February events in Florence, Italy
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February events in Florence, Italy

I’m taking a break from obsessively gazing at pictures and video of our rising arno river with the rest of Italy to finally get cracking on my February events’ post. This month has surprised me with just how much cool things there are to do including classical music aperitivos, chocolate fair, karaoke night, free film … Continue reading

Locals I Love – meet Gina Baxter
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Locals I Love – meet Gina Baxter

This week’s local I love is Gina Baxter – California girl turned tour guide, study abroad office assistant, waitress extraordinaire. She is a hard worker and a lover of animals, especially now that just got an adorable new {rescue} puppy! I met her a few years ago through my friend Gianna, another local i love … Continue reading

Aperitivo at Hotel Minerva – cocktails & sunsets
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Aperitivo at Hotel Minerva – cocktails & sunsets

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for a beautiful panoramic view of Florence. I am in love with my city and there is no better way to really revel in its marvelousness than by embracing its full glory on one of the many rooftop terraces around town. Last week, I joined my … Continue reading

Tea time in Florence at the Via del Tè
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Tea time in Florence at the Via del Tè

Yep, you guessed it – me and my current love for tea and all of its fine flavors has led me to discover yet another hotspot in the center serving a wonderful selection of tea and goodies that I had to share with you all. The place is called ‘Via del Te” and has been open since 1997 in piazza … Continue reading

Meykadeh bookstore cafe – best soy chai latte in Florence
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Meykadeh bookstore cafe – best soy chai latte in Florence

Traditionally (so I have noticed since living in Florence, Italy since 2007) Italians happen to be more ‘coffee’ people than tea drinkers. We associate this country with bustling cafe bars – elbow to elbow full of people clamoring for their daily shot of espresso, or in my case un bel macchiato. While this is still true, … Continue reading

New Years Eve in Florence, Italy
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New Years Eve in Florence, Italy

If you are anything like me, you too probably think New Year’s Eve or Capodanno is a little overblown. Too-expensive, pressure to do something “awesome” often clouds the fact that at the end of the day it really is all about bringing in the new year the way you want to and not how you end … Continue reading

An ode to the 7 euro hot chocolate
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An ode to the 7 euro hot chocolate

T-man decided to take me out for a late-night hot chocolate in Florence, Italy at a cool place I have heard about but never managed to actually find – called Hemingways. Located in the oltrarno, close to Piazza Carmine – this small hipster joint is a chocolateers paradise and ensures that Italians love an after … Continue reading