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The Ultimate Florence Shopping Guide

Florence-Shopping-Guide | Tour Italy Now

Florence, the Renaissance capital might be well known for its artistic and cultural excellence. But it is also regarded as one of the best shopping destinations across the globe. From leather goods to high-end label suits, shoes, and perfumes, you will find everything over here. This guide will take you through some of the best boutiques and artisan workshops in Florence where you can engage in luxury shopping or fill your bag with some authentic home brands. Lorenzo Villoresi Lorenzo Villoresi is a legendary Italian perfumer who develops some of the most sought after scents in the world. His work is inspired by his Tuscan home and the Middle East travels. A Villoresi scent is something more than just an ordinary perfume, it is an experience. It contains small doses of Tuscan ingredients that are considered powerful and infuse freshness in every bottle. Florence boasts a Museum and Academy of […]

7 Masterpieces of Italian Art You Have to See Before You Die

With so many works of art found across Italy, even an art aficionado can get overwhelmed. But even if you’re just an average Joe with a general interest in art, you’ll get to appreciate the wealth of beauty Italian art has to offer. Here are 7 masterpieces that you should not miss when you start your journey across the country: Arch of Constantine (AD 315) The Forum, Rome Erected to commemorate the victory of Constantine I at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, the Arch of Constantine is the last existing triumphal arch in Rome. It is considered the most impressive surviving civic monument from Rome, as the design of many monuments and buildings worldwide are influenced by its style. These include everything from the façade of the Union Station in Washington DC to the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang. The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1486) Uffizi Gallery, […]

Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence: Raising the Flags High

If you have ever been to Italy and managed to attend a major event such as the Palio horse races in Siena, or perhaps the colorful Historic Football (or Calcio Storico) in Florence, then you may have had the pleasure of also witnessing the costumed processions that precede the main events. The procession is normally composed of locals in period costumes, marching down the main road while beating drums, waving heraldic flags, and performing colorful stunts. These men are known as the Bandierai, or “flag-wavers”, and what they do is considered an art form that requires years of training to perfect. While there are many such groups throughout the country of Italy, the biggest and one of the oldest of these groups is the Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence who officially represent their home city, and hold performances during important celebrations, giving people the chance to enjoy their showcase of […]

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino: Springtime Extravaganza

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Florence, the birthplace of the European Renaissance, thrived between the 14th and 17th centuries as a center of trade, finance, architecture, and the arts. At the height of its power and influence, it became one of the wealthiest cities of all time, and its rulers built some of the grandest churches, palaces, and museums in Europe. Today, these Florentine wonders are still being enjoyed by millions of people who come to Florence to pay homage to the culture and heritage of a city that has left an enduring legacy for the world. But aside from renowned paintings, sculptures, and monuments, Florence today also serves host to a festival which aims to preserve and nurture opera music, an inheritance from the Renaissance era and one of Florence’s greatest contribution to the arts. First staged in 1933 through the patronage of conductor Vittorio Gui, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival is known for […]

Beyond Art: Other Attractions to Experience in Florence

Mushroom shop in Central Market Florence

Whenever travel to Italy is mentioned, it is almost inevitable to include the city of Florence in the discussion. Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, and ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence is the capital of the lush region of Tuscany and is considered as the birthplace of the Renaissance. It was also a center of trade during medieval times, and to this day, it remains a major economic center. As one can expect from a city that is steeped in culture and history, almost every street and every corner boasts a historical building or a work of art (because even the door knockers here are sights to behold). However, other than your usual tour of galleries and museums, there are still a myriad other interesting places to see and things to do in beautiful Firenze. Here is […]

4 Things to Buy on Vacation in Florence, Italy

Excited for your upcoming trip to Italy? Finally getting that Italian vacation you’ve been dreaming of? If that’s the case, then there’s a very high probability that one of your stops will be in the picturesque city of Florence. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Tuscan region and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, this city has much to offer. We’re not just talking about art, culture, and history, but it also has a plethora options when it comes to shopping! You heard it right! Florence has tons of boutiques, stores, open-air markets, and artisan shops, so the opportunities for a good shopping spree are endless. However, no self-respecting shopping champion would leave such a special place like Florence without picking up a fitting souvenir, right? While we associate Murano with glassware, and Burano with lace, Florence, too, has its quintessential goods. So if it really […]

Enchanted by Florence’s Museums

Florence museum

Ever since I watched the lush and romantic film version of E. M Forster ‘s classic tale of Italian adventure and young love, I, like the chaperoned heroine Lucy Honeychurch “longed to wake up in Florence and fling wide the windows and lean out into the sunshine”. I have been lucky enough to visit the splendid city of Florence and succumb to its so aptly described “pernicious charms” a number of times over the years since I first was enamored with those beautiful words. Young ladies are no longer chaperoned by maiden aunts and Baedekers have been discarded for smart phone apps and Kindle e-guides, but Florence is a city that still enchants the modern traveler with age-old charms. My favorite place to start is in the Loggia in the stately Piazza della Signoria. The sculptures that sit underneath curved arches cover centuries of artistic history from the Roman to […]

Off The Beaten Path in Florence

Once you see the main sights, like Brunelleschi’s dome and the statue of David at the Accademia, you might be ready for some lesser known museums and sites that are off the beaten path in Florence. Here we share some of our favorite places you may not have heard of in this cradle of the Renaissance.  Museo Stefano Bardini This museum, located across the Arno river is a peaceful haven away from lines and crowds. A recent renovation had brought the museum back to the way it’s original founder had intended. Stefano Bardini was known as one of the great art dealers of the 19th century.  He donated the palazzo and his collection to the city of Florence. The artwork is organized by size and subject on incredibly beautiful blue walls. The Museo Casa Rodolfo Siviero Love international intrigue and incredible art?  This is the museum for you. The Museo Casa Rodolfo […]