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Two Nights In Monti, Rome’s Perfect Central Neighborhood

On my many return trips to Rome, I’ve been on the hunt to discover it neighborhood and neighborhood. It’s vast size requires that you have somewhat of a plan, the blisters on the bottom of my feet and well-worn boot heels are physical war-wounds from past trips where I would just “walk aimlessly” from A to B. Sounds like the plot to “Roman Holiday” but only if your idea of a vacation comes with multiple trips to the Pharmacy and…

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Leather With A Heart in Florence

“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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June Events in Florence, Italy

As fast as a light switch, May becomes June. It’s as fast as that really. One day I’m thinking “cool, it’s the middle of May” and soon enough the end of the month creeps up and I’m scrambling to finish all that needs to be finished. But that’s also a good time to remember to not overwork yourself, take a little time and turn the computer off and go for a long walk. This what I love about living in…

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Locals I Love: Jennifer Diederich

Sometimes you meet people that you instantly take too, like that perfect first sip of a warm cappuccino. Some people are just meant to be friends. That’s a bit how I feel about Jennifer. Talented designer, extraordinary host (trust me on this!) and an all around awesome person for so many reasons, I just wish I could hang out with her more. She appeared on the American reality show about fashion Project Runway and makes the most beautiful, fun flirty…

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What’s On! March Events In Florence, Italy

Well hello there March, you funny thing you! One part winter, one part spring — the only certainly is plenty of rain so get prepared folks. February has been a wonderful month. I was able to catch up on work and spend some time working on blog posts, like this one in one of my favorite neighborhoods, santo spirito, secret museums in Florence, or one on our adventures wine tasting at a nearby Tuscan castle. This past weekend, I was discovering…

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