Discovering Arezzo

Living in a homestay with an Italian family is probably one of my favorite things about studying abroad. Food and homeyness aside, it’s surprisingly given me the opportunity to travel to places I know I would never had gone on my own. Arezzo, a beautiful little city just an hour away from Florence, is one […]

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5 Reasons to Take a Ski Day at Abetone

When you tell someone you are skiing in Italy the immediate response is “have fun in the Alps!” Few people know of the skiing opportunities in Tuscany that are just around the corner from Florence. 1.Proximity A short two hour bus ride makes a day trip to Abetone much easier than a trip up North […]

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The Best Gelato I’ve Ever Had: San Gimignano

This weekend, on a day trip to Pisa, Sienna, and San Gimignano, I was lucky enough to consume the best gelato I have ever tasted (and after working in a gelato shop and living in Italy, I have tasted a lot of gelato!). After snapping a few photos with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we drove through […]

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How To Drink Wine Like a Pro in Italy

Contributing Writer: Alyssa Gregory Italy is full of breathtaking paradises; but, I would have to say my favorites are the Chianti vineyards. I can’t quite decide if it’s the peaceful scenery that makes them magical or if it’s the wine that is so generously poured. Secluded away from cities, things slow down even more than […]

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FlorenceForFun in Siena

FlorenceForFun Photo of the Week: Palio di Siena

Which Contrada will you choose to support at the Palio di Siena? Onda, Nicchio, Drago? FlorenceForFun girls getting into the spirit of the Palio! To submit your favorite travel photo for the FlorenceForFun photo of the week, send it to booking@florenceforfun.org with a description of where you were and what you were doing. Each week […]

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The Contradas of August 16th’s Palio di Siena

The final race for the Palio di Siena will be run this Thursday, August 16th. This white-knuckle horse race happens twice a year, where competing contradas, or sections of the city, will race for the honor of winning the banner of Siena, and bragging rights for the year. Let’s meet this year’s competitors:  Contrada  Horse […]

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FlorenceForFun Hiking and Wine Tasting Tour in Chianti

FlorenceForFun Photo of the Week: Chianti

Drinking wine obviously makes these girls happy!!! To submit your favorite travel photo for the FlorenceForFun photo of the week, send it to booking@florenceforfun.org with a description of where you were and what you were doing. Each week we will choose a photo to post on the FlorenceForFun blog.

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Saturday in Chianti

A nice escape from the busy crowds of Florence, our trip to Chianti showed us the beauty of the Tuscan countryside. Due to the early morning, those who weren’t enjoying the scenery from the bus had a nice nap before arriving in a quaint town in Chianti. Grabbing our cappuccinos and croissants in a local […]

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Pick your Palio team!

Although it’s no Kentucky Derby, the Palio di Siena still tops the list as one of the most famous horse races around. The people of Siena have been cheering on their contradas (town districts) since 1656, back when the first Palio was run in honor of the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary near the […]

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