The beautiful city of Perugia

Visiting Perugia from Florence

Walking through Florence at any time of year, you’re made quite aware that the capital of Tuscany is nowhere near an undiscovered tourist destination. By contrast, Perugia, the capital of the neighboring region of Umbria, lives a quieter life for much of the year – and it’s an easy city to visit from Florence.

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September 17, 2014 by
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Mosaics inside Florence's San Miniato al Monte church

San Miniato al Monte Church

Any must-see list in Florence undoubtedly includes a church or two, but many visitors overlook one of the most beautiful churches in the city because it’s not right in the historic center. The lovely San Miniato al Monte church sits atop a hill high above the city center, but it’s absolutely worth the climb to see it.

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September 10, 2014 by
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Treasures in Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

Ghiberti bronze panel from Florence baptistery, in Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Prior to the 1966 flood of the Arno River, a visit to the interior of Florence’s Duomo was a chance to see the cathedral’s collection of in situ artwork. After the flood, however, when the art treasures were recovered and restored, when all the mud was removed, much of the artwork was moved to the nearby Museo dell’Opera del Duomo – the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral.

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August 27, 2014 by
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Climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower in Florence

The Florence bell tower (right), Baptistery (left), & Duomo (center)

The Duomo in Florence is the city’s historic heart, but it’s not the only important structure on the piazza. The cathedral’s free-standing bell tower, or campanile, is equally beautiful and offers view-seekers a chance to get an almost-bird’s eye view of the famous red-tiled cathedral dome. Here’s what you need to know about climbing Giotto’s bell tower.

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August 20, 2014 by
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Florence’s Ferragamo Museum

Audrey Hepburn's shoe molds in the Ferragamo Museum

If you’re at all interested in the world of fashion, chances are good that you’ve heard of Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo. What you may not know is that, in addition to the Ferragamo company being based in Florence, the city is also home to the Ferragamo Museum. It’s open to visitors and an interesting look at fashion history.

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August 13, 2014 by
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Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Sights in Florence

The lovely Boboli Gardens are one stop on an Inferno tour of Florence

The latest in the continuing saga of Robert Langdon’s adventures in the world of art history is set largely in the city of Florence. Dan Brown’s “Inferno” wasn’t the major hit of “The Da Vinci Code,” but Brown’s (and Langdon’s) fans happily followed along on this romp, too.

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July 30, 2014 by
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Indulging Your Inner Gourmet in Florence

A meal overlooking the historic center of Florence

Italy is the ideal place to indulge your inner gourmet, and few cities reward that agenda better than Florence. Florence offers multiple options for day trips into wine country, cooking classes in Tuscan villas, historic markets, food festivals, and more. Here are some of the things to do if you’d like to add a foodie flavor to your Florence trip.

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July 16, 2014 by
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Famous Foods to Eat in Florence

Fresh gelato awaits the scoop

Eating is a popular pastime in Florence, whether you’re a traveler or a resident. There’s some variety to be sampled, including Italian imports from other regions, but if you really want to taste the best of the city’s cuisine then you’ve got to eat these famous Florence foods.

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June 25, 2014 by
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The Bridges of Florence

Ponte Vecchio, Florence's most famous bridge

Not every city with a river running through it embraces that waterway – but the Arno River is at the heart of Florence and has been for centuries. The river cuts right through the historic center of the city, so it stands to reason that there would also be a number of historic bridges crossing from one side to the other, right? Well, yes and no.

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June 18, 2014 by
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Florence Gourmet Food Tour: Truffles, Chocolate, Gelato, Olive Oil and Wine

Mmm, gelato!

I’ve always associated Florence with elaborate frescos, classic art and Renaissance architecture. Food, I thought, was best sampled in Rome or Milan, were fine, traditional cuisine is a given. I could not have been more wrong! As I discovered whilst experiencing the Florence Gourmet Food Tour , Florentine gourmet products share the same striking history and artisan quality as their famous counterparts.

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June 4, 2014 by
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