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Summer

Seeking summer events? Have a read here for those as well as tips for coping with the heat and how best to spend summer in Florence. From summer hangouts to camps and music festivals, discover how to savour summer in the city. Take a peak at seasonal looks to help you beat the heat and save our line-ups of summer spots that only open for these hot months.

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Where to savour the summer in Florence

Florence sure knows how to do summer. It’s as intrinsic to the city character as knowing how to tie a scarf. Here’s our guide to Florence’s hottest hangouts this summer.  ...

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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

CINEMA/ River to River Florence Indian Film Festival 20th anniversary May 14-15       The River to River Florence Indian Film Festival marks its 20th anniversary with a special ...

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Ferragosto in Florence: what to do

There’s plenty planned for Ferragosto in Florence, the main August 15 holiday.         Free music in the Giardino dell’ArteCultura     Head to the Giardino dell’ArteCultura (via ...

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Ambling this August

Your day-by-day guide to spending the hottest and (usually) quietest month in Florence.         1 Saldi (sales) season is different this year, starting on August 1. Snap ...

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Summer music festivals in Tuscany

It wouldn’t be summer without a marvellous music festival or two. Let spectacular sights and sounds surround you at one of these tuneful events set in the most stunning locations ...

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Best Events in Summer 2020

CHARITY/ Run for Meyer Virtual Challenge July 9-12       Get moving for Meyer! The challenge is to run 5km, whenever and wherever you want, with every step supporting ...

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What to do in August in Florence

August can feel like a slow month in Florence with shops closing and everyone hitting the beach. But if you’re around, seek shelter from the heat at some of these ...

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Thought for food

Leading environmentalists and journalists visited Castello di Potentino, in the Maremma, for an international symposium about food and the environment between June 6 to 11.   The London-based journalism pioneer ...

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How to survive the summer with kids

What do you do when you’re hot, your kids are hot, and things are going to explode into a fiery argument if you don’t cool down pronto? Never fear, solutions ...

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Summer events at Belmond Villa San Michele

  There’s something extraordinary about this hotel on the hill.     Belmond Villa San Michele has an allure all of its own. Vaunting singular views over Florence from its ...

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Summer hotspots in Florence 2019

For music lovers and boogie aficionados, there’s a plethora of spots, old and new, that open during the summer months. Most of these places offer more than just tunes and ...

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Hot town, summer in the city

  “Hot town, summer in the city”: these classic Lovin’ Spoonful lyrics are sure to spring to mind if you’re spending the warmer months in the Tuscan capital. But blazing ...

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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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Signs of the times at the Italian seaside

Not so long ago, the family seaside vacation was a time to relax, unwind and reset, a total detachment from work, regular habits and daily hangouts. It was a switch ...

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Day-by-day ideas for August in Florence

First August in Florence? This is the month of shop closures and “chiuso per ferie” signs as most residents run for the beach. Outdoor cinema and cultural events are still ...

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Theatre, music and entertainment at Petra

For many of us it’s just a given that in summertime, everything is more enjoyable, and it’s even more so when you have green vineyards of the Tuscan coast as ...

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Picnicking in and around Florence

Beaches and bathing suits aside, nothing signals the imminent arrival of summer quite like the art of eating all’aperto. Seeing and being seen dining outdoors – whether hunched over tiny ...

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Estate Fiorentina 2018

Novelist and noted Italophile Henry James famously said that the two most beautiful words in the English language are “summer afternoon”. Today we wonder what he’d have to say about ...

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Summer camps in the Florence area

Read the 2019 article here. 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 ...

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Elba Island: finding paradise off the Tuscan Coast

Elba Island can be what you want: a romantic getaway, a family gathering or a personal vacation da solo.

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Cool for the summer

Summer is in full swing in Florence. The old centre is alive with an atmosphere like no other: yes, strolling around Renaissance buildings and monuments under the Tuscan sun is ...

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Top summer 2017 events in Tuscany

With every Tuscan summer comes the temptation to find a few inches of beach and camp out until the temperatures cool. But don’t get stuck in a sand and sea ...

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Tuscany’s family-friendly beaches

Having lived only in northern climes before moving to Italy, we were beach novices when we touched down in Tuscany one August. After one day in plus-30 temperatures we quickly ...

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Making a splash: swimming pools in Florence

The concrete diving board at Costoli, Florence’s largest outdoor swimming pool, is the real deal. With three levels to jump from, it is a daunting prospect to anyone with sense—like ...

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