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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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The words of summer

  Once summer arrives, Italians flock to the beach or mountains-which explains why the city suddenly offers ample parking spaces. You, too, may try to leave the city. But beware ...

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A stecchetto, Dindi, Beccare

A stecchetto: To be on a diet.   Example: ‘La su' moglie lo tiene a stecchetto perchè cià i' colesterolo a mille!'(‘His wife keeps him on a diet because his cholesterol is through the roof!')     Dindi: Money. This word is usually used with

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Enjoy Florence!

TF has decided to republish the following articles from our online archive to help you enjoy the best of summer in the city and beyond. Back by popular demand, these articles highlight the best places to cool down in the city and environs, where to find a traditional meal alfresco

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The Tango Touch

Embrace the heat of the summer night: kick up your heels in a passionate tango al fresco. Florence abounds with open-air tango events all summer long, and it is not uncommon to catch a improvised milonga under the porticos in piazza Repubblica or at piazzale Michelangelo. If you haven'

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Live the river

‘It’s easy to notice, especially in Italy, that there is a patron saint of pretty much everything. In times of doubt you can take your pick of any number of ...

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TF Staff’s Summer Picks

Drink a cocktail, head to the country, enjoy a meal, lounge on a beach or poolside... TF style!   For our last print issue before summer vacation, The Florentine staff shares their personal picks for enjoying Florence and Tuscany over the summer months. Here you'll find our favorite places

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Lounge By The Lake

Just beyond Florence are watery oases, places for summer fun that every member of the family can enjoy. For more information on nearby lakes, Tuscan beaches and parks and gardens in Florence, see TF 106 at www.theflorentine.net   Outdoor action Summer fun for children and adults   Long

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Alfresco Dining

  Wondering how to stay cool while enjoying a great Florentine dinner? There is only one answer: stay outside and away from the steaming indoor ovens. There are plenty of ...

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TUSCAN BEACHES

One of the best things about Florence in August is its proximity to Tuscany's beaches, which offer a unique and varied combination of sandy beaches and shaded alpine woods, as well as venues for sport and fun in the sun and a roaring party scene that can easily rival

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Summer in Florence for kids!

Florence, like any inland Italian city, is hot and sticky in the summer, and the usual fun activities for kids visiting with their families-like climbing the cupola, making their way up to Piazzale Michelangelo to survey the city from high-are out of the question in the midday heat.

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Be a TOURIST in your own town

The refrain is becoming increasingly familiar: ‘We're staying in Florence during August this year; it's like having two vacations!' There is no doubt that more and more residents are choosing to go on holiday in June, July or even September, rather than August, as tradition has typically

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‘Something wicked this way comes’

As daylight wanes over Florence, the divide between man and fate collide in this summer's performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The study of murder, greed, and deception will be played out in the former execution grounds of the Bargello Museum.   ‘Florence English Speaking Theatrical Artists (F.E.

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NYU The Season, ART in the garden

Sticky hot summers in Florence are often' equated with crowds of people and endless lines. However, an escape does exist beyond the humid city center. Away from the crowded streets, nestled in the hills of via Bolognese we find Villa La Pietra, a reminder that Florence's heart-rending beauty

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Picnicking at Pratolino

Are the camera flashes at the Duomo and sea of tourists sneaking photos of the David making your head spin? Are you looking for an escape from ‘il centro'? Look no further. Destination: Pratolino Park.   Pratolino Park offers a magnificent getaway from the sights and sounds of Florence.

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WATERSIDE: POOLS

For those who are not able to escape to the Tuscan coast or to the Tuscan hills, don't fret. Florence has a plethora of pubic and private swimming pools, offering the summer urbanite an aquatic paradise. Whether for a quick afternoon dip or a daylong bout of poolside relaxation,

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ALFRESCO DINING & BARS

  CASA DEL VIN SANTO via Porta Rossa, 15r – 055/216995 The tables are placed right smack in the middle of the street and not only do you sit and ...

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ACTIVE

CYCLING TOURS Bicycling around Florence is a unique experience that will allow you to discover Renaissance Florence from a different perspective and help you keep fit and have fun at ...

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SEASIDE: NEAREST BEACHES

Perhaps one of the best things about Florence in August is its proximity to the beach. The Versilia coastline, running from Massa Carrara to the north and Lago Massaciuccoli to the south, is a unique combination of sandy beaches and shaded alpine woods. Nightlife is abundant as seaside discos and

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SUMMER SCHOOL

What better to enjoy the summer in Florence than expanding your mind and furthering your knowledge of that which surrounds you: learn more about Florentine art, culture and cuisine while practising the Italian language's challenging congiuntivo. Short or long or weeks long summer courses held in Florence and Tuscany

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PARKS & GARDENS

August in Florence conjures up visions of a city broiling in a hot, humid haze. However, we have endeavored to find a few green, cool areas of the city in places where one might find respite from the heat. It goes without saying, though, that one must be in rhythm

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WATERSIDE: LAKES

Riverside   LUNGARNO BEACH Following the example of Paris, London, Rome and Berlin, Florence opened its first beach and bathing area along the banks of the Arno. Located just under the San Niccolò ramp, near Piazza Poggi, the so-called Lungarno Beach is equipped with sand, walking paths, complementary

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YOUR GUIDE to SUMMER FUN

It's summer, and whether you're staying in town or headed to the beach, The Florentine has something for you! We've prepared a special issue that includes the best of everything, from parks to exhibitions, pools, seaside attractions, picnic spots, alfresco fun-and more. Our expanded Events and

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It’s summertime and the living is easy,

The piazza was invented for warm summer evenings, sipping a drink, crossing ones ankles and admiring the strollers-by. Piazza Santo Spirito is one of Florences finest for these purposes, with its lush trees, the majestic curls of Brunelleschis 15th-century church faade, and its Oltrarno location. The Santo Spirito/

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The 15th of August: sacred or profane?

This month, as temperatures peak and air quality plummets, visitors to Florence may find themselves wandering a city nearly void of Italians. Owing to its particular geographical position — lying in a low-level basin between hills — in late summer Florence becomes an intolerably hot and hazy place. Thus,

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