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How to discover Florence, Italy without the crowds

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Not really gonna happen, sorry.   And yes, while the headline is completely misleading, this post has a point.   I wrote it after having a recent conversation with some people I met in Florence. They liked the food but hated the crowds, with one of them saying “too touristy.” While I considered that truth, I was also physically reminded that I was in front of someone who wasn’t entirely aware that they too were a tourist. They were in…

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Staying In A 13th Century Monastery in Prague

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There are hotels, then there are incredible places to stay, brimming with history through its sturdy stone walls. A place that tugs at the most curious strings of your soul, wondering “who else passed through these hallways.” The Augustine Hotel is exactly that, a monastery and luxury hotel blended together and nestled comfortably in the beautiful red-tiled Mala Strana district of Prague.   For first-timers to the city like us, the location was absolutely ideal. An easy 8 minute walk from Charles Bridge,…

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Locals I Love: Tommaso Olivieri

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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted a new locals I love, not because I’ve ran out of inspiration (this is a forever project) but mostly due to the fact I’ve decided to stop harassing my friends to pick their brains during the hottest season of the year. Luckily Tommaso, the very cool other half of my one of great friends Alexandra Korey, agreed to be my victim interviewee. I can’t remember when we actually met, however I consider…

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August Events In Florence, Italy

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Back again we are, in the “vacation month” that is August in Italy. You might have already noticed less cars struggling to park on any given city surface, whole piazzas void of people and small shops shuttered until September. Yes, it can be bewildering for some who  might not be aware of so many closures but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth coming to the city anyway. Yesterday, Nico and I headed to one of the prettiest parks just outside…

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Discovering The Artisans Of Fabriano With Italian Stories

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I don’t produce paper I give shape to desires To precious materials Add passion and love And an alchemy emerges Material and Immaterial join. It is not paper, it is the essence of the dream These are the words or rather the poetry of Sandro Tiberi, master paper artisan based in the tiny town of Fabriano, nestled in one of my favorite region in Italy, the mysterious Le Marche. As I walked inside his pretty workshop, more like an art…

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Fratelli Peruzzi: The Silver Makers Of Florence

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When most people think of the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, mentally they transform into one of those most iconic of Italian locations. An ancient medieval bridge spanning two sides of a city, its arches gleaming in both the morning’s earliest lights and glowing in the nightly sunsets. The stores are historically known to sell gold, as it was famously said that the Medici Family’s creation of the Vasari Corridor spelled the end for the former residents of…

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