Author: Lourdes Flores

An American living in Florence for over 10 years, Lourdes continues to explore and discover new places in Tuscany with the eyes of a tourist but with the experience of living in Italy. She shares her experiences on this blog and website, particularly offering lots of travel planning help on the Forum!

Longer Summer Openings at Florence Museums with Special Events

August 3, 2016

This summer in Florence, when the temps are quite warm during the day, you can dedicate a part of your evening to culture and art! The Uffizi, Accademia, Bargello and Medici Chapels all are offering extended opening times on different days of the week to offer a chance to visit these popular museums outside of…

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A Michelangelo Week: July 14-21

July 13, 2016

“A Michelangeleque Week” is starting tomorrow, July 14 through July 21, which coincides with the anniversary of his funeral in San Lorenzo on the 14th of July 1564. The Settimana Michelangiolesca is an annual, multidisciplinary cultural festival, now in its 3rd edition, that is centered around the life and work of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Painter, sculptor,…

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Uffizi Live: Tuesday Evenings at the Museum

July 5, 2016

Up until September 27th, the Uffizi Gallery has organized longer openings hours every Tuesday and is holding a Festival of the Performing Arts on these Tuesdays under the name of “Uffizi Live“. The summer festival is a mix of artistic events that include theater, dance and musical shows and concerts within the Uffizi’s rooms between…

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A McDonald’s Right Next to the Duomo?

June 23, 2016

This week the media and public have learned that the City of Florence has been in talks with the international fast-food chain McDonald’s for a new branch opening right in Piazza Duomo, on the northern side of the cathedral. An uproar has risen on social media, while the city’s mayor, Dario Nardella, has spoken publicly…

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Eating Your Way Around the World

May 28, 2016

Get ready, I am going to basically photo-bomb you with images of delicious burgers! Because this is the World Burger Tour we are talking about, so what else could I photograph? Drinks to go with them, of course! I’m a long time resident of Florence and American. So yes, I love a good burger. And…

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European Night at the Museum: Where to go in Florence and Tuscany

May 19, 2016

This Saturday, May 21st is the European-wide initiative of “Night at the Museum”. In Florence, this means that many museums will be taking part, thus remaining open for longer hours and allowing entrance either for free or for a symbolic 1 euro! For the Uffizi and Accademia, this means special longer opening hours this Saturday:…

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Women Artists in Florence: Spotlight on Adriana Pincherle

May 16, 2016

If you’ve been to Florence before and wondered where all of the artwork made by WOMEN over the last few centuries is at, you’re not the first one. We are hard pressed to name any well-known female artist from the Renaissance beyond Artemisia Gentileschi (this is one of her most well-known works housed at the…

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Giro d’Italia is coming to Chianti

May 10, 2016

This weekend the Giro d’Italia is making its way first into Tuscany, arriving first in Arezzo and then heading into Chianti. If you’re around, don’t miss it! Also prepare for closed roads ;-). The Giro d’Italia, professional cycling’s second most prestigious stage race after the Tour de France, kicked off in the decidedly un-Italian setting…

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Museums in Florence: Openings between April 25th and May 2nd

April 19, 2016

We have two long holiday weekends coming up and you might be wondering what will be open or closed in Florence. Most restaurants and shops do remain open, seeing as they are the perfect time when lots of people travel and sight-see it wouldn’t make sense to do otherwise. But sometimes, places of culture such…

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A Dream in Tuscany at Borgo Scopeto

April 8, 2016

As we made our way down to Siena and then out into the Chianti countryside covered with vineyards, I was thinking of how driving in Tuscany makes you seem as if you’ve stepped into a movie. We likely have, as the setting we drive through has been caught on screen many times before. If the…

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