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Autumnal itineraries to embrace seasonal beauty

Destination Florence share ideas on how to make the most of fall.

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Hiking in Italy: the stone from which we came

A hike to Fiesole and climbing Giotto's bell tower reminds a study-abroad student of the human connection with the earth.

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Farms for family fun not far from Florence

Relax at these farms not far from the city, which offers plenty of fun activities for the whole family

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Garden With A View: a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Garden with a View, off viale Michelangiolo, is an art park that's the life’s work of Alice Esclapon de Villeneuve.

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The 5 most beautiful parks in Florence this spring

Where to make the most of nature in the city and surroundings.

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Walking experiences in Tuscany with Martino Pozzi

Nature enthusiast and environmental hiking guide Martino Pozzi leads walks across Tuscany with his Walking Experiences business.

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Wisteria in bloom at Villa Bardini

The Instagram photo contest for the flower-covered archway is back for 2022.

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Ladies Adventures Florence: a women-only community

Start the new year with an adventure or two. Lori Anne Lo Presti tells The Florentine about how she moved to Florence and founded the ever-more popular group Ladies Adventures ...

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parkrun: it was always about the coffee

It was back in 2004 when a South African living in London named Paul Sinton-Hewitt gave birth to the first parkrun event, with his partner Joanne, three other volunteers and a ...

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Outdoor explorations and adventure with Destination Florence

The best way to endure the heat of the summer months is to set off on an outdoor adventure in the fresh air in Florence, and yes, it can be ...

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Places to picnic

We take you through popular spots to lay out your picnic blanket, and the firm favourites for Florentines and Florence aficionados.

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Via degli Dei: hiking between Bologna and Florence

PhD law students at the European University Institute Dominik Dworniczak and Hubert Bekisz are based in Florence for the next four years. Both enjoy hiking and decided to attempt the ...

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Hills of healing and kindness: Valdelsa Empolese

    “Prayer is a suspension of the presumption of your ego,” explains Alessandro, his kind eyes sparkling with empathy, after showing us around the cell where the Blessed Giulia ...

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Children-friendly parks in Florence

Keeping kids entertained is never as easy as one would like to think. Especially now as schools will remain closed until September, I find myself scrambling to come up with ...

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Forest bathing on Monte Amiata

“Our hotel’s opposite the ski lift, I’ll meet you there,” wrote hotelier and tour operator Franz, in a WhatsApp exchange. Off I set, two hours south of Florence, climbing up ...

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Where to hike in Florence

One of the best things about Florence is that you’re never far from nature. I’ve been guiding hiking and biking tours throughout Europe for over 20 years; when I’m at ...

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Land and water in the Mugello

An absence of big cities and an abundance of green seems to generate a hush over the whole area of the Mugello, an area of Tuscany located northeast of Florence. ...

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Skydiving over Florence

Now, I see the sky in a different light. This weekend, I eyed up my terrace’s base-jumping potential and obsessed as a drone was piloted downriver. On Friday, I tumbled ...

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Chianti: gravel paradise

In Chianti, cycling equals gravel because of the ubiquitous dirt tracks. L’Eroica, the best-known historic cycling event in the world, has made pedalling through verdant vineyards a must for bikers. ...

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Summer camps for kids in Florence and Tuscany

As the school year winds down, what better way to spend the holidays than at summer camp, where kids can explore their potential with a variety of English activities? For ...

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Coastal cycling from Bolgheri to Baratti

The sea breeze rustles the pink and white rhododendrons as we mount our e-bikes to explore the Etruscan Coast. Our point of departure is where the viale dei Cipressi meets ...

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Exploring Pratomagno and the Casentino

Silence and adrenaline: these two words aren’t often found in the same sentence, but this is exactly what awaits you in the wild woods of the Casentino and the steep ...

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Fiesole: walking away from Florence

While Florence may be famed for its beautiful and historic walks, circling Medici palaces, meandering through small alleys and stumbling across all sorts of curiosities, it is often easy to ...

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Lunigiana: the land of a thousand castles

Explore an authentic land at leisure: this is the recommended approach to admire the abundant riches that the Lunigiana has to offer. The northernmost patch in Tuscany, the area borders with ...

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