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!

Your Italian Vacation at a Villa in Tuscany

February 1, 2024

Start planning your vacation at a Tuscan villa! Looking for a gorgeous villa in the Tuscan countryside that will host up to 20 people, where you can have the property to yourself, enjoying spacious gardens and a swimming pool all to yourself? Then look no further as Villa Piaggia is the ideal villa for you…

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Enjoy Fall in Tuscany with Wine & Truffles

November 1, 2023

While summer is the busiest season for Tuscany and Chianti, the months of fall are actually my favorite and I believe the best time of the year to come and explore the region. Less crowds and less demand generally accounts for lower rates than in the peak summer season although I have to admit lots…

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Off to Pisa! Seeing the Leaning Tower with Kids

October 23, 2023

A train ride to Pisa from Florence: a short day trip, perfect for little ones It’s been a while since we took off on a day trip, at least more than we would like. The arrival of our third child and the long pandemic restrictions have kept us home-bound (remember that behind DiscoverTuscany there is…

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@SundayatheMuseum in Tuscany

February 3, 2023

This Sunday, February 5, 2023, many regional museums will be open with exhibitions, guided tours and initiatives throughout Tuscany The first Sunday is the #SUNDAYattheMUSEUM with free admission to all the monuments, museums, galleries, parks and monumental gardens of the Italian State. Also many of the state places of culture managed by the regional Polo Museale della…

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Summer Wine Tours & Tastings in Tuscany

July 15, 2022

The Best Wine Experiences in Chianti this Summer Tuscany is best experienced relaxing, with a view in front of you and a glass of wine in your hand. Across the entire region you can find “local Tuscan wines” from that part of Tuscany. While the Brunello di Montalcino is pretty well-known worldwide, there is also…

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Changes regarding Green Pass, masks and rules starting May 1st

April 27, 2022

From May 1, 2022, the anti-Covid rules in place will change as we see an end of the “Green Pass” and for wearing masks indoors and in schools. Little by little, Italy eases restrictions, following a set calendar drawn up by the Draghi government. We, however, need to await the meeting of the Council of…

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Free Entry to State Museums on First Sunday Returns

April 1, 2022

With the end of the “official” pandemic at the end of March 2022, many changes are planned starting in April. Aside from the elimination of the request for the Green Pass in many places, such as museums and restaurants, the decree at the end of March also included restarting the initiative that gives free entry…

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Green Pass Changes Starting April 1st

March 27, 2022

As the pandemic is “officially” about to end here in Italy, the government is setting out how to start gradually returning to opening up many services, making it easier to move around and travel. I won’t get into all the details, only into the main ones that affect travelers to Italy. The main one is…

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2022 Carnival fun at the Hard Rock Cafe

February 21, 2022

Are you looking for music and fun to celebrate Carnival this Friday, February 25? Then go to the Hard Rock Cafe in Florence where SUZY Q CARNIVAL CIRCUS will perform on stage and take over the audience with their irreverent performance! The Tuscan dance music band celebrate their 25 years on stage with the masked…

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Green Pass: What is it and When do you need it?

February 10, 2022

New extensions to the “Super” Green Pass arrive on February 15, the certification being used to fight against the fourth wave of Covid-19 in Italy these the two/three months. Also from the same date, everyone over 50 will require it to be able to go to work. The new Covid decree (Law Decree, shortened as…

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