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New Angela Caputi collection

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of Florence as the former capital of Italy (1865–70), jewellery designer Angela Caputi pays tribute to the Baptistery as the city’s religious, cultural and ...

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Streetsmart: via Nazionale

Via Nazionale is a major thoroughfare, with all the noisy traffic and scummy sidewalks that such a designation entails. Blinded by the quainter quarters of bella Firenze, it’s easy to overlook ...

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Streetsmart: via del Parione

Via del Parione is classic Florentine eye candy: think colorful storefronts, guidebook-glorified eateries and camera-ready shop owners taking smoke breaks on the sidewalk. It’s acquired an increasingly international feel, but ...

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Finding the perfect leather jacket in Florence

The perfect Florentine leather jacket is more than just a piece of clothing you’ll have forever: it’s a power statement. When you wear it, you feel like you can conquer ...

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Streetsmart: via Sant’Antonino

An unfortunate Florentine truth: the fixed menus, faux leather and overly friendly vendors of San Lorenzo prompt some to steer clear of this vibrant neighborhood. But amid a sprinkling of ...

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Streetsmart: Borgo Pinti

Borgo Pinti is a special brand of Florentine street: far enough from the frenzied pace of pieno centro to feel like a members-only walkway

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Streetsmart: via de’ Neri

Bordered by via de’ Benci and a clear-cut path to piazza della Signoria, via de’ Neri is not exactly ‘off the beaten track.’ Its TripAdvisor fame precedes it, with household-name ...

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Streetsmart: via dei Federighi

Forgive the Robert Frost reference, but via dei Federighi just may be Florence’s proverbial road less traveled. Connecting via della vigna Nuova with via della Spada, this forgotten street has a number of funky and fashionable shops guaranteed to bring out your inner ‘kid in a candy

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Streetsmart: Via dei Banchi

Being a savvy sightseer in Florence is all about being ‘streetsmart’—taking note of the shops, sounds, scents and smiles that add atmosphere to a given area and lend a street its spirit.  Bridging piazza Santa Maria Novella with via Cerretani, via dei Banchi isn’

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New Kid hosts an Open Studio sale

  New Kid, an unusual and creative footwear and accessories label based in Florence, will open its Oltrarno studio on Friday, November 27 from 10am–10pm. The Open Studio day will ...

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Streetsmart: Piazza Tasso

Piazza Tasso wears many hats: family park, foodie haven, nightlife hub. Though it’s often glossed over in favor of glitzier Oltrarno hangouts, this vibrant slice of San Frediano paints a full portrait of Florentine life. Sit on the benches for just a few minutes and you’re

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Blu Knight: a world of design by the Arno

With the tagline ‘Headquartered in Florence | Global in Mind,’ Blu Knight offers handcrafted furniture, details, lighting and other interior design elements for residences and corporate properties in its new ...

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Streetsmart: via dei Conti

photos by Marco Badiani except where indicated Sandwiched between the San Lorenzo chaos and the daunting drivers of via de’ Cerretani sits a wide-open walkway that feels like a Florentine anomaly. A concrete oasis at the crux of two crowded areas, the cool, calm via dei Conti is

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Bookshop cafes in Florence

Lingering over a book and a cup of coffee, and maybe even a conversation, is a pleasure shared by many. Around the world, making it possible for customers to browse ...

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Streetsmart: via della Spada

With its vicinity to via della Vigna Nuova and via Tornabuoni, via della Spada is often short-shrifted on strolls through downtown Florence. Butcher shops and foodie favorites stand alongside high-fashion hangouts and children's stores. Opulent palazzi and flagship boutiques are its neighbors' trademarks, but via

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Streetsmart: via Maggio

Being a savvy sightseer in Florence is all about being ‘streetsmart’—taking note of the shops, sounds, scents and smiles that add atmosphere to a given area and lend a street its spirit.  Crossing ponte Santa Trinita and veering onto via Maggio can feel like little

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The lost libreria

While out and about on our most recent Streetsmart mission, TF director Marco Badiani and I landed in a literary paradise. Most local bibliophiles already have this libreria (via Ginori ...

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Streetsmart: via San Gallo

Many of us who hail from abroad love waxing poetic about Florence’s maze-like side streets, forgotten vicoli and hidden squares. With our weakness for small-scale Florence’s charms, we risk overlooking ...

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Vintage and thrift shopping in Florence

For those who enjoy the hunt for the perfect garment or accessory, Florence’s many vintage and thrift shops offer plenty of opportunities for adventure. However, there’s one factor to consider ...

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Streetsmart: Borgo La Croce

Being a savvy sightseer in Florence is all about being ‘streetsmart’—taking note of the shops, sounds, scents and smiles that add atmosphere to a given area and lend a street ...

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Streetsmart: via Romana

Being a savvy sightseer in Florence is all about being ‘streetsmart’—taking note of the shops, sounds, scents and smiles that add atmosphere to a given area and lend a street its spirit. Right now, the Oltrarno is the place to be and via Romana is at

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