Osteria de L’Ortolano – foodie spot near the Accademia Gallery
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Osteria de L’Ortolano – foodie spot near the Accademia Gallery

While I can be the ‘queen’ of restaurant recommendations by zone in Florence, Italy – the one area that I have always been a little ‘eh’ about was around Piazza San Marco and the Galleria della Accademia. I received an invite recently to check out a small deli on via degli alfani in this area which … Continue reading

The new Mercato centrale: Eat your heart out Florence
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The new Mercato centrale: Eat your heart out Florence

If you have visited Florence, likely you have stopped in the mercato centrale, or central market where fresh produce, meats, fish & cheese are in abundance and you can pick up all sorts of seasonal delights you can use to create delicious Italian meals. From farm to kitchen for your pleasure at a place I … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Diana Simon
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Locals I Love – Diana Simon

Back again with another fun edition of ‘locals I love’ this time speaking to someone I really love to read on the blog-o-sphere (and twitter) who is on top of her game when it comes to sharing tips and news all about Italy (and especially Rome). Diana manages the social media for an Italian tour … Continue reading

A guide to romantic Lisbon, Portugal
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A guide to romantic Lisbon, Portugal

Truth be told, I have been obsessed with Lisbon ever since we got back from our #winteroadtrip from the south of France to Portugal this past December. Five days of living it up with my partner in crime and I really think we got the most of our vacation, it was non-stop walking, eating, drinking and experiencing. … Continue reading

A weekend all about TASTE in Florence
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A weekend all about TASTE in Florence

Imagine sipping wine out of a steel cup, watching tempura being made in the back of an old workshop located in the hills above Florence. Or walking up flight and flight of stairs, around corners and hallways until you think someone has played a joke on you and then finally as soon as you almost … Continue reading

Daytrip to Pisa – more than just a tower
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Daytrip to Pisa – more than just a tower

[A high Arno river in Pisa - Photo credit: Svebor Karaman] Pisa, oh Pisa why do I not give you enough attention? This city on the sea seems to be most famous to many Florentines as the place where you get your ryanair flights and of course the famous leaning tower of Pisa. That being … Continue reading