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What To Expect in Florence This Winter 2016

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15th century Italian poet Pietro Aretino once said “Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”   This may seem rich coming from a guy who apparently invented pornagraphy in the literary sense and who some of said died of suffocation/asphyxiation from laughing too much. But he had a point with that quote even if his incorrigible lifestyle certainly raised some eyebrows and caused him to be kicked out of his hometown of Arezzo and then Rome.  A lot…

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What’s On This April In Florence, Italy

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April, how did you get here already? I’ve been having a ball this morning checking out all of the hilarious April fools jokes from all around the world via this ‘live’ article from The Guardian. Including but not all is “Beefeater, the restaurant where you take your grandma on Boxing Day, launches the ‘Beefeater Steak Tan’ – the world’s first fake tan made using real steak juices. ” or why Italy is actually the worst country to visit (oh Buzzfeed)…

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Ditta Artigianale Oltrarno – A New Side To Italian Coffee Culture

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I never thought I would see the day when a known coffee expert in Italy has defended the entity that is Starbucks. Especially after an onslaught of negative news all over the internet regarding the coffee giant set to open its first Italy branch in Milan in 2017. But this is another reason I like Francesco Sanapo, award-winning barista and creator of ‘Ditta Artiginale’. On news about Starbucks, Francesco said in defense of the move  “I think that it’ s a…

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February Events in Florence, Italy

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Arrivederci January, benvenuto Febbraio! It’s been almost a month since we’ve been back in Florence and everything feels pretty much back to normal which means time to make my February events list. Work has recommenced with gusto and we have a very happy beagle on our hands. I have really thrown myself into studying more social media strategy for the coming year, it seems to change faster than the weather but I am enjoying trying new platforms like snapchat and steller…

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December Events In Florence, Italy

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Wow, what a month.  After over a week of wedding madness, this girl is officially a Mrs. (yay!) and breathe a little easier. All is done, family and friends had an incredible (I hope) time and we actually managed to enjoy the day without it passing by with a blink of the eye. I might sound like a broken record with all of the wedding talk, but honestly I don’t give a damn because I’m over the moon still and…

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A Guide To Vogue’s Fashion Night Out In Florence

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Yep, the fashionistas are back in Florence. The curiously named Vogue’s Fashion Night Out is now apparently in its third edition, a sort of ‘white night’ for the trendier set, with stores set to open until 11pm in the city’s historical center. Think cocktails, plenty of people milling about and the apparent opportunity to meet designers and buy gadgets. The concept of Fashion’s Night Out was created in 2009 to restore consumer confidence and to boost the industry’s economy. The fun…

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