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February 2013 events in Florence, Italy

panoramic view florence michelangelo

February is just upon us and according to Phil, the groundhog in Pennsalyvania we will be enjoying an early spring this year, hurrah!  As usual this year started off in a rainy, rather random temperature kind of way. It was warm and rainy, it was freezing, it was going to snow, it was cold again, then warm again. Who really knows anymore. WIthout further ado, here are my February 2013 top list of events in Florence, Italy. TEMPORARY ART EXHIBIT:…

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Viareggio Carnivale 2012, Can you say…amazing?

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After writing about different carnival celebrations in Italy, I knew I had to go to at least one this year that I have never before been to.  Though I live in Florence and it’s a stones throw away from Viareggio, I had never been to it’s famous carnivale celebration. Always choosing to instead hit up the more famous cousin in Venice, I thought why not force t-man to hope on a train and see this parade for ourselves. So very…

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Fun February in Florence, chocolate fair, carnivale, and Valentine’s day deals..

official program

It may be colder than I personally like in bella Firenze but that doesn’t mean that there is a shortage of activities going on around town. Besides the ever famoso carnivale all over Italy, there are many things to do if you would rather stay in Florence, including overdosing on hot chocolate and getting in touch with your “cultural self”. After work last night I happened to wander through the chocolate fair currently going on in Piazza della Repubblica (…

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Budget Travel to Carnival 2012.. yes it IS possible


Lets face it.. visiting  the famous Venice can be quite expensive. For those who live further away  in Italy, getting there can quite easily cost 40 euros one way on Eurostar if not more depending where you are based. Factor it being more likely a day trip and lunch, snacks, vaporetto ( water bus ) trips and you are looking at a  pricey day whether its carnival or not. Do I think its a must see? ABSOLUTELY, carnivale is truly a…

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