What’s New in Florence Museums?

Changing exhibits, illuminated texts, mummy hands, and musical instruments are just some of our new discoveries in Florence. I never feel like I've seen it all, and I never feel like leaving this ever-evolving city.

The Medici Chapels, Florence, Italy

Tomb of Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici with Night and Day. Maybe it was just the day–Christmas Eve–but, aside from us, there was almost nobody in the Medici Chapels. That's lucky if you're [...]

By |2016-01-28T12:07:50-05:00January 28, 2016|Categories: Europe, Italy, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |6 Comments

The Duomo and Bell Tower at Night, Florence, Italy

It's impossible to walk around Florence at any time of day and not risk bumping into people, light poles, or parked cars. Because wherever you go, you're confronted with the evidence that it was the [...]

By |2016-01-25T23:28:02-05:00January 26, 2016|Categories: Europe, Italy, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |0 Comments

Florence Italy Revisited: The Church Circuit

Note: This story was originally posted together with a summary of Florence's museums. But the post became unwieldy: that's how many significant churches and museums are recommended in Florence. Churches, mind you, have some of [...]

By |2017-06-16T17:19:33-05:00January 30, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy|Tags: , |0 Comments

Food and Shelter in Florence

Our Eurail Pass traveling was winding down when we hit Florence. Instead of pressing on, we stayed for two weeks, including Christmas. It was a good chance to refresh our memories of Florence, to discover new neighborhoods, and revisit some favorite works of art. Oh, so many recommendations we have for you!

By |2018-10-24T14:25:32-05:00January 17, 2015|Categories: Eat Drink Stay, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |16 Comments

Drama in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Florence's Palazzo Vecchio as seen from the Piazza della Signoria I’ll flirt with heresy and say, To Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio (“Old Palace”) is every bit as iconic as the Duomo. Or more [...]

By |2018-03-11T14:31:14-05:00January 7, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence, Italy

The crucifix over the altar of the Basilica of Santa Croce attributed to the Master of Figline, originally attributed to Giotto, but the historians recently changed their minds. It's nice, but not as exceptional [...]

By |2018-02-26T09:36:39-05:00January 6, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Duomo Demons, Florence, Italy

There's a lot of debate about the Vasari paintings that cover Florence. I think the safest thing to say about Giorgio Vasari was that he was a better businessman than a painter. He got the [...]

By |2015-03-11T16:10:30-05:00December 31, 2014|Categories: Europe, Italy, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

View of Florence from Giotto’s Bell Tower

View over Brunelleschi's dome to the "modern" Florence below. It's a long trudge up Giotto's bell tower next to the Florence Cathedral. Over 400 steps, many of which squeeze you into a tiny [...]

By |2018-04-11T08:15:52-05:00December 25, 2014|Categories: Europe, Italy, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The Lowdown on Travel with a Eurail Pass

Our Itinerary The hardest part about traveling with our Eurail pass, good for 15 travel days within two months, was deciding where to go. We studied the maps, solicited ideas, hemmed and hawed, started in [...]