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!

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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In Siena this second half of October

October 15, 2021

You have until November 2 to go see the exhibition dedicated to the commissions of Cardinal Antonio Casini, bishop of Siena between 1408 and 1426 inside the monumental complex of the Cathedral of Siena. The exhibition “Masaccio: Madonna del solletico : The inheritance of Cardinal Antonio Casini, Sienese prince of the Church” in fact delves…

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The European Night at the Museum returns this Saturday

July 2, 2021

This Saturday July 3 several cultural sites in Tuscany are open for the European Night of Museums 2021, with extended evening hours paying for entrance only 1 euro. Normally this event, designed to promote the artistic heritage of the Old Continent, takes place in May, but this edition was moved to summer due to the…

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Italy opens borders to Europe

May 13, 2021

Exciting to think that this coming up weekend Italy is welcoming back all visitors across its borders with a few simple requirements: no more quarantine, with a big yes to the new national “Green Pass“. If you’ve contracted and recovered from Covid in recent months, tested negative to a Covid test 48 hours prior to…

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Italy reopens once again

April 30, 2021

Exciting news! Most of Italy “reopened” just 3 days ago, easing the restrictive measures that have characterized the past winter and spring months. Signs of falling infection numbers and the vaccine effort accelerating (over a quarter of all Italians have received their first dose, and nearly 5 million are now fully vaccinated) have led to…

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