28 09, 2016

Jan Fabre, Spiritual Guards in Florence: A Narrative Review

2016-09-28T09:49:04+00:00 September 28th, 2016|

As I walked up and up the steep hill on Costa dei Magnoli, I began to wonder, How much longer?? I had forgotten how far up the Forte di Belvedere really is. And why wouldn’t it be? The fortress was built in the 16th century by the order of Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici, [...]

26 09, 2016

Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden: The Masters of Florence

2016-09-20T06:00:00+00:00 September 26th, 2016|

Dustin Hoffman (left) and Richard Madden (right). Photo found on I don’t know about all of you, but everyone at The Medici Dynasty Show is growing more and more excited about the upcoming new series Medici: Masters of Florence. Scheduled to air next month in October 2016 on Italy’s Rai1, the show [...]

20 09, 2016

Visit Florence: Santa Croce Neighborhood

2016-10-10T12:43:21+00:00 September 20th, 2016|

The facade of Santa Croce. Photo by Tessa Cole Piazza Santa Croce is filled with street vendors, gypsies, locals and tourists. On a clear day you can capture the beauty of the Basilica of Santa Croce with its white marble against a baby blue sky. At night the piazza’s hustle and bustle of [...]

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 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 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 [...]