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A Rare Snowfall Blankets the City of Florence and Here Are Some Photos

I’ve been here for 11 years and I’ve never really seen it snow in Florence. However this morning (March 1st by the way) everything changed with one light, beautiful snowfall and I couldn’t help rushing to write this post to share this rare treat with you guys. Naturally by the time you read this, the snow will have turned into rain and the city will be one slushy, slippery hot mess. Be careful with your shoe choices guys.. As soon…

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A Walk Through Florence’s Outdoor Sculpture Gallery: Loggia dei Lanzi

Main cover photo sourced from Wikimedia Commons When I first came (back) to Florence in 2007 I was in love with the city but had one serious problem, I didn’t have any money. At the time, I was doing three to four odd jobs, mostly teaching English, and constantly running around the city getting a PhD  in Italy’s ATAF bus service. Meals were strictly reduced to eating at home, crappy aperitivo buffets and the occasional lunch with one, max two…

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The Other Florence: Le Cure

Across the railway, under the hills of Fiesole, cut through by the river Mugnone, lies Le Cure – my neighborhood. I moved here by pure coincidence almost five years ago. I was about to sign a rental lease for an apartment in a completely different neighborhood of Florence, but at the very last minute the owner changed his mind, and I suddenly had less than a month to find myself a new place before having to leave my old apartment.…

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A Charitable Past in Florence: Museo degli Innocenti

Six generations of interrupted charitable work in Italy’s most popular Renaissance city, bear witness to another side of Florence by visiting the Museo degli Innocenti or Istituto degli Innocenti.   The first orphanage in the world.   While the official inauguration of the most recent 12.8 million euro renovations funded by the Tuscan region and the institution over a period of three years happened this past June, I only got around to visiting more recently. And what a tremendous joy…

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23 Travel Hacks For Your Next Visit To Florence

If you plan on traveling to Florence, Italy in the near future, chances are you’ve already done your research, browsed guidebooks, pinned tips and crawled search engines. Or perhaps you’re more of the fly by the seat of your pants kind of person, “we’ll see when we get there.” I used to be like that, until I cared about what I was going to eat at any given place. Now I am an unapologetic research queen. The thing is, without…

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Locals I Love: Anna Rose

Back this week with my next victim (interviewee) and I’m super pumped to introduce you all to a very creative thinker and all-around great gal, Anna Rose. She’s tall ( I think the first thing I asked her was where she buys pants), has long blond hair, and that kind of sharp witty sense of humor that I especially adore. Her art is incredibly varied and fascinating — I have gained a new respect for contemporary art in general since…

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