Best museums in Florence

Florence has some of the most celebrated museums in the world. From the Uffizi Gallery, with its rich collection of Renaissance paintings, and the Accademia that hosts the iconic David. But being the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence has a lot more for art lovers to enjoy too. So to help you make the best… Read more »

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Ricciarelli biscuits, one of Italy’s favourite Christmas treats

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Italy without Ricciarelli biscuits. In Tuscany and all around Italy typical Chrismas treats fill the shelves of pasticcerie and supermarkets, from panettone to buttery pandoro to chocolate covered torrone. But though Ricciarelli end up on tables all over Italy, they are very much a Tuscan delicacy. These soft almond paste biscuits… Read more »

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Christmas in Tuscany – Top Christmas markets and traditions

Get into the Christmas spirit in Tuscany! The trees are lit, markets are set up and parties prepared, and the atmosphere is wonderfully festive. But it’s more than just lighthearted fun. This is a place where traditions are honoured and Christmas has plenty of its own. If you travel to Tuscany at this time of… Read more »

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Florence in a day – How to spend the perfect day in Florence

If you only have time to see Florence in a day, you don’t want to waste it leafing through a guidebook wondering where to go. So we’ve created a list of essential sights and put them together into a walking friendly guide. This way you can see a little of everything that matters. It takes… Read more »

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6 Storybook villages in Tuscany

Storybook villages in Tuscany are not in short supply. Small towns in enchanting locations, full of turreted towers, romantic archways, secret passageways and plenty of magical atmosphere. Go there and you feel you’re walking around inside real-life fairy tale. Just make sure to leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind you. Once upon a time –… Read more »

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Florence Baptistry and the Gate of Paradise

In Piazza del Duomo, right in front of the imposing Cathedral, stands the exquisite Baptistry, one of the oldest religious buildings in Florence. It’s a wonderful example of Florentine Romanesque style, based on rationality and geometry. Inside its magnificent gates is a lavish interior with precious medieval mosaics and some important pieces of Florentine history…. Read more »

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Top 5 things to do at Christmas in Tuscany

Visit a Christmas Market. See the glittering lights in Florence. Attend a special festival dedicated to Nativity scenes. And try out all the festive treats while you’re at it. These are our top things to do at Christmas in Tuscany. Buon Natale! Christmas, as the saying goes, is a very special time of year. And… Read more »

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Why we love Tuscany in Winter

There are many reasons to love Tuscany in Winter. Winter is when favourite destinations like Florence and Siena are at their best. When the cobbled streets of Medieval hilltop towns and hamlets are truly atmospheric. Various seasonal treats appear during Christmas. And then, during February, there is the carnival period full of festivals and spectacular… Read more »

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“Adoration of the Magi” – Botticelli paints the Medici

The Adoration of the Magi by Botticelli is one of the highlights of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Painted between 1475-78, it’s the work that propelled the young artist into the Medici circle. if you look closely, you’ll discover that many figures in this religious scene are none other than members of the Medici family…. Read more »

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December in Florence – A festival of lights and Christmas markets

Florence always puts on a radiant show in December. From the Christmas atmosphere on the streets, to the glittering shop windows and sparkling decorations around the city centre. But there’s much more than just twinkly christmas lights to enjoy. During the month of December a very special show illuminates Florence’s landmarks, and the Christmas market… Read more »

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