Piazza del Duomo

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  The true heart of florence is Piazza del Duomo, home to the the Duomo, Baptistery, and many other historic places in florence like Loggia del Bigallo, Opera del Duomo Museum and the Arcivescovile and Canonici’s palace. Santa Maria del

Thanksgiving Day in Florence

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  Due to the large amount of American expats and students living in Florence, Thanksgiving day is celebrated minimally. Community members in Florence often gather and hold traditional Thanksgiving meals. In 2010, the Tuscan-American association held a dinner for over

Markets in Florence and Tuscany

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With an assortment of different Florentine food markets to choose from throughout the city, there are many opportunities to learn about the culinary traditions of Tuscan Cuisine. It is Tuscan tradition to use only fresh, high quality ingredients in everything

A Guide to Train Travel in Florence

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Traveling to and from Florence by train is very common and simple. The Santa Maria Novella Train Station opened in 1848 but was rebuilt in 1934. This station, used by over 50 million people a year, is located close to the

San Lorenzo Market: Testing the Quality of Leather

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Piazza San Lorenzo is lined with vendors selling  leather goods, scarves and other souvenirs. A visit in Florence is not complete without at least a walk through the market. While it may often be packed with tourists, the market is

San Miniato al Monte

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The church of San Miniato al Monte is often described as one of the finest examples of Romanesque churches in all of Italy. With a famous façade, historical setting, and spectacular views it’s difficult to disagree. The basilica San Miniato al

LdM Event Planning- Exploring Florence

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Students from the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute were tasked to organize an event. The class decided to explore Florence. Professor of the class talks about how even though the event might seem small, and the students are rookies at planning

Work in the City: Calligrapher Betty Soldi

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Calligrapher and Graphic Designer Betty Soldi was born in Florence, but aged 6 moved to UK, where she stayed until four years ago, when she returned to Florence. She now has two shops in the city centre. LdM News and

Surviving Your First Week in Italy

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How do you make it through that first week in your new foreign home?

Florence Street Art: the Madonnari

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Art that is literally on the ground you’re walking on