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12 09, 2016

Visit the Other Side of Florence: The Oltrarno Neighborhood

2016-09-09T11:19:16+00:00 September 12th, 2016|

Piazza Santo Spirito by TooMuchTuscany Oltrarno, meaning beyond the Arno is a fun area for both locals and tourists alike. It is also included as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Florence. Encompassing the Oltrarno area is the Old City Wall, completed in 1333. It is the only part of the [...]

31 08, 2016

Florence by Night: Explore Florence as a Local

2016-08-31T09:51:00+00:00 August 31st, 2016|

Photo found on thomaschamberlin.photodeck.com With closed museums and day tours ending, it would seem as if there would be nothing left to do in Florence at night. But nothing could be far from the truth! For those who aren’t too pooped after walking around Florence all day, the evening is a great time [...]

22 08, 2016

Discover Ponte Vecchio Neighborhood with the Tips of Apartments Florence

2016-08-26T09:05:13+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|

You cannot leave Florence without walking across the Ponte Vecchio. It is the oldest Medieval bridge in Florence and the only bridge that wasn’t bombed during World War II. Butchers once had their shops there but today the bridge is full of jewelry, art and souvenir shops. Built on top of these shops is the [...]

19 08, 2016

The Vasari Corridor: A Hidden Architectural Treasure

2016-08-16T17:30:41+00:00 August 19th, 2016|

Map of the Vasari Corridor. Photo found on www.florencetown.com The Vasari Corridor is one of the most intriguing architectural ideas of 1565 in Florence, Italy. It is the elevated secret passageway that allowed the Medici family, among other elites, access to and from The Uffizi, the magistrate offices, and Pitti Palace, the home [...]

16 08, 2016

Discover the Duomo Neighborhood with the Tips of Apartments Florence

2016-08-22T13:56:43+00:00 August 16th, 2016|

Piazza del Duomo, located smack dab in the city center, is the square that holds the Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (a.k.a. the Duomo) and Giotto’s Campanile (the Bell Tower). The west end of Piazza del Duomo turns into Piazza di San Giovanni which holds the Florence Baptistery. Located adjacent to Piazza del Duomo [...]

11 08, 2016

Behind the beauty: stories of Florence façades

2016-08-11T09:12:29+00:00 August 11th, 2016|

  Walking around Florence, it’s hard to miss the very large churches that seem to pop up no matter where you go. They’re all over the city. All have different styles of design from Gothic to Renaissance to Gothic Revival. It got us thinking, what do we know about those beautiful façades that draw us [...]

5 08, 2016

From Amerigo to America: The Origin of the Name America

2016-08-05T09:37:24+00:00 August 5th, 2016|

When researching where the name America comes from for this article, as an American, I found it kind of strange I had to research it at all. You’d think it would be one of the first things they teach you about the history of America in elementary school. Seeing as though it wasn’t, I set [...]

1 08, 2016

Discover Florence in 48 Hours

2016-08-04T08:38:19+00:00 August 1st, 2016|

View point of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo Ask a local or any Florence fanatic and they’ll tell you Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are so many things to do and it’s easy to find yourself wondering – where do I even start?! We have put together [...]

25 07, 2016

Love, Intrigue and Art: the story of Donna Albizi

2016-08-04T09:02:29+00:00 July 25th, 2016|

What is most commonly known about Eleonora degli Albizi, is that she was the lover of Cosimo I de’ Medici, who was the Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1537 – 1569. Eleonora was a proclaimed beauty with a joyful spirit and had a son with Cosimo I. Their first child, a little girl, had passed [...]