One week in Florence, photo diary in December
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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 … Continue reading

Meet Mario, a Florentine Institution
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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 … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Michela Simoncini
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Locals I Love – Michela Simoncini

Introducing this week’s ‘local I love’, Michela Simoncini, who is Italian, works as a Social Media Manager (sounds familiar) and loves all sorts of drinks from wine to “Sbagliato”, from cappuccino to your classic Americano (the coffee), from Moscow Mule to Amaro del Capo, and on and on! I think you get the point here, … Continue reading

September events in Florence, Italy
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September events in Florence, Italy

I absolutely love September in Florence. The weather gets a little cooler, the Florentines have returned to town and to work and there is a lively buzz around town. There are lots of events around town, cool art, Vogue’s Fashion night out, truffle sagra, harvest festivals and this girl wishes she could clone herself to … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Kristina ‘Yelp’ Grancaric
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Locals I Love – Kristina ‘Yelp’ Grancaric

It’s with great pleasure that I introduce this week’s ‘Local I Love’ – Kristina, the Yelp Firenze community manager and a friend of mine. She is somewhat of an anomaly in Italy – half Canadian half Italian and can speak both English and Italian without an accent. You could say that I’m jealous — and … Continue reading

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

February 2013 events in Florence, Italy
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February 2013 events in Florence, Italy

February is just upon us and according to Phil, the groundhog in Pennsalyvania we will be enjoying an early spring this year, hurrah!  As usual this year started off in a rainy, rather random temperature kind of way. It was warm and rainy, it was freezing, it was going to snow, it was cold again, … Continue reading

Discovering the Vasari Corridor, secret passageway of the Medicis
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Discovering the Vasari Corridor, secret passageway of the Medicis

Last Friday I got the really awesome opportunity to see something I have been wanting to see for years in Florence. A private tour of the famous ‘Vasari Corridor’ – or 1 kilometer long secret passageway linking the Palazzo Vecchio – Uffizi Museum with the Pitti Palace and specifically commissioned for the famous Medici Family. What … Continue reading

5 ideas for a unique Christmas gift from Tuscany
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5 ideas for a unique Christmas gift from Tuscany

Picture this scenario – you booked a ticket home to visit family and you want to bring a gift for someone special – parents,  friends, grandparents, your friend Steve, favorite childhood cat ;) but have run out of ideas of what to bring as a ‘typical’ unique item from Tuscany. Yes everyone loves the wine, … Continue reading