Win Florence thanks to photos of “Travel and Dialogue for Expo 2015″ is proud partner of an initiative promoted by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation of Florence for the Universal Exhibition held in Milan since last May.

The photo contest “Travel and Dialogue for Expo 2015. Feeding the planet, energy for life” is an opportunity to decline the main theme of EXPO2015 through original photographic works placed on the cultural portal

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Participation is free and open to anyone who would reflect on the themes of education and enhancement of food, environmental and cultural heritage and how landscape and food production are part of the cultural heritage and expression of the place. The photograph that will be voted by users of the community’s photoblog will receive a generous prize consists of:

  • Life Beyond Tourism® AWARD €500,00
  • Publication of the photos in the Magazine of the Community Life Beyond Tourism
  • Certification of results, delivered during the opening ceremony of the exhibition of a selection of photographs in Florence
  • Voucher for two nights for two people in the Pilot Scheme Life Beyond Tourism Hotels (Hotel 4 Stars) spendable throughout 2015

You can upload photos on the page at this link by July 10, 2015, and vote for your favorite until 20 July 2015.

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Have you been in Florence? A pictures of that trip could be the winner.
Always dreamed to visit Florence? This is a good opportunity to try it

‘Human’: an exhibition at Forte Belvedere

Florence is an open-air museum to which we add the heritage preserved in more or less famous museums and galleries. It is not common to have also a particular area as ‘Forte Belvedere’ where organize intense-exhibition in the open. It is one of two forts that offers a view of Florence from above in an atmosphere of unique tranquility.

'Critical mass' A. Gramsley

‘Critical mass’ A. Gramsley

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Knowledge and Food: integration on the table in Florence

The table joins and aggregates , tells the history and traditions of the people and carries a huge economic boost . On this assumptions it was born the project “Knowledge and Flavours in the chair” that supports with great conviction . The students of schools for hospitality of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary meet the Florentine ones and work together for a week.

It is a moment of mutual understanding, to learn new recipes and ingredients in an international environment of cooperation and professional growth. is proud to contribute to the running of the event “Knowledge and Flavours in the chair” given by the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for Tuscany under the Life Beyond Tourism® ethos created by the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco® – Life Beyond Tourism® education with the Assessor of the City of Florence, the Ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary and the International Visegrad Fund.

2013 edition

2013 edition

The final event will be held Friday, 7th of March at 8 pm in the armory of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and it will be open to the public. Students will prepare a dinner consisting of appetizer, first course, main course and dessert with traditional recipes and innovation experiments of their own country. They will look after the service of this tasty buffet that will speak five different languages ​​for a single common table.

We look forward to taste the delicious fruit of this experiment. The proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Italian non-profit organization “Gocce di vita” to support the Professional School “Leila Biagi Dani” activities in Kisoga for the training of women in Uganda.

St.Valentine’s day in Florence: not the same candies!

This year the St.Valentine Day gives to lovers, boyfriends, couples, friends and future brides a good opportunity for a weekend out thanks to the calendar with romanticism and cuddles.

Florence was the cradle of love between Dante and Beatrice and offers the ingredients for the perfect weekend: a rich artistic heritage, an offer of theaters, museums and much varied entertainment , great food, famous wine in the world and then the streets of the historic center, the dome by Brunelleschi , the view from Piazzale Michelangelo and the windows of jewelers in Ponte Vecchio for a “simple” walk.

St. Valentine's day in Florence

St. Valentine’s day in Florence

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Christmas time in Florence: presents at markets

Christmas time for gifts, partying … and flea markets! They came from the Nordic tradition but are now entered in the Christmas events not to be missed in Florence. Excellent destination for shopping and to find more or less traditional Christmas decoration to dress the home for the holidays. It can also become an opportunity to have original products or crafts and to  join a beneficial purchase with an interesting itinerary in the historic centre of Florence.

Christmas market in Santa Croce

Christmas market photo by Alba Beatnoir photo studio

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News from Pisa airport to Florence

Today we talk about a news service of interest to those coming to Florence for tourism and for those who live here.

A large percentage of travelers who move to and from Florence using the nearby airport of Pisa also for the large number of international arrivals and the presence of the major low cost airline Ryanair.

Pisa Airport train station

Pisa Airport train station

By car the distance of 90Km is covered in about an hour’s journey but in our opinion the most comfortable way is a special train called “Regiostar”. It is a no stop regional train that, starting from the Santa Maria Novella station in Florence (passing through the Rifredi station), arrives directly at the airport of Pisa without any change in about 50 minutes .

