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Giardino dell’Iris: Open only in May

Giardino dell’Iris: Open only in May February 6, 2012 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Giardino dell’Iris is a garden very special to Florence. And if you blink you might miss it. This garden is only open during the month of May where the gorgeous flowers thrive in the sunlight. The colors that take over are vibrant and full of life as the warm spring sun shines down on them. This garden...

Holiday Events and Travel Tips in Florence

Holiday Events and Travel Tips in Florence November 23, 2011 | Events, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Florence is starting to put up the lights for the Christmas season already and soon they will be shining bright. As the month of December draws closer these city lights will be lit every night. A sight to see. Especially if you take a stroll down Via dei Calzaiuoli towards Piazza della Signoria the lights...

What to Pack for a Florence Winter Holiday

What to Pack for a Florence Winter Holiday October 20, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Just around the corner the cool breezes from the north will sweep through the streets of Florence. Oh how cold it will be! Especially when I am riding my bike. Brr! One thing to know if you are planning a trip to Florence in November and December, be aware of the many days of rain. Rain pouring down...

Public Transportation in Florence

Public Transportation in Florence September 16, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Florence is easily accessible by foot but it is always nice to jump on a bus or tram or Tramvia when your dogs start barking. The buses are very easy to take and it’s even easier to take the tram. The tickets for both the bus and tram are exactly the same, so if you have to travel with the bus and...

Ponte Vecchio in late Summer

Ponte Vecchio in late Summer September 13, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Florence is always one of most visited cities in Italy. Which makes the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) one of the most visited places in Florence. The views from the bridge can leave you breathless or constantly snapping a picture. The sunsets from this point can render a couple to grab each other for a...

Helpful Italian Phrases while in Florence

Helpful Italian Phrases while in Florence September 7, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Florence being an international city and almost everyone is able to speak a bit of English. It is always good to keep some phrases in your back pocket to try to use the language. Italians are always happy to hear a foreigner speaking their language. As I tell my students, if you are able to communicate...

How to get from the Airport to the center of Florence

How to get from the Airport to the center of Florence September 5, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Florence is a small city. When you arrive by plane to the airport it is usually very easy to reach the city center. Although since the historical center has turned even more pedestrian this past June, it is harder to reach some places in the center. Florence Airport Once you exit the airport turn...

$50 a Day in Florence

$50 a Day in Florence August 27, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Ahh Florence a charming city with so much to experience. But there is one downside, the Euro is very strong and in the center of Florence it is quite expensive. I have complied a list of activities where you will spend under $50 or €35 (at the time I posted this article).  View from Ponte alla...

One Day in Florence, Italy

One Day in Florence, Italy August 16, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Florence, a city full of culture and art, has a lot to offer all types of travelers. If you only have a day in the great enchanting city, here is what I suggest.  Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria Once you arrive you must visit the Ponte Vecchio as the shops are opening (around 9am) in the...

Dealing with Scams in Florences

Dealing with Scams in Florences August 10, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Florence is not a place you must constantly watch your back, but like any city you are unfamiliar with you must be aware of what the city is offering you. As I have mentioned before one of the biggest scams in Florence, as well as all over Italy, is the selling of the fake designer bags. These bags are...