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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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Women Artists and the 1966 Flood of Florence

While I type, sun slowly filters in my bedroom window. I can see the red terra-cotta tiles of our neighboring palazzi shine in a way that only happens in late October. A slight chill in the air, but still pleasant enough to keep the windows open. It’s really my favorite season in town, and sooner than you know it November will be here. Coming up just next week marks an important event in local history. The 50th anniversary of the…

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Three Unique Ways To Discover Prague For The First Time

Pretty much everyone I personally know who has been to Prague has told me of a city that seems straight out of a postcard. Cobble-stoned streets (that kill your feet), interesting architecture and a vast, somewhat complicated, past. It’s also wildly known as a backpacker mecca, a bit how Chiang Mai is a blogger mecca, the low prices attractive a euro-trip cheap type of adventure.   Honestly I almost avoided going because of that. I didn’t really wanting to be…

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A Charitable Past in Florence: Museo degli Innocenti

Six generations of interrupted charitable work in Italy’s most popular Renaissance city, bear witness to another side of Florence by visiting the Museo degli Innocenti or Istituto degli Innocenti.   The first orphanage in the world.   While the official inauguration of the most recent 12.8 million euro renovations funded by the Tuscan region and the institution over a period of three years happened this past June, I only got around to visiting more recently. And what a tremendous joy…

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September 2016 Events in Florence, Italy

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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