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Locals I Love: Elizabeth Orchard

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“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” ~Elbert Hubbard.   I would imagine hope that my latest interviewee agrees with the above statement. It’s how I imagine the life of those who create art, maybe it’s a word best described as a verb rather than a noun. Elizabeth Orchard is one of those people who’s voice instantly catches your attention. The last time I saw her, she served mint tea in classic tea cups, or Franciacorta (because bubbles are…

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Women Artists and the 1966 Flood of Florence

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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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Locals I Love: Shannon Quinn Fioravanti

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  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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Locals I Love: Rebecca Winke

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Everyone in the world needs a friend like Rebecca. Whip-smart, and a way with words that manages to combine humor with pretty much any awkward subject, talking with her always makes me walk away smiling. And I always learn something. Rebecca moved to Italy from Chicago in 1993 and shortly thereafter opened an agriturismo at the foot of Mount Subasio near Assisi, Umbria.   She spends her time writing about the lovely region she now calls home for various print…

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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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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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