Soar over Florence and see it from a whole new perspective

Tuscany From Above: Day Trips From Florence

There are so many reasons to love Florence, from its world famous art to its delicious food, and after awhile if you need a break from all that “city” you can easily get into the Tuscan countryside. To really get a sense of the big picture of Tuscany, however, you’ll need to take the air to see Tuscany from above.

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December 3, 2014 by
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Renaissance court life in Florence

Dine at a Renaissance Court in Florence

Sometimes going on a trip to Italy means looking at the past through the lens of the present – gazing over Roman ruins and trying to imagine what life was like so many centuries ago. And sometimes you can pretend you’re back in time, in a small way and for a short while, letting your imagination come to life. That’s just what you can do at a Renaissance court banquet in Florence.

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November 12, 2014 by
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Accademia Treasures (Besides the David)

Michelangelo "Prisoners" line the hall

Most of us know that when we visit Florence, one must-see is Michelangelo’s exquisite “David” in the Accademia Gallery. What many people don’t realize is that the Accademia holds other treasures, as well. In other words, don’t plan to just make a beeline for David and then back out again. Here are some of the reasons to stop and look around awhile longer.

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November 5, 2014 by
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Orsanmichele Church & Museum

Orsanmichele

If you’re walking along Florence’s pedestrian-only Via Calzaiouli, peering into shops and anticipating your arrival at a big museum, you could easily miss the Orsanmichele Church. You’d probably see the exterior niches decorated with sculptures, but since you won’t find a door on the main walkway you’d probably snap a photo and keep walking. Turn the corner onto Via Arte della Lana, however, and you can go inside a church with a fascinating history.

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October 29, 2014 by
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Teatro della Pergola Opera House in Florence

Plush theater seating

Italy has many famous opera houses – La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice – but if you’re in Florence the theater to seek out is the Teatro della Pergola. Some argue it’s Italy’s oldest opera house.

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October 15, 2014 by
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Pizza, Wine, and Gelato in Florence

Hand crafted gelato

Pizza, wine, and gelato are the holy trinity of Italian foods. While in Florence we had an evening filled with the area’s finest foods. Our evening starts with a tasting and knowledge about one of the many things that make the region of Tuscany famous: the Sangiovese grape. Since before mid-evil times grapes have been grown in the Tuscany region just outside Florence. Over the centuries the wine makers have perfected their craft and produce some of the finest wines in the world. If you have ever tried a true Chianti it comes from this specify part of Italy. We learned about the process of making the wine and what characteristics that make it unique. A lesson in how to taste wine follows the history of the grape and region.

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October 8, 2014 by
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Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica

The piazza in Florence to which most of us flock is the Piazza della Signoria. It’s an excellent spot for people-watching, it’s the original home of Michelangelo’s David (and still has a copy of the statue), and it’s right next to the Uffizi Gallery. But for another look at Florence’s history, head to the Piazza della Repubblica.

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October 8, 2014 by
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Vivoli Gelateria in Florence

Vivoli gelato

Florence is easily one of the best cities in Italy in which to eat gelato, and there’s no shortage of gelato shops to choose from. Perhaps the most famous gelatera in Florence – if not all of Italy – is Vivoli.

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October 1, 2014 by
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Dining in a Florentine Home

Learn to make Tuscan dishes from the pros

Food is such an important part of Italian culture, and meals are special moments to be shared. If you don’t have family in Italy, however, your dining experiences will all feel less personal. Luckily, some Florence residents are opening their home to visitors through unique programs that allow you to have dinner in a real Italian home. Here are some of the ways you can dine in a Florentine home while you’re on vacation.

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September 24, 2014 by
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Siena and San Gimignano on a Tuscan Day Trip

Streets of San Gimignano

Tuscany, a famous territory in Italy known for its beauty as well as its good food and wine, is a place full of gems hidden in the hills. It’s not easily accessible by public transport, so you have two options – renting a car, or doing bus tour day trips from a major city like Florence. As a new driver, I opted against the inevitable financial ruin that renting would have incurred upon me, not to mention the difficulty of driving on the winding Tuscan roads, and chose a day trip from Florence to Siena and San Gimignano.

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September 23, 2014 by
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