Florence’s Empty Streets & Survival Guide

The effects of mass tourism on downtown Florence is especially evident in light of the COVID-19 lockdown: significantly fewer permanent residents also thanks to a predominance of private rentals, Airbnbs, residences and hotels. There are less residents out and about even doing grocery shopping in the historic center, those who do so are walking around, masked, for the most part before lunchtime.  Florentines are known to take their dogs out for a walk [...]

‘Oltrarno su Misura,’ Florence Neighorhood Guide

‘Oltrarno Su Misura,’ a newly published guide and App available on Apple and Android has just landed in Florence. The guide written in Italian and translated into English will take tourists as well as Florentines through the area known as the Oltrarno, located just beyond Ponte Vecchio. The neighbourhood, deemed by Lonely Planet (travel guide publisher) as one of the coolest in the world, will encompass the districts of San Frediano, Porta Romana, [...]

A Great Place for Lunch

Verdi Pino Salumeria Verdi (Pino’s Sandwiches)

Salumeria Verdi (Pino’s Sandwiches) via Verdi 36 055/244517 Open 8:30 am – 8 pm; closed Sunday When one thinks of Florence, two things come to mind most often: art and food; however, these two are often one and the same. Few recognize this better than Pino Palmiero and his wife Antonella, the proprietors of Salumeria Verdi, also known as “Pino’s Sandwiches.”  The deli is always abuzz with hungry students and locals who stop [...]