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How To Enjoy Florence And Avoid The Crowds – This Time on Forbes!

Just a bit of GirlinFlorence news for you guys on this fine Thursday afternoon. It’s not often that someone consider’s you a “super insider” much less an award-winning publication that has often served as a reference point for your own research. I’m talking about Forbes, yes that Forbes; a magazine I grew up reading with people far more successful than I ever dreamt I could be on the cover and perhaps a few inflated egos. Well, word on the street…

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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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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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