night Treats

Florence: 2 Hidden Bakeries for Late-Night Treats

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— Typically an Italian breakfast consists of fruit juice, espresso or a cappuccino and a delicious flaky soft pastry filled with rich cream, flavorful jam or sinful chocolate. But have you ever wondered how those delectable treats could possibly be ready for the earliest of risers without being stale leftovers from » Read more

Forza Fiorentina! Getting tickets to a soccer game in Florence

Forza Fiorentina! Getting tickets to a soccer game in Florence

By Laura Mongillo— What’s the best way to rub shoulders with Florentines, far from the museums and tourist traps of central Florence? Head out to the stadium and watch the city’s soccer team Fiorentina play against some of the best teams in the world! Fiorentina’s fan base is still very proudly Florentine and is a » Read more

Florence: Vegetarian, vegan and kosher restaurants

Florence: Vegetarian, vegan and kosher restaurants

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— Even though Florence is the home of the “bistecca fiorentina,” a steak that is sold by the kilo and never to just one person, the city is quite welcoming to vegetarians, vegans, people who eat kosher and various other diets. Oddly enough, almost all of the vegetarian and vegan fare that Florence » Read more

Florence: Vintage shopping on a budget

Florence: Vintage shopping on a budget

By Laura Mongillo in Florence What would you rather take home as a souvenir from Florence? A pair of boxer shorts with the David’s (ahem) jewels printed on the front OR a gorgeous Florentine-made Italian leather handbag from the ’60s? Ok, I guess that may be a gender-biased question, but is it really that hard of » Read more

Florence Day Trip: Wine and hiking in Greve in Chianti

Florence Day Trip: Wine and hiking in Greve in Chianti

Many would say visiting Florence without dousing yourself in Chianti wine makes for an incomplete trip. But did you know that the Chianti region is not only a basin for wines but also home to walking trails that will awaken the dormant hiker buried deep inside every Cheapo. Greve in Chianti, today’s featured destination, is situated about » Read more

Florence: A guide to the city’s bar scene

Florence: A guide to the city’s bar scene

Finding a bar that suits you can be a difficult task while travelling and Florence in particular has some obvious pitfalls. So simply keep in mind what kind of atmosphere you’re looking for and this advice can help you enjoy the city and it’s nightlife that much more! Florence’s bar scene Many of Florence’s bars and » Read more

Florence: Take a ride on the city’s new tramway

Florence: Take a ride on the city’s new tramway

Florence is a medieval fairy tale city of churches, palazzos and cobblestones. However, like in other cities, it has had to adapt to modern times and technology. In January 2010, Florence took a giant leap into the future by christening the first of three tramway lines servicing the city center and surrounding areas. Despite much » Read more

Where to find the best gelato in Florence

Where to find the best gelato in Florence

My name is Laura and I’m addicted to gelato. I’d eat it morning, afternoon or night, winter, spring, summer or fall. I’d eat any flavor you hand me, even though I’m a picky eater. So trust me, I’ve done my research for finding the best gelaterias in Florence. Tips for finding good gelato Gelato is » Read more

Florence: Cheap English-language bookstore

Florence: Cheap English-language bookstore

Has pluri-lingual traveling turned your Anglo mind to sludge? Thinking of cheaply nursing your neurons back to English reading form? Well, just a few streets away from the Duomo’s tourist circus in Florence is a little piece of paradise disguised as a bookshop called The Paperback Exchange. Florence’s English-language bookstore Located at Vialle delle Oche » Read more

Top reasons to visit Florence in August

Top reasons to visit Florence in August

It’s a pretty well known fact that Italy, like most of Europe, goes on vacation in August. Everything closes up, everybody checks out and heads to the beach. So if you’re a tourist traveling through Florence during the month of August, you’ll just have to get used to the phrase chiuso per ferie (“closed for » Read more

Florence Pools, Parks, and Beaches: Cheap ways to keep cool under the Tuscan sun

Florence Pools, Parks, and Beaches: Cheap ways to keep cool under the Tuscan sun

There is no reason why your Florentine holiday should feel like you’re walking on the bubbling surface of the sun. (Unless of course you are a seasoned fire walker, in which case your callused feet will feel right at home.) For all other readers, here are a few activities in Florence that will keep you » Read more

