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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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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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Not Just Rome, Why The Ancient Town of Cori in Lazio Should Be On Your List

I’ll admit that when it comes to recommendations for the region of Lazio, I am still an absolute novice. Yes I’ve been to Rome countless times and I probably forever will, however if I learned anything by traveling, writing and just be a general tourist is that most of the time we know nothing. There is a lifetime of history in every area of Italy and Lazio is certainly no different. I was lucky enough to go on a few…

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48 Hours In Riva del Garda, Trentino’s Delicious Paradise

One of our favorite weekend destinations of 2017 also happened to be one that most people I know hadn’t even heard of. Lake Garda of course is very well-known, its existence on this planet first took place 1.5 million years ago formed as a glacier off the side of a mountain, later a former stronghold of the Roman empire, followed by to its villages battled by the passionate Lombard people, Franks, Spaniards and Austrians.  Riva del Garda is in the very northernness part…

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

This month has predictably started in a less than pleasant way. Here I was thrilled to have passed a winter without getting sick, ready to ride out the good fortune until Spring and yes, that’s where it went all downhill. Note to self, never think you are invincible or gloat in the fact that the influenza, in all of its nasty, evil forms, hasn’t hit you yet. Because you aren’t. My tragic version was the all-dreaded stomach flu turned regular…

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