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Eating Authentically in Italy

One of the things that is hardest to experience about cultures while you are visiting or traveling, is the food. Not the restaurants or even the street food (though usually a large step in the right direction), but the authentic, homemade, recipe-was-handed-down-for-generations, fresh food. Italy is no exception. Sure, there…

FlorenceTown Tour View of Vasari Corridor
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Vasari’s View of a Medici’s Life

Being a member of Medici family in Florence may not have meant you would inherit great genes (look up Lorenzo the Magnificent if you think I am exaggerating), but it did mean you had wealth and privilege like no other. For one day, I experienced the Medici privilege. First, a…

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The Best in Florence

When planning a visit to Florence, you’re probably wondering what the most important things to do are during the short amount of time you have. The city is full of impressive monuments and museums, both in the center and the Oltrarno, and it’s almost impossible to see them all. The…

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My Typical Student Day in Florence

I enjoy this walk because the river is very beautiful and it is much more peaceful than the hustle and bustle within the city center. My favorite part of walking along the river is that I get to enjoy the Ponte Vecchio from all different angles. Sometimes I walk across…

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Finding a Great Aperitivo in Florence

Going out for aperitivo is the best way to set the mood for your evening here in Florence. The idea of aperitivo, also known as “aperitif” or “apericena” in Italian, is to enjoy a light antipasti and a drink before having your real Italian dinner. Many restaurants and bars in…

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My job at Florencetown – Amy Sidorakis

When I came to Italy I did not know about Florencetown and I had no experience with the tourism industry. I essentially knew nothing coming into my position as an intern, but I wanted to learn because Florencetown as a company interested me. I saw a company that offered something…

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What to see in Florence: Santo Spirito by Day!

Santo Spirito is one of Florence’s best kept secrets.  If you head over to Santo Spirito during the day you’ll find it is void of tourists and always bustling with lots of locals. You can find the local italians getting their bread and pastries at the local corner bakery or…

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Christmas in Florence with Lindsay

There is no place like Florence during Christmas time.  The second half of November the entire city begins its preparations so that by December 1st the entire city is adorned in Christmas decor.  Every street is strewn with twinkly lights, door frames of shops are covered with wreaths, and every…

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Adventures in the “Oltrarno” in Florence

When in Florence, many will spend the majority of their time soaking up the beauty and bustle of the city center.  Why wouldn’t you? There is enough Florentine history to keep you preoccupied for months. However, after you’ve taken a Walk and Talk tour around the city, you think you’ve…

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Florencetown’s Inferno: Ron Howard in Florence!

You say Inferno, I say Florence. Since Dan Brown’s newest novel released last May, our city has received quite a bit of attention from Dr. Robert Langdon’s most recent adventures through the historical landmarks Florence is known for. What’s the latest buzz on Inferno? It looks like it’s time for…

Siena with Florencetown
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Palio di Siena

 August 16th marks the second event for the “Palio di Siena”.  If you aren’t familiar with Siena, historically it was the rival city of Florence. Siena is a city located high up on a hill top and fortressed by high stone walls. It is a beautiful little city and it…