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The Voyage of Pontormo’s Visitation: a Cry for Help

The first time I heard of Carmignano was through its wine, because hey, you know me. Carmignano DOCG is a good Tuscan red wine that you quite often find in trattorias as it pairs well with typical Tuscan meat dishes, dishes like rich and hearty peposo, or bistecca cooked over a wood fire, and of course beautifully laid out cured meats, something I certainly can never resist. My stomach also led me to discover this town near Prato, about 40 minutes…

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

Dear Summer,       You’ve been good to us so far, and for that I am thankful. After last year’s lucifer heatwave, we who live in Florence have had the audacity to let’s say… complain less, or at least less about the weather, and maybe the tram because one is now in use..but speaking of trams what about the other… oh never mind. Anyway, this week you decided to up your game with 36-38 degree weather (that’s around 100 in farenheight)…

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

Summer, you’ve finally arrived. The first day of July rolled in the same day as a heatwave in Florence, no-one is complaining because we all remember the “summer of lucifer” (last year) and it’s July after all. I ended this June on admittedly a stressful note, too many projects and fires at work to put out combined with that email from my commercialista with the first tax-bill for 2018 (trust me, being a freelancer here is not fun)… To battle my dumpy mood…

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Festa di San Giovanni: Celebrating The Patron Saint of Florence

There’s always been a bit of a magical air surrounding the month of June in Florence. May can be drastic in its weather variations, cold one moment, raining o uncomfortably warm. June however marks the welcome arrival of summer on the 21st, summer solstice combined with long days as a convivial spirit prevails before the exodus of people come mid-July through the beginning of September. June is the birthday month of the city’s patron saint of San Giovanni Battista (St. John…

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

I admit my tardiness in getting this personal list of interesting June events around Florence, but I have a good excuse. Life has gotten in the way, work has doubled and coincidentally the blog getting a bit less love but that won’t last long. However despite the fact that June has bull-dozed its way into existence, I am cool with that. The weather is beautiful, so much better than last year at the same time, we have yet to resume our “two-a-days” (not…

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