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Made in Italy: Top Gifts from Tuscany For the Holidays

It’s that time of year again when I try to stop procrastinating and get my holiday shopping done in advance before the stress of the holidays truly kicks in. Our plans this year are to head to Los Angeles for a quick five-day trip to celebrate the marriage of one of my best friends before heading back to Europe to spend Christmas with Nico’s family in France. Truth be told I actually hate shopping, for the most part, because I feel…

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November Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Fear not November’s challenge bold— We’ve books and friends, And hearths that never can grow cold: These make amends! ~Alexander L. Fraser (1870–1954), “November,” c.1918 What would a year be without a November? Typically reviled and scorned as one of Italy’s more depressing months due to its short, dark days and plenty of rain, I see it a little different. It’s a month where I typically dive into cooking warm, comforting meals, catching up on work and half-read novels and…

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Typical Tuscan Near Porta Romana: Trattoria Ruggero

There are so many new restaurants in Florence that it’s hard to send people recommendations at times. I always ask myself… what is it that people want? Rustic Tuscan? Are they willing to go near Rifredi? Is this place too modern, has it changed ownership? You can understand, me, right? We all have our favorites (here’s my constantly evolving list) and what I’ve realized is that all I just have to stay true to what you actually love, not adhere…

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A Day Trip to Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthplace

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vincior simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance that you most certainly have heard of, and mostly likely also admired. His most famous works speak for themselves, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, and his drawing of Vitruvian Man is the classic representation of the true Renaissance spirit. But what about the man beyond the mystery? After all this…

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What to Do in October 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

For a variety of different reasons, I’d like to forget about the month of September (ok not all of it, after all it is harvest month), although reading articles like this help greatly. I’ll explain more later in a post when the time is right but let’s just say that bring on October and its blissfully cool mornings and sunnier afternoons. It’s the start of the season that I crave like chocolate, this month is the chicken soup for my…

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September 2018 Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Sweet, sweet September, it combines both the “rientro” return of people back to Florence as summer vacation is officially over and the time when kids start school again. It also coincides with grape harvest season and that also means la schiacciata con l’uva (thanks Emiko!), a delicious bread overly-stuffed with juicy grapes that make any rientro that much easier with every bite. The city feels consistently fun but there is also a really nice vibe, a great lead up to my favorite season of…

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