September 18, 2019

Themed tours of the Pratolino Medici park

  The Pratolino Medici Park is offering free themed tours throughout September, inviting visitors to discover the history, art and nature of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The former Medici residence, built between 1569 and 1581 for Francesco de’ Medici’s Venetian mistress, Bianca Cappello, is a popular spot for family outings, vaunting hiking trails and […]
July 10, 2019

Tourism numbers down

The Città Metropolitana di Firenze has released its tourism findings for the first three months of 2019, revealing a surprising drop—albeit slight—in the number of overnight visitors to the wider Florence area. Overall, the number fell from 979,562 to 946,911 visitors compared to the first trimester of 2018, with a total of 32,651 fewer tourists, […]
June 5, 2019

2,000 years of history at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

The Museum of Palazzo Medici Riccardi has expanded its site in the light of excavations in the age-old subterranean. Promoted by the Città Metropolitana di Firenze, the dig resulted in the restoration of the basements beneath Michelozzo’s courtyard and the opening of new museum space.         The archaeological campaign has enabled historians […]
May 5, 2019

Walk the way of the gods this May

Threading its way through the Apennine mountains, the Via degli Dei is a 130-kilometre-long hiking route between Florence and Bologna.   The path’s name, which translates as the Way of the Gods, is probably derived from mountains encountered along the route, including Monte Venere, near Monzuno, and Monte Luario, close to Firenzuola, which refer to […]
April 5, 2019

Pratolino Medici park reopens on April 5

A 25-minute drive due north of Florence along via Fiorentina, the Pratolino Medici park reopens on April 5 for the summer season.