Top things to do in Tuscany in spring

Spring is a magical time in Tuscany. The days get longer, the temperatures are perfect and all around nature shows off the best of Mediterranean colours. Easter here is celebrated with events and festivals, making it a very special time to visit. Top things to do in Tuscany in Spring – Gardens with a view over Florence Florence’s gardens… Read more »

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10 Non-touristy things to do in Florence

Is it still possible to find non-touristy things to do in Florence, a city that attracts millions of visitors every day? What should you do in my home town Florence if you want to blend in and not feel like a tourist? I hear you: you’re not interested in the obvious museums (but if you… Read more »

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VIP Florence Duomo & Secret Terraces Tour

Get up close to Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Secret Terraces with Ciao Florence! The Duomo is the heart of Florence. A remarkable and imposing church topped by one of the most famous domes ever created. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and finished in 1436, it’s the largest masonry dome in the world. While the view of… Read more »

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Easter in Florence – Experience a traditional Easter in Florence

Easter is special in Florence, and if you’re visiting during the Easter holidays you can enjoy some special Florentine traditions and treats. The king of the show is the spectacular Explosion of the Cart in Piazza Duomo on Easter morning, a centuries old folkloristic show that offers plenty of excitement and adds colour to this already… Read more »

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Cinque Terre Day Tour from Florence

The Cinque Terre National Park is one of the gems of Italy, close enough to Florence to make it a popular day-trip destination. A UNESCO World Heritage site its rugged coastline shelters five (hence ‘cinque’) brightly coloured little towns that cling to the terraced hillsides above the sea. This area has been romanticised by poets… Read more »

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7 Good Reasons to visit the Chianti, Italy

The Chianti area stretches between Florence and Siena – in central Italy – comprising around 12 thousand square kms of natural beauty and imbued with a true sense of tradition. Rolling hills, endless vineyards, beautifully kept olive groves, woods, ancient castles, charming farmhouses and villas. In the Chianti the good life is an everyday thing,… Read more »

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5 Italian dishes to melt your heart

I’ve lived in Italy for a while now. When I first arrived I didn’t know my mozzarella from my mortadella, but now my tastes have come of age and I’m just as fussy as any Italian when it comes to what’s on the plate in front of me. So I thought I’d let you in… Read more »

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Botticelli – 10 curious facts about the Man and the Artist

Sandro Botticelli is the famous Italian Renaissance painter, made immortal by works like the “Birth of Venus” and “Allegory of Spring”. He was born in Florence around 1445, and here he spent most of his life, as it was the flourishing cultural hub that of the time. Here we uncover a few stories about the… Read more »

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Top springtime destinations in Tuscany

Springtime in Tuscany is heavenly. Ideal temperatures. Longer days. The fields and trees showing off their new colours. The squares filling with al fresco diners. It’s the place to be at this time of year. But which are the top destinations? Here are our suggestions. A few insider tips on top places to go in Tuscany in spring…. Read more »

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Was “Medici: the Magnificent” shot in Florence?

If you’ve watched the second series of the Medici, you might be wondering if you can see any of those locations next time you come to Florence. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but it turns out that most of the scenes set in Florence were shot somewhere else. But that doesn’t mean you can’t see… Read more »

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