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48 hours, American in Italy, art, culture, italy, restaurant, tips, tours, travel, uncategorised, Uncategorized

Five Unmissable Experiences in Rome

There never manages to be an end to really beautiful ways to discover the city of Rome, it’s way too big and dynamic for the likes of finality. I’ve been coming pretty regularly of the last four or five years and each time, thanks to the generosity and insight of friends, I am starting to see a completely different side to Italy’s capital city. One with 3,000 years of history that can’t easily be ticked off your average travel bucket…

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24 hours, American in Italy, art, culture, day trip, history, italy, one perfect day, restaurant, tips, travel, tuscany, uncategorised

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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36 hours, American in Italy, art, culture, food, italy, opinion, restaurant, tips, tuscany, uncategorised

Discovering Rome’s Trastevere Neighborhood: A Few Finds

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Rome’s districts until much more recently, at least in any real depth and I probably still don’t. It’s a big city, a place where most people stay in their preferred quarters and with big cities, come big opinions. The last time I visited I stayed for a week, a lot longer than normal (Florence is just an easy hour and forty-five minute train hop to Termini- hence short trips are totally…

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January Events in Florence, Italy: The 2017 Edition

Buon anno nouvo, this phrase has probably left my mouth and hurriedly typed on whatsapp a hundred time in the past few hours and yet I’m still smiling and luckily have less of a hangover than in year’s past. Last night Nico and I decided to depart from our typical elaborate NYE celebrations around the world to just settle in Florence after a week-long trip to France. Last year we rang in 2016 in New York City with good friends, the year…

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Locals I Love: Elizabeth Orchard

“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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December Events in Florence, Italy

Oh hello there December, you cold beautiful soul. A month so full of events in Florence and the emptying of plenty wallets as people complete their holiday shopping. Because of the slow arrival of any semblance of winter, I still can’t find important things such as my gloves, warmer shoes and endless pairs of socks. Seriously who is stealing all of our fuzzy socks and leaving us with a sad, holy (literally holy) reminder of the ghosts of sock’s past.…

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