Author Archive: Hannah Hartsig

Hannah Hartsig is a Midwest girl through and through, nursing passions for barbecue, tailgating and Kansas State University. However, after spending a combined two years studying and teaching Art History in Italy, her heart had no choice but to make room for vespa rides, gelato and cobblestone streets. She was lucky enough to call Florence her home, indulge her obsession with Rome on a monthly basis, and explore the country with her partner-in-crime and fellow Sage, Meg Dillon. Meg and Hannah now co-write the blog Florence for Free, revealing secrets to experiencing la vita bella on an empty wallet.

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Learning Leather: The Scuola del Cuoio in Florence

Learning Leather: The Scuola del Cuoio in Florence

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014 |

My experiences in Florence are largely defined by scents. The enticing smell of fresh leather is pervasive in Florence and one of the nostalgic scents that envelopes my memories of the city. Florence Store Front by John Pastorello, on Flickr Creative Commons The leather trade in Florence is a beautiful example of the marriage of […]

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Hidden Treasures Revealed: The Sweetest Sweets and Cafes of Florence

Hidden Treasures Revealed: The Sweetest Sweets and Cafes of Florence

[ 0 ] January 5, 2014 |

Florence is a whirlwind. A beautiful whirlwind, especially for the tourist on a time crunch. So how will you conquer it all? Frequent pitstops at the most charming of Florentine cafés, of course. There is nothing more rejuvenating than a periodic pausa at a local bar for a hot chocolate, pastry or espresso. Whether you are tackling a taunting […]

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Panforte with a Side of Panettone: Eat Like a Florentine this Season

Panforte with a Side of Panettone: Eat Like a Florentine this Season

[ 0 ] December 16, 2013 |

There are few things more magical than strands of twinkle lights strung between Italian strade, and few things more delicious than Florence’s festive eats. So, in attempts to curb my nostalgic benders of scrolling through hours of #florencelights on Instagram, I have decided to focus on eating and cooking my way through the season like […]

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Living in the Shadows: The Stefano Bardini Museum

Living in the Shadows: The Stefano Bardini Museum

[ 0 ] December 7, 2013 |

On your trip to Florence, you should go to the Uffizi, you should go to the Accademia and you should climb the cupola of the Duomo. With a list of shoulds however, your vacation can turn from relaxing to stressful in no time. Not to mention the standard shoulds make every tourist’s to do list, […]

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Florence by Neighborhood

Florence by Neighborhood

[ 0 ] November 15, 2013 |

One week every June, the city of Florence draws lines in the sand. Suddenly the people are no longer Florentines, but Bianchi (Whites from the Santo Spirito quarter), Azzuri (Blues from Santo Croce), Rossi (Red from Santa Maria Novella), and Verdi (Greens from San Giovanni). Throughout the week, the city convenes in Piazza Santa Croce […]

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Relax Like a Chic Local at Caffe’ Enoteca Sant’ Ambrogio

Relax Like a Chic Local at Caffe’ Enoteca Sant’ Ambrogio

[ 0 ] November 5, 2013 |

Piazza Sant’Ambrogio: I stand by my opinion that there is no better place to people watch in all of Florence. The piazza is a perfect blend of locals, curious tourists exploring beyond the center, and smart, quirky 30-somethings most likely unwinding from their  creative-type jobs. And where are they gathering? The Caffe’ Enoteca Sant’ Ambrogio. […]

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Florence Secret Bakeries Deliver Warm Sweets Before Sunrise

Florence Secret Bakeries Deliver Warm Sweets Before Sunrise

[ 0 ] October 18, 2013 |

It’s 2:00 a.m. in Florence. You spent the last five hours feigning fabulous in chic Italian bars, dancing your way through the discoteche, and midnight sightseeing in empty piazze. You can’t imagine the night getting any better. But before you call it a notte, I insist on one last stop. It’s called a secret bakery, […]

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World’s First Pharmacy: The Historical Senses of Santa Maria Novella in Florence

World’s First Pharmacy: The Historical Senses of Santa Maria Novella in Florence

[ 0 ] October 18, 2013 |

With a good map and a keen eye, one can find a small gold placard marking a non-descript large wooden door on Via della Scala. Gently push the door open and wander inside. Inlaid marble floors, towering chandeliers, enchanting aromas, and glass cases teeming with handmade soaps and honeys will have you wondering if you […]

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