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San Giovanni and its night of glittering fireworks

San Giovanni and its night of glittering fireworks is all over now! The weather was kind, a perfect evening with mild temperatures. Everything just right to open our new scenic terrace affording a 360-degree view of Florence. For San Giovanni (the holiday for Florence’s patron Saint John), the terrace was chock full with some 140 …

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Pitti Uomo: Special Edition

We’re on the brink of the huge men’s fashion event that takes place in Florence twice a year. Pitti Uomo. This year is a special edition, marking the 60th anniversary of the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana. Joining forces with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and ICE, Pitti Immagine is planning a …

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Valentine’s Day in Florence

We’re coming up on February 14, St. Valentine’s Day, the day of love. What could be better than celebrating it by spending a weekend in one of the world’s most romantic cities? Florence is postcard perfect for couples to walk hand-in-hand on the Ponte Vecchio. You could rent a car and take a spin through …

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Pitti Uomo 85

The year 2014 has just gotten on its way and Florence is already getting all gussied up for the year’s most fashion-conscious event, the Pitti Immagine show. In its 85th edition, Pitti presents the best of men’s collections, previews, and women’s capsule collections. To find out what will be in fashion next season, come on …

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Christmas Events in Florence

Christmas is coming and Florence is ready and decked out! Lights brighten Florence, trees and Christmas decorations create an atmosphere of cheer, and a full roster of events makes the run-up to December 25 extra fun. All this means the holiday seasons is one of the best times for visiting Florence. Christmas Market Santa Croce …

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International Contemporary Art: THE NEW FLORENCE BIENNALE

Florence opens its doors once again to international contemporary art for the Biennale that has been bringing in artists from around the world every two years since 1997. Once again this year. its primary location will be at the Fortezza da Basso, a hop and a skip from our hotel (go by foot!). The Biennale …

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World Cycling Championships: Beyond Art in our Renaissance Capital

The World Cycling Championships are coming to Florence. Between September 22 and 29, 2013 more than 400 athletes from around the world will pour into Florence’s streets (which have been decked in a nice new layer of asphalt for the occasion) and other Tuscan cities. Our Florence is the stage for the 86th World Cycling …

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Historic Florentine Soccer: Rossi – Bianchi Semifinal

Once again this June in Florence, like every year, there was Historic Florentine Soccer. Hotel Minerva closely followed the event this year, as it is located in one of Florence’s four historic districts. This is what happened. On Saturday, June 15, I finally got to go to see a match of “Historic Florentine Soccer” for …

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Pitti Immagine Uomo men’s fashion fair

For a few days Florence is turning into the world capital of fashion. What’s going on? Twice a year, in January and June, Florence opens its doors to the Pitti Immagine Uomo men’s fashion fair. This is the 84th edition of the show. With a full roster of events from June 18 to June 21, …

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The Feast of St. John, the patron saint of Florence

June 24 is the Feast of St. John, the patron saint of Florence. On the day there are many planned events to mark the event. It starts with a fabulous historic parade: with historic figures, flag bearers, drummers, and costumed ladies and knights through the streets of Florence. In addition to the costume parade there …

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