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What to Expect When You Visit Florence in Winter

It almost doesn’t feel cold enough to write about winter in a blog post since this November in Florence has been a sort of freakishly warm. And despite this weekend’s horrific tragedy in Paris and Beirut (and I thank many of you blog supporters who asked about Nico’s family – they are all safe thank you), I really hope that people aren’t scared to travel to Europe. The colder months are actually a fantastic period to visit Italy, while you…

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FAQ On Working And Salaries in Italy That I Get On The Blog

No-one comes to Italy to make money, you come here because you like the lifestyle. And without sounding like a ‘I drank the juice cliche’ life in Italy is extremely appealing on so many levels — I am not benign to the benefits of living in a European country that typically has decent weather and where the average citizen actually knows which fruit and vegetables are in season (truth). We probably don’t help the situation by posting pretty pictures on…

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Why Being Furbo in Italy Is Anything But Cool

This week, my beloved crew of COSI bloggers are back this Friday with a topic that is pretty relevant to us all. In the unfortunate sense, it’s not pretty beaches, slow food or simple town life in Italy, but it’s basically how we have all been affected by various acts of ‘furbizia’ (craftiness), or the feeling of being ripped off or conned. It is not unique to Italy, it can happen anywhere or anytime, but since this is where we…

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5 Tips On How To Visit Italy This Summer and Not Kill Someone

Lately my inbox has been inundated with people asking for advice on traveling to Italy this summer. I almost always respond, as long as they are not asking me to write a bespoke two-week itinerary in my ‘spare time’ (otherwise if that is what they need, they can find me here). However, If I can give someone advice or tips firsthand it is my pleasure, and heck why I started this blog in the first place. I try to compile…

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Real or Fake? Shop Smart in Italy

‘Shop small-mart not walmart’ is a life quote I (try) to live by. While it’s completely tempting to go for those deep discounts, what matters more is who you actually are giving your money too. It’s not always possible, but I think doing that extra bit of research to find a local place that adheres to a higher standard and treats their employees well, is a pretty damn cool thing to do. Living in Italy, people would like to think…

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When Your Love Story is Best Answered ‘It’s Complicated’

Sometimes when people ask me about my love story, I’m tempted to lie. To say yes, I came here and fell in love and that’s it. The fairy-tale everyone wants to hear. You know what I’m talking about. Girl visits Italy, is enamored by the history/beauty meets local boy, falls in love over gelato outings and shy kisses on Piazzale Michelangelo before starting on a new life together in the country of amore. Sunday dinners with the family, bonding over…

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