From the next 8th of December 2013 we will have to do without this great convenience: the train station inside the airport of Pisa will be closed for about two years to complete the People Mover project, a link to the rope to 2km from the railway station of Pisa . The twelve trains planned for this route will arrive in Livorno, with a stop in Pisa centrale station.

People Mover - rendering

People Mover – rendering

To arrive in the Pisa airport we can choice between:

  • the direct shuttle service offered by the companies Terravision and Autostradale departing from the bus stop of the front of the station of Santa Maria Novella
  • a train to Pisa Centrale and then a public bus to the airport.

At this point we are curious to see how it will change the mobility thanks to the People Mover that will bring a breath of fresh air in the Tuscan world of transport.

In the meantime, do not despair will always find a way to get you to Florence!

What to do on Halloween in Florence?

The summer holidays are a faded memory and christmas time is still too far away to be taken into account. In Italy the All Saint’s day on the 1st of November is a national holiday, public offices and schools are closed and this year the calendar gives us a long free weekend at our disposal.

If you have decided that this is the right opportunity to visit Florence (excellent choice!) or if you were in town and you are looking for ideas for your free time, this post on what to do in Florence is for you!

What to do on Halloween  in florence

What to do on Halloween in Florence

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A trip in Florence with good resturants and discounts: is it possible?

Florence has an immense historical and artistic heritage in museums, palaces, galleries. The big names of Italian and international fashion have their shops in the fashion streets in the center of Florence. Lots of small shops displaying unique and quality crafts. What is missing to complete your tour of the beauties of Florence?

T-bone steak and soup

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In Florence with Dante: What to do in 4 moves

Dante and Florence are two of the most important symbols of the Italian culture in the world.
Speaking of Dante in Florence means observe the proud Florentines shown the statue that portrays the great poet in Piazza Santa Croce, stroll the streets of downtown to point you in the small Church of Dante and Beatrice or the large amount of scattered tombstones that recall the deeds and writings.

In order not to miss anything in your travel in Florence on Dante route we point out four things to absolutely do if you are in town or alternatively to prepare for a future Florentine sortie staying at home.

Roberto Benigni "Tutto Dante" in Piazza Santa Croce Photo by Maurizio Degl'Innocenti

Roberto Benigni “Tutto Dante” in Piazza Santa Croce
Photo by Maurizio Degl’Innocenti

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The Medici Villas in 7 stages – 3rd part

An half-day of free time, a car with a full tank of gas, a camera and your search for beauty sensor activated: let’s start …

We complete our itinerary for the Medici Villas started in the previous post: we left Florence in the first part of our itinerary and then we went around Fiesole and up in Mugello area in the second half.

Today we return to low altitude and leave again from the Villa of Cerreto Guidi in Chianti area that houses the ‘Museum of Hunting and territory’.

Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi

Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi

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The Medici Villas in 7 stages – 2nd part

Do you like to to enrich your trip in Florence? This post is for you.

We started a tour to the Medici villas and gardens in Florence that have just entered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can read here. Today it’s time to leave the city to go in search of riches in its beautiful surroundings.

Villa Medicea, Fiesole

Villa Medicea, Fiesole

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The Medici Villas in 7 stages

Are you going for a trip in Florence? We present to you a new itinerary to follow in the footsteps and the history of the Medici family. Why don’t you start with a tour in twelve Medici villas that just recently been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

The villas are concrete proof of the system created by the Medici family that has so strongly influenced the history of Tuscany and the development of all the arts of the Italian Renaissance. This itinerary will let you know the art cities and small villages, wandering through the unique Tuscan countryside and travelling in time to savor the essence of so precious places.
Today we present the first two stages of this tour departing from Florence, and from where else?

First stage

We start from the hills of Arcetri with the Villa Poggio Imperiale, which now houses the lucky classes of an high school and then go down beyond Porta Romana for a stop to the Boboli Gardens.

Villa Poggio Imperiale, Firenze

Villa Poggio Imperiale, Firenze

This wonderful example of Italian garden was created to cheer stays in the Pitti Palace of the Grand Dukes. It is large about 45.000mq and it is enriched by statues, fountains and buildings added over time. Inside is the Porcelain Museum in the Palazzina del Cavaliere with the collections of Peter Leopold and Ferdinand III.

Boboli gardens, Firenze

Boboli Gardens, Firenze

Second stage

We move in the hills on the northside of Florence to arrive in Villa Careggi, one of the oldest of the family villa. Here Lorenzo the Magnificent was born and died and established the headquarters of the Neoplatonic Academy, the major philosophical school of Italian humanism.
We continue north and we stop at Villa Petraia which still retains the tower overlooking the garden with views of Florence. The Villa can be visited free of charge and is not far from the Villa di Castello. This houses the seat of the Accademia della Crusca and offers a beautiful garden with the precious collections of rare plants begun by Cosimo I.

