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Streetsmart: viale Ariosto

A ghost road at first glance, viale Ludovico Ariosto is a thriving hub of life on the edge. (Of the historic center, that is). More like a long parking lot ...

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Streetsmart: via dei Serragli part 2

Via dei Serragli has long figured into the Florentine lives of the authors of this piece. Last November we tackled its initial half for this column, showing up with some ...

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The holiday gift guide for Florence fanatics

Stuck on the inspiration front for gifts? Here’s The Florentine’s pick of the presents this holiday season for the Florence lovers in your life.           Family ...

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Streetsmart: via del Serraglio + Pop-Up Lab

Foot traffic just off piazza Duomo in Prato has dwindled in recent years, affecting businesses and leading to security concerns, but thanks to some enterprising business owners and initiatives by ...

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Streetsmart: via Ricasoli

We won’t mince words: regarding mass tourism’s takeover in historic Florentine streets, via Ricasoli is a rather bleak block. Pointed and plentiful signage for the “David Museum” outside area shops ...

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Spring in your step

When you’re an insecure teenager at a new school, blending in tends to take top priority. But taking a sartorially shy approach never worked well for Australian-born designer Rachel Beagley: ...

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BallereTTe opens new store in Florence

Bubblegum pink, lemon-drop yellow, ribboned with licorice-black straps: BallereTTe’s candy-colored ballet flats have won fans in Rome and Milan, and now it’s Florence’s turn. Entering BallereTTe’s new flagship store, situated ...

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Streetsmart: via del Porcellana

Shabby and short, hardly pretty as porcelain, via del Porcellana appears a forgettable breakoff point from borgo Ognissanti—perhaps it’s a street you hurriedly haul your suitcase down when pressed to ...

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Streetsmart: via San Niccolò

For Lonely Planet and local press, borgo San Frediano is the drive du jour, but we’ve got via San Niccolò on the brain. The lifeblood of a district that’s simultaneously ...

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Streetsmart: via Lorenzo Bartolini

Lorenzo Bartolini was a Neoclassical sculptor who counted Napoleon Bonaparte among his patrons. You’d never know it from his namesake street in San Frediano—a dead-quiet, dusty drive, the kind of ...

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Streetsmart: via Gioberti

A familiar Florentine refrain kept playing as we explored via Gioberti on our latest Streetsmart mission: “It’s not what it once was,” said many a shopkeeper. Chain stores notwithstanding, area ...

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Lulù: colorful, lively, iconic

The Lulù collection, new from Florentine jewelry atelier Fratelli Piccini, is a contemporary cut on the classical costume donned by Harlequin.

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Maledetti Toscani: a revolving door of repeat clients

For all the romantic talk of the Renaissance’s permanent grip on Florence and the unchanging nature of the Florentine “essence,” the historic center sees a revolving door of shops and ...

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Streetsmart: Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti

Besides having the coolest street name this side of the Arno—or perhaps the Atlantic—Sdrucciolo dei Pitti sees its fair share of foot traffic. The street’s unofficial sindaco Renzo Regoli (see ...

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Streetsmart: Borgo San Frediano

*Editorial update, September 2, 2017: Lonely Planet has named borgo San Frediano one of the world’s coolest neighborhoods to explore right now! View the full list here. Via Pisana’s geographic ...

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Conscious kids shopping in Florence

From eco-kidswear purveyors to long-treasured toymakers, these children’s boutiques seamlessly balance modern-day innovation and old-school charm.

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Streetsmart: via il Prato

I’m partial to via il Prato, having had my hair rescued by the team at Tommy’s (17r). It’s an unassuming and underpriced salon, and was seemingly the only place in ...

ART + CULTURE

The ultimate gift guide for Florence lovers

        It’s that time of the year when we start hunting around for gift inspiration, for loved ones here in Florence and (much) farther afield on the ...

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Streetsmart: via dei Serragli part one

Via dei Serragli isn’t flashy: see its subdued colors, its southernmost end reaching Porta Romana and its refreshing lack of ultra-branded, Brooklyn-esque bars. With their curated storefronts and crowded restaurants, ...

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Streetsmart: via dello Sprone

Perennially skipped over for borgo San Jacopo and piazza della Passera, via dello Sprone may be one of Florence’s last semi-kept secrets—even Ditta Artigianale 2.0 sees some downtime. When viewed ...

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Made in Montepulciano: Maledetti Toscani

Florence is famous for its leather goods. Many of us come here hoping to secure an authentic, quality product, but are left bamboozled by the sheer quantity of wares on ...

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Streetsmart: via Marconi

For the past two years, we’ve stayed busy getting Streetsmart in our monthly column of the same name, exploring a mix of under-the-radar and locally legendary spots in central Florence. ...

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Streetsmart: via del Proconsolo

As cynical as it may sound, for many Florence residents, dodging is the name of the game when crossing piazza del Duomo: avoiding eye contact with portrait painters, weaving around ...

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Streetsmart: via dei Servi

Flanked by Santissima Annunziata and a straight-on view of Brunelleschi’s dome, via dei Servi isn’t exactly “off the beaten path.” But the imported leather and souvenir stands lining many of ...

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