Florence may be “the Renaissance city,” but anyone who lives here or visits frequently will tell you that, while some things stay the same, every year presents a few worthy new openings and exciting new things to do – and some don’t have anything to do with Renaissance art! The past few years there have been more new museum openings than in the whole time I’ve lived in Italy; this is also a time of major turnover for restaurants, creating ferment on the culinary scene. Add to this the revisiting of a few perennial favourites appreciated even by residents and you’re never at a loss for activities in Florence.

If you’re a seasoned Italy-lover, this list is for you: my shortlist of 17 new and noteworthy must-dos for 2017. But this is also for you, the traveler who researches to find the best local advice before getting on the plane, who’s wondering what to do in Florence. It’s a mix of art museums, experiences and food. Enjoy – and let me know what you like best!

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