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Where to Eat in Florence This August

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Tell people you’re traveling to Florence in August and likely you’ll be met with a look reflecting sympathetic derision “oh, you’re staying here, huh?” one might say. For a bewildered foreigner, not accustomed to the traditions of life in southern Europe, this is because August has long been dubbed more or less “vacation month.” Its roots dating back to a time when it truly was too hot to work, with Italian families taking cool refuge in nearby coastal towns. This…

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Torre del Chianti: A Gourmet Affair On An Old Water Tower

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You’d think that with the arrival of summer in Italy, everyone would collapse into a lazy, somewhat more relaxed schedule of sorts. Instead I feel like every other day I’m hearing about a cool new event, a new restaurant opening or exhibition in some area of town. It seems to never end. And frankly, I think it’s awesome. We choose to do more of our longer trips (one week or more) not in July and August because of the price…

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Discovering The Artisans Of Fabriano With Italian Stories

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I don’t produce paper I give shape to desires To precious materials Add passion and love And an alchemy emerges Material and Immaterial join. It is not paper, it is the essence of the dream These are the words or rather the poetry of Sandro Tiberi, master paper artisan based in the tiny town of Fabriano, nestled in one of my favorite region in Italy, the mysterious Le Marche. As I walked inside his pretty workshop, more like an art…

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Fratelli Peruzzi: The Silver Makers Of Florence

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When most people think of the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, mentally they transform into one of those most iconic of Italian locations. An ancient medieval bridge spanning two sides of a city, its arches gleaming in both the morning’s earliest lights and glowing in the nightly sunsets. The stores are historically known to sell gold, as it was famously said that the Medici Family’s creation of the Vasari Corridor spelled the end for the former residents of…

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July Events in Florence, Italy

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I have to admit that these past weeks haven’t exactly been ideal. The world has not been a kind or forgiving place and per a conversation with some girlfriends this week, 2016 has begin with a sucky start. What I can say though, is that I plan on living life as fully as possible and you should too. No matter what idiots do in this world, the best solution is making the most out of life on the daily. July…

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7 Tips For A Stress-Free Road Trip In Tuscany

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For someone who hasn’t owned a car for over 10 years, I sure as hell love a great road trip. It’s part of my DNA as an American. Summers for us were spent piling into any dusty car my dad owned, cranking on the air-conditioning as we made our way to Florida or Arizona, stopping at bizarre roadside attractions such as “the world’s biggest twine ball.” In the absence of anything actually cool to see the middle of nowhere Texas…

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