Florence Transportation: Tips on getting in from the airport

Florence Transportation: Tips on getting in from the airport

Tired of arriving to your destination looking like you’ve just emerged from a human car wash? Well, how about getting to Florence refreshed, reposed and with the swagger of a Medici prince? Check out these tips to save energy, time and money when arriving in Florence: Lean toward Pisa (the airport, that is) Florence has 1.5 airports. The » Read more

Florence Day Trip: The Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano

Florence Day Trip: The Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano

Once you’ve spent some time in Florence, a day trip provides a nice break from the crowds of tourists and shoppers flooding the city. Poggio a Caiano, a small town about 30-40 minutes northwest of Florence, is a great example of amazing Tuscan history integrated into a modern Italian town. The highlight of the town » Read more

Florence Cheap Eats: The 3 best panini shops in town

Florence Cheap Eats: The 3 best panini shops in town

There’s a reason that the word “panini” is well known in the English-speaking world, and that’s because Italians really know how to make a good sandwich. A savory “panino” is the perfect cheap and quick lunch in Florence, and thankfully there are many options from which to choose. Here are our favorite sandwich shops in » Read more

Favorite Place in Florence: Free views at the Horticulture Garden

Favorite Place in Florence: Free views at the Horticulture Garden

Florence is an amazing city that has it all … well, almost. One thing missing from this city is green space. There are many piazzas and small gardens, but central  Florence is void of real open, green space. Luckily, the Giardino dell’Orticultura (Horiculture Gaden) offers some much-needed greenery not far from the city center. So » Read more

Florence: A (free) medieval graffiti walking tour

Florence: A (free) medieval graffiti walking tour

When you visit the historic center of Florence, it can sometimes feel like you’re  following your map from one must-see destination to another. But Florence is full of fascinating details, and it’s worth it to stop and look around. In this walking tour, you start and end at two key sights in Florence (the Palazzo » Read more

Florence Aperitivos: Free delicious food for the price of a drink

Florence Aperitivos: Free delicious food for the price of a drink

Florence is not a cheap city. With so many tourists and foreign students studying abroad, many of the city’s restaurants and bars have morphed into over-priced, low-quality tourist traps. However, there’s one not-so-secret Italian tradition that provides an alternative to a plate of €20 pasta and rancid wine: the aperitivo. Between 7 PM and 9 » Read more

How to rent a villa in Tuscany. Is it right for you?

How to rent a villa in Tuscany. Is it right for you?

A few years ago my wife and I pulled a daredevil stunt: We rented a 1,100 year old villa in Tuscany and invited both sides of our families to join us for a week-long vacation. Now, before you ask “what were you thinking?” or say “that doesn’t sound particularly Cheapo, Pete,” let me explain further. » Read more

Using the Florence Bus System

Using the Florence Bus System

Florence is a small and very walkable city, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never need a break from treading the cobblestone streets. Thus, visitors to Florence will benefit from understanding the city’s bus network. Here’s a warning: it’s not easy, but it can be done. It’s always tempting to take the hop-on hop-off tourist buses, » Read more

Florence: 3 lesser-known churches with free admission

Florence: 3 lesser-known churches with free admission

Florence, along with the rest of Italy, is famous for its churches. Upon arriving in Florence, most tourists head to the Duomo for its giant brick dome, the Santa Maria Novella for its artwork, and Santa Croce for its crypt. While these churches are the most well-known in Florence, they are certainly not the only » Read more

Three reasons for visiting Florence in winter

Three reasons for visiting Florence in winter

Wanna catch Florence with her pants down? Then come for a visit during the winter! The combination of being one of the most beautiful cities in the world and being blessed with a clement climate puts Florence at the mercy of vacationer invasions from spring to fall. But the winter seems to be some kind » Read more

Florence: A night of international theater (with drinks) in Oltrarno

Florence: A night of international theater (with drinks) in Oltrarno

Just over the Arno river is a little-known treasure for the international crowd that I bet isn’t in your Florence tour book. It’s a little place to sustain your vacation’s quest for culture while adding a contemporary twist to your day. I speak of the Florence International Theatre Company (FITC). International theater in Florence The FITC, » Read more

Florence Cheap Eats: Two delicious lunch options

Florence Cheap Eats: Two delicious lunch options

The average biped can only take in so many renaissance masterpieces without eventually giving in to an empty stomach. So where to eat cheap in the heart of Florence? Well, here’s the thing: You’ll be tempted by quaint little trattorias offering tourist menus and a mustached host romancing you towards a table next to Laura » Read more

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