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The latest news about Tuscany. Good and bad news from Italian and international newspapers.

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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A new bridge spans the Arno River: The Bridge of Love

June 10, 2016

The Arno River has been making headlines and it’s about to do it again  with the floating “Bridge of Love,” a conceptional installation by Architect Claudio Nardi. An extraordinary event for Florence.  It is here in the home of the Renaissance that fashion, art and design meld together from the 13 – 17 of June for hope and…

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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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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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New Etruscan Discoveries in Tuscany

April 15, 2016

An exciting moment in Tuscany, as new discoveries converge with ongoing exhibitions exploring the written word of the ancient population of Etruscans. These people who lived, prayed and ruled 7 centuries before Christ were years ahead of others in metal crafting, equal rights and culture. Huge Etruscan News These ancient markings, not finding roots in…

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Easter 2016: Special Openings Across Tuscany

March 23, 2016

For the upcoming Easter festivities, the Regional Polo Museale of Tuscany has shared the openings for all of the museums it oversees for Easter Sunday and Angel Monday, March 27th and 28th. In some cases, these are museums usually open on these days, in others they are special openings once there was an agreement reached…

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Special Openings for Easter Sunday and Monday in Florence 2016

March 18, 2016

Here’s the latest news we have as far as special openings for museums in Florence go for March 27th and 28th, this year’s Easter Sunday and Easter Monday/Angel Monday (known as Pasquetta in Italian). For more information on Easter in Florence, take a look at this article on the Scoppio del Carro and this one…

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Florence Celebrates its Palatine Electress

February 15, 2016

Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, as the last survivor of the Medici dynasty, donated the family’s private collections to the city of Florence by signing the “Family Pact”, or Patto di famiglia upon her death. The pact with the city determined that the collections were to be shared with all future visitors to the city,…

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Explore the Via Francigena by Bike

February 12, 2016

Would you love to explore the Via Francigena by bike, and thus the longest bike trail in Italy? While the walking Via Francigena is well-signposted, the cycling route is not! Help us signpost the route to create the longest bike trail in Italy! We recently learned of the fantastic fundraising project on the Italian crowdfunding…

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