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Undercover Palazzo Pitti – exploring women artists

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“‘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 this subject fascinates me as a very independent girl living in their same city, free to roam as I please. What we know less about…

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Breakfast with a view on via tornabuoni

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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 was built during the first half of the 13th century by the Guelf Family, the Ruggerinis, and was then inherited by the Fastellis and the…

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Stibbert Museum in Florence – haven of treasures

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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 in Florence, Italy. The weather is absolutely bipolar, it’s going to rain, nope it’s going to snow, nope it’s going to be sunny –– no-one really knows, weather forecasters included. This of course makes it tricky to…

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“Room with a View”

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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 hills is incredible – each angle more beautiful than the last, even now after so many years living in Italy, the stunning landscape of this…

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The Future of Culture Heritage and Tourism in Florence

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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 never a day that I walk in front of the Duomo without spotting someone staring in amazement at such an incredible focul point in our…

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Pisa and the leaning tower – misconceptions and fun facts

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Pisa oh Pisa, a city so close to the one that I live in – Florence yet one that I have never taken the time to explore or learn much about. Since I will have the pleasure to do so next week, I thought it would be fun to write about common misconceptions and touch on some fun facts about Pisa to again look at after I visit. The city itself is probably best know for its leaning tower or La Torre…

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