Ciao. I’m Georgette, your “Girl in Florence".

I am an American born writer and digital media consultant calling Florence, Italy home now since 11 years. You’ll find me over at Italy Magazine as the content editor where we cover a wide variety of Italy-based features; news, recipes, travel guides, little-known curiosities and property ownership. My social media consultancy business focuses on luxury hotels and creating strategies that stick with small businesses that want to stay current in this ever evolving digital age.

I also work as a freelance writer with bylines in publications such as Luxos Magazine, Lonely Planet, National Geographic “Where the Locals Go” and International Living. This blog has been my happy internet “home” where I share personal finds around Florence and Italy as well as share our experiences living, working and exploring Italy and beyond.

If you are visiting for a short time, visit my pages on where to shop (I focus primarily on artisans, small boutiques and true family businesses), where to stay and what to do, these pages are all updated monthly. You will also find a vast list of restaurant suggestions because around these parts, food is as integral as air. Together with my French husband Nico who also shares a great love for Italy and our Florentine beagle Ginger, our primary goal is to enjoy life through a grand and gluttonous mission to eat, drink and experience as much as possible.

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Made in Italy: Top Gifts from Tuscany For the Holidays

It’s that time of year again when I try to stop procrastinating and get my holiday shopping done in advance before the stress of the holidays truly kicks in. Our plans this year are to head to Los Angeles for a quick five-day trip to celebrate the marriage of one of my best friends before heading back to Europe to spend Christmas with Nico’s family in France. Truth be told I actually hate shopping, for the most part, because I feel…

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Cuoiofficine – Two Florentine Brothers Blend Tradition and Innovation in Leather Accessories

As we inch ever more towards the holiday season (how did that happen) I’m inspired to focus more this week on quality gifts that you can actually own for a lifetime. Ones that help preserve a craft, that give jobs to the community, that actually brings substance to a label instead of solely to be part of the crowd. As my cranky self gets older by the day, I find myself wanting less and seeking a hopefully healthier attitude when…

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culture, holiday, italy, life, traditions, tuscany

Why Italy Celebrates L’Estate di San Martino, The Summer of St. Martin

As you would expect with any and every celebration in Italy, la festa di san martino or feast day of san martino is mired in a local legend that celebrates both the humility and generosity of a saint along with traditionally warm autumnal weather. In fact, it’s far more likely that you’ve heard “l’estate di San Martino” which refers to the arrival of the Indian summer, or a blissful time when you are still able to wear short sleeves (during the day)…

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November Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Fear not November’s challenge bold— We’ve books and friends, And hearths that never can grow cold: These make amends! ~Alexander L. Fraser (1870–1954), “November,” c.1918 What would a year be without a November? Typically reviled and scorned as one of Italy’s more depressing months due to its short, dark days and plenty of rain, I see it a little different. It’s a month where I typically dive into cooking warm, comforting meals, catching up on work and half-read novels and…

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Typical Tuscan Near Porta Romana: Trattoria Ruggero

There are so many new restaurants in Florence that it’s hard to send people recommendations at times. I always ask myself… what is it that people want? Rustic Tuscan? Are they willing to go near Rifredi? Is this place too modern, has it changed ownership? You can understand, me, right? We all have our favorites (here’s my constantly evolving list) and what I’ve realized is that all I just have to stay true to what you actually love, not adhere…

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