What do you get when you cross soccer, rugby and Renaissance costumes? Florence’s Calcio Storico, held every year the third week of June! Calcio Storico (Historic Soccer) is Florence’s answer to the more famous Palio horse race of Siena. Both…Read more
Florence Travel – Context Travel Blog
Looking for the latest news, updates, and opinions about Florence travel? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts on making the most of Florence, from our favorite bars to contemporary art galleries. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for making the most of your Florence travel, put together by local journalists, chefs, and artists, and historians, as well as Context staff. From suggestions on how to make the most of the city’s attractions to our favorite spots off the beaten path, we provide an intellectually curious take on Florence travel.
The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.
We stumbled upon this small, country style trattoria one fall evening after a day of touring in Florence. Strategically positioned in a small side street a few minutes walk from either the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, we were happy to…Read more
Finding a restaurant in the center of Florence that doesn’t evoke descriptors such as busy, traditional, or authentic, is rare. So stumbling on this classy little place just a block from the Duomo was quite a find. They forego the…Read more
In late 2003, the high-speed train company, TAV Spa, which for the last ten years (and certainly for the next ten as well) has been building a high-speed train network from Milan to Naples, announced that it had selected the…Read more
Reviving the Frustrating Art of Fresco: A Conversation with Alan Pascuzzi Professor Alan Pascuzzi teaches art and art history at New York University (NYU) in Florence. In addition to drawing and sculpting, Alan works in fresco, the art of painting…Read more