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Osteria de L’Ortolano – foodie spot near the Accademia Gallery

  While I adore offering friends, family and you guys restaurant recommendations in Florence, Italy – the one area that I have always been a little ‘eh’ about was around Piazza San Marco and the Galleria della Accademia. I received an invite recently to check out a small deli and restaurant on via degli alfani in this area which unbeknownst to me has been operating for over 50 years. The lovely tiny Osteria de L’Ortolano is owned by a friendly couple Marta &…

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Locals I Love – Costanza Giovannini

This week’s local I love is Costanza, a girl who works too much and shares my love of moscow mules. Witty, almost too organized, she is just one of those people who ‘gets it.’ We met a few times but more recently we embarked on a blog tour adventure together to promote the thermal springs of Tuscany with Play Your Tuscany. After just a few days, I really felt like I had a new family, we all meshed together perfectly…

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One week in Florence, photo diary in December

I know things have been a bit quiet of here but I call it the fault of colder weather. While yes, technically I should be holed up at home tapping away my computer while sipping mug after mug of hot tea. Ps. Hot tea & coffee is my Florentine version of a ‘heater’. Houses are pretty cold here, and due to gas & electricity being so expensive, no one leaves their heat on unless it’s included in their condo fees.…

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Meet Mario, a Florentine Institution

“Please take a look at my business card, I find it the best way to meet ladies.” chuckles Mario as he cheekily slid a card across the table with the words ‘are you free’ and ‘I am single’ written among the typed details of his work. I had to give him a bit of credit, at 84 years old, this man still had jokes to tell and a valid drivers license. Meeting Mario was probably one of the best moments of…

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Locals I Love – Christine Lasso

Locals I Love is back this Thursday (I’ve been good lately!) and this time I am getting to know someone who I work with who is really pretty awesome and instrumental to helping me finangle my way in an Italian office, she is Christine Lasso Montesinos. A Panamanian girl, an administrative assistant & assistant Manager for the company we both work for, and also a social media manager. What’s her favorite drink? Cappuccino. I don’t blame her, lately all I…

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Local I Love, meet Alexandra Korey

We are back with yet another interview, this time by my friend Alexandra Korey. She is Canadian, an all-round communicator and an art historian. What’s her favorite drink, it may surprise you in being nature’s glory – water. I met her while working at The Florentine and we often see each other at various Yelp Firenze events. Truth be told, If I ever need some real advice, she is the one of the first people I run to :-). She works…

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