Calcio Storico Historic Medieval Football Match in Florence

Calcio Storico Match in Santa Croce

What better way to immerse yourself in the Florentine culture and history than watching men dressed in medieval costumes beat each other up? If you haven’t heard of Calcio Storico, or medieval football, we’ve got some exciting news for you. This Sunday, you can spend your afternoon watching one of these insane football game that pretty much has no rules. Think American hockey, but way more intense. The best part
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Viareggio Carnival, Mardi Gras in Tuscany

Don’t Miss out on Viareggio Carnevale! When you think Carnevale, you might picture something like a packed Bourbon Street in New Orleans for Mardi Gras or an elaborate festival with masks and costumes in Rio de Janeiro. Carnevale in Italy is a little different, but it definitely has one thing in common with the other festivals: it’s a party you don’t want to miss out on. While Venice may seem
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What’s Going On? November Events

November is an exciting time of the year. The weather is finally starting to feel like fall! Now that it’s getting cooler out, you may be thinking to yourself, what are some fall activities I can do in Florence? Although there aren’t apple orchards or pumpkin patches, there are some great events going on in Florence this month. Check out some of our favorites below: Free Museum Sunday On the
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What’s Going On? September Events

Festa della Rifcolona - Festival of the Paper Lantern The Festa della Rifcolona, or the festival of lanterns is a long lasting tradition of Florence. The roots of the festival are based on the Christian tradition of celebrating the birthday of Santissima Annunziata. The farmers would come into Florence but often leave before dawn—carrying paper lanterns at the end of a stick with a candle inside. Today, Florentines gather with
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Calcio Storico – June 9th & 10th

If you have walked past Santa Croce recently, you may have noticed that there has been a bleacher takeover of the Piazza. Florence's annual Calcio Storico (dating all the way back to the Renaissance) is happening this weekend! Here is all you need to know in preparation for the weekend madness. The Calcio Storico Fiorentino is a combination of soccer, rugby and wrestling. There are four teams that compete against
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Free Museum Sunday – June 3rd

My favorite day of the month is fast approaching! Free Museum Sunday is THIS Sunday and if you're not busy traveling and have a day to spare to explore Florence this is your chance. ALL of the State run Museums in Italy have free entry every first Sunday of the month. During my semester abroad I was traveling nearly every weekend. As amazing and exciting as that was it minimized

Freetime in Florence: Fish Kisses

What is it? After a month of walking around on the cobblestone streets of Florence, my feet were in need of some tender, love and care. While a traditional pedicure sounded tempting, I decided to try out a fish pedicure after a friend suggested it. She was too ticklish to go through it again but I was curious how I would react to a school of fish exfoliating my feet.

Ai Weiwei: Libero

When: September 23, 2016- January 22,2017 Who is Ai Weiwei: From China, Ai Weiwei is a contemporary artist trying to bridge the gap in the relationship of tradition and modernity. He denounces the inconsistencies and gaps between the individual and the community in today’s world. Libero (Freedom): This exhibition is the first to stretch across the entirety of Palazzo Strozzi. It possesses artwork from all throughout Ai Weiwei's career.  The exhibit

Freetime in Florence: Aromas of an Ancient Pharmacy

Celebrating over 400 years in business and over 600 years in existence, the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is a hidden gem of Florence. What is it? As one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica offers customers modern day products created using ancient recipes. From perfume to skin care, the pharmacy's creations are unique and unlike anything else. The pharmacy allows visitors to take a break from the crowds of