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Getting to know Nelli, Florence’s First Woman Artist

One of the things I love about Florence is the many creative people – and especially creative women – that I meet. You’ve “met” a lot of them through my series “locals I love” – people like jewelry artisan Martina Lončar, artist Elizabeth Orchard, wine club creator Shannon Quinn Fioravanti, and local tour guide (and a good friend) Alexandra Lawrence. If today’s Florence is full of creative women, what about the Florence of the past? The “Renaissance city” is known for its excellence…

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February Events in Florence, Italy

Here we are you sneaky little month of February, arriving as you do with rain showers and a beautiful fog– and for me, a ton of deadlines. I don’t know how I’ve managed to overwhelm myself with work and commitments but as I promised my husband this week, one day I’ll learn. Let’s be honest here, January has been quite the month, both for the world and locally here in Florence. I have a headache from everything that is going on…

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Friends Of Florence: Meet The Foundation Working To Save Florentine Art

There is a great risk to the world of art as we know it. In Italy, funding for cultural preservation has always been a little murky. Just last year the EU pulled over 57 million euros for historical preservation funding form Italy over local mismanagement in Sicily, Calabria and Campania. It’s not just Italy though, the USA seems apt to join the path of undermining the arts which leads to a very uncertain future, though I dearly hope that I am…

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Five Unmissable Experiences in Rome

There never manages to be an end to really beautiful ways to discover the city of Rome, it’s way too big and dynamic for the likes of finality. I’ve been coming pretty regularly of the last four or five years and each time, thanks to the generosity and insight of friends, I am starting to see a completely different side to Italy’s capital city. One with 3,000 years of history that can’t easily be ticked off your average travel bucket…

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Why Winter Is The Best Time To Visit San Gimignano

Ask anyone their favorite place in Tuscany and without a doubt you’ll hear the hilltop Italian town of San Gimignano pretty high up on the list. Unique, it is. Its 13th century walls hold a wild berth of stories, walk along them and you’ll be treated to breath-taking views of the valley below encircling it’s charming medieval alleys.   It doesn’t really surprise me that it has all of the components for a Tuscany “wow” factor. That being said, I’ve…

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Discovering Rome’s Trastevere Neighborhood: A Few Finds

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Rome’s districts until much more recently, at least in any real depth and I probably still don’t. It’s a big city, a place where most people stay in their preferred quarters and with big cities, come big opinions. The last time I visited I stayed for a week, a lot longer than normal (Florence is just an easy hour and forty-five minute train hop to Termini- hence short trips are totally…

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