Ciao. I’m Georgette, your “Girl in Florence".

I am an American born writer and digital media consultant calling Florence, Italy home now since 11 years. You’ll find me over at Italy Magazine as the content editor where we cover a wide variety of Italy-based features; news, recipes, travel guides, little-known curiosities and property ownership. My social media consultancy business focuses on luxury hotels and creating strategies that stick with small businesses that want to stay current in this ever evolving digital age.

I also work as a freelance writer with bylines in publications such as Luxos Magazine, Lonely Planet, National Geographic “Where the Locals Go” and International Living. This blog has been my happy internet “home” where I share personal finds around Florence and Italy as well as share our experiences living, working and exploring Italy and beyond.

If you are visiting for a short time, visit my pages on where to shop (I focus primarily on artisans, small boutiques and true family businesses), where to stay and what to do, these pages are all updated monthly. You will also find a vast list of restaurant suggestions because around these parts, food is as integral as air. Together with my French husband Nico who also shares a great love for Italy and our Florentine beagle Ginger, our primary goal is to enjoy life through a grand and gluttonous mission to eat, drink and experience as much as possible.

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Curious Florence: Palazzo Vecchio and the Private Lives of Cosimo I and Eleonora

When it comes to tours and art and things you can learn here in Florence, what is personally most fascinating to me are the lives of those who came before. More so, the backstory of an artist, an apprentice, a lover, a powerful family dynasty, that to me is far more interesting than solely gazing at the beauty of all that Florence has to offer. I gobble up historical fiction as quickly as an al pastor taco disappears upon any visit…

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Love and Los Angeles – Finding Joy in a Misunderstood City

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It all started with a birthday surprise. Nico and I were nestled in a restaurant overlooking the island of Sveti Stefan in the country that a certain US president called “aggressive”. It must have been a few off days, but the country of Montenegro remained as chill and pleasant as a summer could. An array of strictly stunning panoramas, sleepy towns and stunning coastline stretching out for miles on end. Paradise in the Balkans and this was last summer’s trip along…

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Visiting Florence this February? Here’s What to Do, Events and My Personal Suggestions

Brrr.. that’s exactly how I would describe the day before February begins. I’m currently huddled at home with Ginger, the snoring beagle, as temperatures dropped this week but it’s obviously nowhere near the “polar vortex” I’ve been reading about around the midwest in the USA or well, Siberia, every year. We had snow flurries this morning that naturally ended as soon as I stepped one booted foot outside our apartment building and I was instead splashed by a speeding car.…

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5 Tips for Making the Most Out of One Day in Florence

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The tickets have been book, your hotel or short-term apartment has been secured, now the hard part comes.. how best to fill your time in Florence? You have no shortage of choices in this Renaissance city the only thing that matters is how to filter in what you actually want to do. This city really does have a lot to offer and not just the usual “see the David, take a photo of the sunset and Ponte Vecchio” kind of…

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Visiting Florence this January? Here’s What to Do, My Personal Suggestions

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2019, here you are again, you sly dog.  This post is predictably late after an 11 hour road trip from Nico’s hometown in the southwest of France to our tiny, yet very busy corner of Florence, Italy. My house is freezing, I have nothing in the fridge except some tahini and old butter and the last thing I want to do is a load of laundry and get back to work. Luckily Ginger the beagle is providing much needed warmth…

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What to Do This December in Florence, Personal Suggestions for a Great Month

December, as you might expect, is chock full of exciting markets, festive cheer, ornate light setups and interesting events (here’s a list for all over Italy). This is why we love it. The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the city are quite busy ones for locals looking to stock up on gifts while also celebrating the year with treasured friends and colleagues. I particularly enjoy being here at this time as the streets are sweetly softened…

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