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5 Tips for Making the Most Out of One Day in Florence

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The tickets have been book, your hotel or short-term apartment has been secured, now the hard part comes.. how best to fill your time in Florence? You have no shortage of choices in this Renaissance city the only thing that matters is how to filter in what you actually want to do. This city really does have a lot to offer and not just the usual “see the David, take a photo of the sunset and Ponte Vecchio” kind of…

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72 hours, culture, day trip, holiday, italy, tips, travel

How to Visit the Island of Capri During Low Season

This is a special guest post by my friend Holly Star who together with her husband’s family, run Michel’Angelo Ristorante in Capri, both of them are incredible people who have most definitely opened my eyes on just how dynamic this island in the glittering bay of Naples can be.  A little background – How did an Australian end up living on the island of Capri? In April 2013, I set off from Australia traveling solo for a 6 week Italian…

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24 hours, American in Italy, day trip, history, italy, tips, travel, tuscany

A Day Trip to Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthplace

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vincior simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance that you most certainly have heard of, and mostly likely also admired. His most famous works speak for themselves, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, and his drawing of Vitruvian Man is the classic representation of the true Renaissance spirit. But what about the man beyond the mystery? After all this…

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What to Do in July 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Summer, you’ve finally arrived. The first day of July rolled in the same day as a heatwave in Florence, no-one is complaining because we all remember the “summer of lucifer” (last year) and it’s July after all. I ended this June on admittedly a stressful note, too many projects and fires at work to put out combined with that email from my commercialista with the first tax-bill for 2018 (trust me, being a freelancer here is not fun)… To battle my dumpy mood…

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48 hours, American in Italy, culture, food, italy, road trip, tips, travel, tuscany, wedding

A Tuscan Weekend Escape Near Montepulciano

“Are we in Val d’Orcia or Crete Senesi?” I asked. “Nether” Fabio replied. “Instead we are located in an area between the two.” A place without a name but of one that dubbed “the bermuda triangle paradise” within Tuscany’s most suggestive landscapes. And paradise it was. Imagine an ancient stone farmhouse nestled in a plot of well-curated land next to a pond brimming with frogs with sweeping views of at least two hilltop Tuscan towns. The only sounds the crowing of the…

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American in Italy, art, culture, curious florence, events, fashion, italy, life, tips, travel, tuscany

What to Do in June 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

I admit my tardiness in getting this personal list of interesting June events around Florence, but I have a good excuse. Life has gotten in the way, work has doubled and coincidentally the blog getting a bit less love but that won’t last long. However despite the fact that June has bull-dozed its way into existence, I am cool with that. The weather is beautiful, so much better than last year at the same time, we have yet to resume our “two-a-days” (not…

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