Undercover Palazzo Pitti – exploring women artists
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Undercover Palazzo Pitti – exploring women artists

“‘My Lordship, I’ll show you what a woman can do.’  - artist Artmesia Gentileschi  Throughout the centuries women have had to work tremendously hard to make their voice heard, especially in renaissance Florence where most women’s destinies lied in childbirth and taking care of the home. Their voices rarely heard nor seen which is why … Continue reading

Breakfast with a view on via tornabuoni
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Breakfast with a view on via tornabuoni

Discovering yet another rooftop with a view in Florence is my own personal holy grail. I adore any view overlooking my city and the one that I most recently discovered happens to be on top of boutique hotel Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni -  one of the famous ‘tower houses’ in the city. According to their site ” It … Continue reading

Stibbert Museum in Florence – haven of treasures
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Stibbert Museum in Florence – haven of treasures

When writing this post,  I still really can’t believe it’s took me this long to visit Stibbert Museum but I admit it just wasn’t a priority. Always left for another day, I thought how interesting could weapons and armory be? As usual this January 2013 in Florence, Italy. The weather is absolutely bipolar, it’s going … Continue reading

“Room with a View”
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“Room with a View”

Last week I got the great opportunity to tour the incredible Villa di Maiano and {Fattoria di Maiano – post coming later}. This historical gem is where several scenes were filmed from James Ivory’s “Room with a View”, the director himself fell in love with this location.  The views from this prime spot in the Tuscan … Continue reading

The Future of Culture Heritage and Tourism in Florence
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The Future of Culture Heritage and Tourism in Florence

This weekend I had the chance to check out some really interesting conferences and discussions regarding cultural heritage & cooperative tourism in Florence and Tuscany. Living in a city as historical as Florence, you can’t help but be touched by the effect that our cities history, culture and art has on tourists and there is … Continue reading

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Why you should visit the magical castle of Carcassonne

Carcassonne in my eyes, is the real-life version of a fairy-tale – according to wikipedia: Carcassonne is a fortified French town in the Aude department, of which it is the prefecture, in the former province of Languedoc. It is divided into the fortified Cité de Carcassonne Carcassone was founded by the Visigoths in the fifth century, though … Continue reading

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Malmantile Medieval Festival 2012

This past weekend we had to embrace our boring and domestic side which included moving furniture, namely our old Soviet-era masterpiece outside and move our new ikea Ektorp one from a friend’s house which meant Sunday I was as sore as an Olympic gymnast. Overall it really wasn’t difficult to do at all, just needed … Continue reading

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San Galgano and the sword in the stone..is this where Excalibur got its fame?

So normally I don’t write about places I visit but seriously. I have deduced that it really should be the FIRST thing I write about since that is a big part of the reason I moved to Italy in the first place. Basically having “next-door “access to historical sites and countries, especially for this Texan … Continue reading