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Only Time Will Tell: The Ponte Vecchio Sundial

Main image credit: By © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19101252 Head to the Ponte Vecchio on most days and expect to cross the city’s most ancient enchanting bridge with throngs of other travelers window-shopping and photographing the view from one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Up until the 13th century, crossing the Ponte Vecchio was really the only way to cross the city a city that was ever growing until the population halved during the black plague. The bridge was completely…

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24 Hours In Taxco, A Pueblo Mágico in Mexico

Has anyone told you about the buses in Mexico? They’re amazing.  Far from the scary “Greyhound” bus tales of my youth in America, buses here are nothing of that sort and often feature business-class type luxuries. The bus stations are clean, functional and well-organized. We checked our bags as if at an airport and were given water and a snack for our easy journey. For our two-week Mexico trip we booked several rides, and from Mexico City for the shortest…

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5 Reasons Bologna Makes The Perfect Day Trip From Florence

When it comes to “where you can you visit while using Florence as a base” nothing comes more to mind than the city of Bologna, capital of Emilia-Romagna. A quick and pleasant 35 minute journey by fast train from Santa Maria Novella will have you up there quicker than you can say “mortadella” and maybe an hour from that time, you’ll be able to eat some in one of the city’s gastronomic hotspots because this place well known for its…

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Getting to know Nelli, Florence’s First Woman Artist

One of the things I love about Florence is the many creative people – and especially creative women – that I meet. You’ve “met” a lot of them through my series “locals I love” – people like jewelry artisan Martina Lončar, artist Elizabeth Orchard, wine club creator Shannon Quinn Fioravanti, and local tour guide (and a good friend) Alexandra Lawrence. If today’s Florence is full of creative women, what about the Florence of the past? The “Renaissance city” is known for its excellence…

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Teatro della Pergola: The Oldest Working Theatre & Opera House in Florence

The first time I’ve ever stepped foot in Teatro della Pergola is when I was a 21 year old study abroad student, sent here by my school to watch La Mandragora (the Mandrake) a satirical play by Italian Renaissance philosopher by Niccolò Machiavelli. At the time, I was studying political science, a rather random degree to pursue in a country in the throws of Berlusconism, or rather perhaps this was a brilliant coincidence. Why, well when it came to Machiavelli, he was also the author of The Prince a…

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Why Winter Is The Best Time To Visit San Gimignano

Ask anyone their favorite place in Tuscany and without a doubt you’ll hear the hilltop Italian town of San Gimignano pretty high up on the list. Unique, it is. Its 13th century walls hold a wild berth of stories, walk along them and you’ll be treated to breath-taking views of the valley below encircling it’s charming medieval alleys.   It doesn’t really surprise me that it has all of the components for a Tuscany “wow” factor. That being said, I’ve…

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