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Locals I Love: Clara Soto

  First off, Happy ‘Festa della Repubblica’! It’s an important national holiday in Italy celebrating the birth of the republic and this week I’m absolutely thrilled to share this wonderful interview with a local designer who I have been so eager to share for some time. Clara originally hails from the country of Ecuador in South America but refers to herself more as a ‘child of the world.’ I knew I was going to like this girl  We originally met…

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June Events in Florence, Italy

As fast as a light switch, May becomes June. It’s as fast as that really. One day I’m thinking “cool, it’s the middle of May” and soon enough the end of the month creeps up and I’m scrambling to finish all that needs to be finished. But that’s also a good time to remember to not overwork yourself, take a little time and turn the computer off and go for a long walk. This what I love about living in…

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Keeping It In the Family: Pruneti Extra-Virgin Olive Oil In Tuscany

Virginity Is Overrated Unless You’re Olive Oil  To quote the author Tom Mueller “Once someone tries a real extra virgin — an adult or a child, anybody with taste buds — they’ll never go back to the fake kind. It’s distinctive, complex, the freshest thing you’ve ever eaten. It makes you realize how rotten the other stuff is, literally rotten. But there has to be a first time. Somehow we have to get those first drops of real extra virgin oil…

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Locals I Love: Valentina Veneziano

These past few years, I have been lucky enough to meet some really awesome Italians. While in the past, I would often complain about not having enough local friends and hung more with a foreign crowd, I started to make more effort, and sought friendships more in line with personal interests. I should have done this long before. This means having a bit more writer friends, those who blog, or do something creative. Of course this means that we have something…

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Locals I Love: Jennifer Diederich

Sometimes you meet people that you instantly take too, like that perfect first sip of a warm cappuccino. Some people are just meant to be friends. That’s a bit how I feel about Jennifer. Talented designer, extraordinary host (trust me on this!) and an all around awesome person for so many reasons, I just wish I could hang out with her more. She appeared on the American reality show about fashion Project Runway and makes the most beautiful, fun flirty…

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Planning A Wedding In Tuscany: Interview With Simona Cappitelli

Since getting married last November (you can see my photo roundup here), I am still fresh from all of the joy and happiness that comes from that wonderful day marrying my best friend. We came back to Florence from a whirlwind honeymoon in Thailand and Texas with a renewed vigor in life, and I am brimming to share it all! I have been getting so many emails from you guys planning your own weddings, and seeking advice. To be honest,…

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