Italy vs. the tourists; Alexandra Korey; The Florentine

Italy – Historic Centre of Florence

People have been complaining about “the tourists” in Florence for at least a century, but crowds and their behaviour keep getting worse, not better. This year, city administrations are taking action. But is there any way to reverse the trend?


November may be rainy here, but it’s a fast walker’s paradise. The streets, devoid of tourists, take back their medieval aura, ringing with the sounds of neighbours exchanging greetings across time-worn windowsills and the clanking of the coffee machine and its cups at the local bar. This is the Florence I fell in love with, and I renew my vows with it each year.


Then Easter rolls around and the city once again plays host to millions of people.

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