New App Helps Travelers with Luggage

A new app that allows travelers to book a porter has come to Rome’s Termini Station and will soon be coming to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella. It costs between €6–8 to book a porter to help carry luggage across crowded platforms, notorious as sites of luggage theft. The porters currently wear bright yellow jackets with …

New Apple Store to Open Soon

A new Apple Store is due to open in December in Piazza della Repubblica, with an inauguration expected before Christmas. The new mega store will be located in the former BNL bank building and comprise five levels. Apple’s arrival in Piazza della Repubblica has been some years in the making; in 2012 then-mayor Matteo Renzi …

New Archaeological Site Uncovers City’s Ancient Urban Fabric

A new archaeological site revealing Florence’s ancient Roman and early Christian heritage together with the history of the Duomo has opened to the public. On display at Santa Reparata, the exhibition traces the city’s history from the Roman city of Florentia in the first century AD through to the fourteenth century, covering the Duomo’s origins …

Pedestrianization Continues

  Pedestrianization of the city continues with plans for both Oltrarno and Piazzale Michelangelo to be car-free in 2015.         Piazza del Carmine’s famous carpark will be reduced to the piazza’s perimeter by January 12, clearing the center for use by pedestrians. City officials anticipate that the piazza will already be more pedestrian-friendly in …

Sistine Chapel Shines Anew in 3D

A dazzling newly lit Sistine Chapel is shining after three years of preparations. The innovations enable the frescoes to survive the rigors of mass tourism, as the Vatican seeks to reduce the number of visitors to the chapel and the time of each visit.   “Visitors to the Vatican Museums are going to be offered …

Changing Cityscape

Lucy David   Florence’s urban fabric is taking new form as pedestrianization plans for the Oltrarno district come into force and the city’s ancient heritage is unearthed with the opening of two archaeological sites.   Mayor Dario Nardella recently announced a €5 million renovation plan for the Oltrarno, beginning with the pedestrianization of Piazza del …