Taverna del Bronzino

Florence has more than its fair share of historic restaurants and La Taverna del Bronzino is a glorious example of one such establishment. The plaque above the entrance tells us that the restaurant is in the building that once belonged to Santi di Tito, a student of the artist Bronzino (Consul of Florence's Academy of the Arts of Drawing). We were immediately impressed by the helpfulness of the staff, especially Umberto, the owner, who showed us to our table. We had a drink to get started and familiarize ourselves with the menu. We ended up asking for their suggestions. The presentation

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Christmas Presents in Florence

We're down to the last few days before Christmas...got all your presents? If you are still looking for an idea for a loved one, consider some of these special Christmas gifts you can find in Florence. We want to tell you about special places in the center of Florence, places that you can't find just anywhere! Let's start with a place quite close to our hotel. There is a historic English "herbalist's shop" in Via Tornabuoni where you can find beauty products of the highest quality, such as

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Christmas in Florence

December has arrived at last, and all of Florence has a dazzling, fun Christmas feel about it already. Not only are there glittering shop windows and brilliant lights on the center's streets, as soon as you step into Piazza Duomo, you'll be awed by its gigantic Christmas tree and you'll have to stop spellbound to look at the Santa Maria del Fiore crèche. So how to spend your time while you wait for Christmas Eve to arrive so you can gather with friends and family to unwrap your presents? We

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“Todo Modo”: Bookshop, cafe and theater in one

In Via dei Fossi, last November 18, the independent bookstore "Todo Modo" opened its door to a 180 sq.m. space, offering, beyond books, theatrical shows and chance to sit down for a coffee. More than a bookstore, Todo Modo — whose name comes from Leonardo Sciascia's novel — is also a cafe and theater. Its founders wanted to create a kind of "living room" in Florence to stop and browse books while giving their customers a full experience beyond reading.

The shop has about 15,000

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Florence Expo 2015

Expo 2015 — slated from May 1 to October 2015 in Milan — is being feverishly prepared. A section of Milan covering over a million square meters is dedicated to the Expo, which expects 15 million visitors, involving 130 countries.Florence is gearing up too for Florence Expo 2015, which includes many initiatives and events to promote Florence, its area and its history. Florence is the perfect union of past and future, where the cradle of the Renaissance and its hundreds of years of history meets

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Il Cibrèo Restaurant

In Florence, when you hear chef Fabio Picchi's name, it's like a guarantee of quality. Everyone knows his name! Since 1979, his restaurant “il Cibrèo” has gone from being a simple osteria to become virtually a place of worship for Florentines and tourists in pursuit of an incredible experience. I decided to treat myself to an evening of traditional dining, and some friends and I headed to Il Cibrèo Restaurant. This is a Restaurant with a capital "R". Alfonso and Cristina greeted us immediately

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Picasso and Spanish Modernity

From now until January 25, 2015, Palazzo Strozzi is opening a window on modern art with its new exhibition focusing on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century,Pablo Picasso. "Picasso and Spanish Modernity" shows a selection of about 90 works in which we can see how Picasso's genius has influenced other artists such as Miró, Dalí, Juan Gris and Julio Gonzalez, just to name a few.

The pieces shown come from a time frame from 1910 to 1963. The exhibition's guiding

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The Five Best Gelato Shops in Florence’s Center

Visitors often ask us which is the best gelato shop in Florence. We've tried practically all of them and can report that gelato in Florence on the whole is great in plenty of places! But if we absolutely have to choose to make a list of the five best gelato shops in Florence, here's our very personal — and definitely open to debate — selection. Go ahead and try them all and tell us if you think we're right — or wrong! Gelateria La Carraia Location – Ponte alla Carraia e via Verdi They have

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An Igers’ photography contest on our new terrace

We got an unusual request in mid-September....a group of Igers— as Instagram's most active users are dubbed — asked if they could organize a training session for the followers of their community at our hotel. They were mainly members of the Igers Florence group. We have to admit we knew nothing about it all until right before we met them... but we happily said yes. Basically, they gave a kind of outdoor lesson on how to take great pictures, taking advantage of our terrace's beauty from where

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Equilibrium Exhibition at Museo Ferragamo

I've always been enchanted by Palazzo Spini Feroni, Ferragamo's headquarters, so whenever Ferragamo puts on a new show, I never miss the chance to catch it. Their latest is called "Equilibrium." Art, in all its many expressions, is used to explore the exhibition's theme, with works ranging from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, all the way to contemporary art — all art about the human figure in motion.    Two statues of hominids in the first room give us an early example of our upright

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