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Why I love the ‘other side of the river’ in Florence

When I was a student in 2005, the ‘other side of the river’  or ‘oltrarno’ to the locals was considered a scary place for us young Americani. All I knew about Piazza Santo Spirito was that drug addicts liked to hang out on the steps and that beyond the Ponte Vecchio bridge lay a very different world than that surrounding the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. That memory almost always makes me laugh especially now that I spend the majority…

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5 tips to cure seasonal depression in Florence

Lets be honest for a moment here, no matter what anyone says, to put it quite simply January can kinda suck. I say that with the nicest of intentions but really after the initial “The new year just started! how awesome!” not much time passes until you hit mid-month and reality sets in, normally at the same time when the rains (or snow) starts and darkness falls around 5pm — just like the moods of many. Just because you happen to live…

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The poor girl in Italy workout

For those of us who are expats or immigrants in Italy one bone of contention is the price of a gym membership. In Florence, there are a variety of options for those who live both in and out of the center but one fact is clear. If even slightly semi-clean, not filled with sweaty guys in too-tight shorts and edging towards 1990 –   likely it is out of the price range of the normal person like myself. Why now…

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Surf Ventura, one of a kind cocktails in Florence

I am always on the lookout for a cool new bar in Florence or even an older one that I forget is a real find. Surf Ventura just happens to be one of those situations where I stupidly forgot this gem of a place existed. Maybe it’s the hidden location on a side street near Piazza Ferrucci but nevertheless this place is worth a hop, skip and a mega-jump (or gulp) if you are looking for something more than just…

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A macaron to dream about in Florence

  Italy is known for their coffee. No one would ever dare dispute the fact that Italians just… do it better. What is missing at times however, is a comfortable spot for a tea, coffee and a chat with a good friends or for moms with strollers near the center. I have compiled a list of great places to hand out and get a soy cappuccino (if that’s your thing) here. Teatro dell’Ozio is a new cafe in town, near Piazza…

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Events this October in Florence & Tuscany

October has snuck up on us yet again and it’s shaping up to be another fun-filled month of events that I am very much looking forward to. I complain sometimes about how fast time seems to be flying – but let’s get real for a moment. It’s flying by because there are so much to do, see & taste. Without further ado, here are my top picks for the month of October, as usual I will add to this list…

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