Villa Careggi- Villa di Castello- Villa Petraia, Firenze

Villa Careggi- Villa di Castello- Villa Petraia, Firenze

Choose To make truly unique your trip: you will can  have your accommodation in facilities closer to our stops as a modern Grand Tour. Start choosing for your stay in the area of Porta Romana and then we stop in the neighborhood of Rifredi in the second half.

Enjoy the view of Florence and choose your favorite panoramic point of view because in the next stages we will turn away to explore other villas that springing up the surroundings.

Stay tuned on our news to learn about the route that we have planned for you.

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5 Things to do in Florence on 24th of June

On June  24th, Florence celebrates St. John the Baptist with a very important city holiday. If you have decided to stay or get in town for the occasion, we suggest 5 things to do to enjoy a day of vacation in Florence.

  •  The fireworks show is the traditional way to celebrates the saint patron. It will start at 10pm of the next Monday and it is free for all. So direct your look to Piazzale Michelangelo, from where the  fireworks will started. A striking point of view is that offered by the Santa Trinita bridge, but it is not the only one. We point out on the initiative of the cultural association inZuppa which organizes a picnic with a tablecloth and binoculars on the beach of Lungarno Serristori.Fochi_di_San_Giovanni

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Dan Brown in Florence: the Inferno is here!

Robert Langdon, the character created by Dan Brown, comes to Florence to decipher a mystery linked to Dante Alighieri, after the big successes of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.

The Harvard professor of art history and symbologist meets in the novel “Inferno” the medieval symbolism and places told by Dante in the Divine Comedy. The great italian poet is watching us from the cover of the book and, within a few pages, the plot of the story takes us back to a contemporary Florence that contains within it the richness and mystery of destinations so appreciated from travellers from all over the world.


It is no coincidence that the novel starts from the fourteenth-century bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina and continues over the sights of Florence and it can easily become a great itinerary for the city centre.

We can start from Porta Romana and the nearby Boboli Gardens with the famous Grotta del Buontalenti. We arrive at Pitti Palace, a grand residence of the Medici family, and through the wonderful Vasari Corridor will take you directly in the Palazzo Vecchio.
The Florentine tour of the protagonist stops at the Baptistery of San Giovanni, but for a good itinerary in the Dante atmosphere we recommend you the Museo Casa di Dante, the nearby Church of Dante and Beatrice, and of course Piazza Santa Croce.


For readers of his novels and for fans of stories set in Florence there are two events to mark on your calendar with Dan Brown:

  • Wednesday, June 5th the presentation of the book to the Sala dei Gigli in the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Thursday, June 6th at 6.30pm at the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in the program of the event “Repubblica delle Idee” with Vittorio Zucconi, an italian journalist

The hell has never been so glamorous as in Florence!

Vivafirenze flies with Skyscanner

Today we are happy to present the new collaboration between VivaFirenze and Skyscanner.

Surely you already know, but in case you don’t, Skyscanner is the leading company in airline tickets finding. The aim of our collaboration is to promote a more sustainable tourism in Florence.


In its section “news and flights to Florence“, Skyscanner talks about the project Vivafirenze and devotes a love box to our portal for those seeking an hotel in Florence. In turn, we are pleased to introduce you to their Mobile App that, with more than 20 million users, and available in 28 languages​​, is already a success.

The application allows travelers with smartphones and tablets to search and compare all the flights from all airlines. What makes the Skyscanner app so popular is the easy of use combined with the possibility to customize the request (based on departure time, price and duration of the trip).

Personally we love the possibility to search flights from one destination to ‘Everywhere’: this way you can see all the flights from an airport to any destination, sorted by price.

Apps are available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and BlackBerry.

So the mobile phone becomes an easy-to-use and powerfull tool for planning your trip, and this App will definitely help you to make it easier to organize your movements.

And if your next stop is Florence remember to book your hotel on ;-)

If you don’t have it already here is where to download the Skyscanner App.

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Florence for sport lovers

Florence has many attractions for travellers: the artistic heritage, the beautiful surroundings of the Chianti and Mugello, cultural initiatives, and the rich range of museums and the tasty food and wine. You should add to your journey an international sport event: if you are a fan of a particular sport or an athlete, you will easily combine your passions  in Florence on the occasion of one of the next sporting events.

In the coming months there will be opportunities in Florence for fans of different sports to make your stay in Florence even more unique.

deejay ten Firenze 2013

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