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What to Do This December in Florence, Personal Suggestions for a Great Month

December, as you might expect, is chock full of exciting markets, festive cheer, ornate light setups and interesting events (here’s a list for all over Italy). This is why we love it. The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the city are quite busy ones for locals looking to stock up on gifts while also celebrating the year with treasured friends and colleagues. I particularly enjoy being here at this time as the streets are sweetly softened…

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Made in Italy: Top Gifts from Tuscany For the Holidays

It’s that time of year again when I try to stop procrastinating and get my holiday shopping done in advance before the stress of the holidays truly kicks in. Our plans this year are to head to Los Angeles for a quick five-day trip to celebrate the marriage of one of my best friends before heading back to Europe to spend Christmas with Nico’s family in France. Truth be told I actually hate shopping, for the most part, because I feel…

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Cuoiofficine – Two Florentine Brothers Blend Tradition and Innovation in Leather Accessories

As we inch ever more towards the holiday season (how did that happen) I’m inspired to focus more this week on quality gifts that you can actually own for a lifetime. Ones that help preserve a craft, that give jobs to the community, that actually brings substance to a label instead of solely to be part of the crowd. As my cranky self gets older by the day, I find myself wanting less and seeking a hopefully healthier attitude when…

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Why Italy Celebrates L’Estate di San Martino, The Summer of St. Martin

As you would expect with any and every celebration in Italy, la festa di san martino or feast day of san martino is mired in a local legend that celebrates both the humility and generosity of a saint along with traditionally warm autumnal weather. In fact, it’s far more likely that you’ve heard “l’estate di San Martino” which refers to the arrival of the Indian summer, or a blissful time when you are still able to wear short sleeves (during the day)…

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November Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Fear not November’s challenge bold— We’ve books and friends, And hearths that never can grow cold: These make amends! ~Alexander L. Fraser (1870–1954), “November,” c.1918 What would a year be without a November? Typically reviled and scorned as one of Italy’s more depressing months due to its short, dark days and plenty of rain, I see it a little different. It’s a month where I typically dive into cooking warm, comforting meals, catching up on work and half-read novels and…

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Typical Tuscan Near Porta Romana: Trattoria Ruggero

There are so many new restaurants in Florence that it’s hard to send people recommendations at times. I always ask myself… what is it that people want? Rustic Tuscan? Are they willing to go near Rifredi? Is this place too modern, has it changed ownership? You can understand, me, right? We all have our favorites (here’s my constantly evolving list) and what I’ve realized is that all I just have to stay true to what you actually love, not adhere…

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