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How (Not) To Learn Another Language As An Adult

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A while back I was reading somewhere online (ok Forbes) that Less than 20 percent of American adults speak a language other than English. It piqued my interest because as a second language speaker in Italy I thought what about Europe? In The Guardian apparently just over half of Europeans (54%) are able to hold a conversation in at least one additional language, which is pretty impressive considering so many university and high school classes in Italy focalize on a more  theory-based curriculum. It got…

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Locals I Love: Shannon Quinn Fioravanti


  It’s funny how you can live in a city for almost 10 years and have a variety of friendships that span that timeframe. I think it has something to do with living in a place that is a bit transient at times. Of course I am not referring to the Italian community, even though plenty of people come from all over Italy to work in Florence too, but more our international group of friends. People come here, are passionate about…

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September 2016 Events in Florence, Italy

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September always remains one of my truly favorite months. It represents Italy’s rich harvest period, a time of abundance or the hope of one during a country’s rich agricultural past. The cities swell with returning Italians, bronzed and relaxed after a week or three on the seaside. Kids ready for school, the buses filling up again. There’s a poignant energy that comes with the arrival of this month and to complete the pretty picture, you can bet your bottom dollar…

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How to discover Florence, Italy without the crowds


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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Leather With A Heart in Florence

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“Problems are invented, only a pessimistic person sees obstacles, if you want to make something in life, you find a solution, it’s not really that hard”. These very true words come from the affable Ben, boasting a style I would dare say looks a bit like Lenny Kravitz. He exudes a confidence that is quite electric, and I had the extreme pleasure of sitting down for a chat recently in one of his leather shops on via camaldoli that he…

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Locals I Love: Clara Soto


  First off, Happy ‘Festa della Repubblica’! It’s an important national holiday in Italy celebrating the birth of the republic and this week I’m absolutely thrilled to share this wonderful interview with a local designer who I have been so eager to share for some time. Clara originally hails from the country of Ecuador in South America but refers to herself more as a ‘child of the world.’ I knew I was going to like this girl  We originally met…

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