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Locals I Love – Gillian McGuire

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This week I am going a little further south to the Eternal city of Rome (which recently celebrated its 2768th birthday, and still looking good!). My interviewee victim is the lovely Gillian who is also a writer and social media maven who I read quite regularly. I met her on our recent Rome adventures and her husband and my Frenchy (Nico) quickly became ‘blog support’ buddies which usually means holding our purses while we snap photos. She describes herself as a…

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Weekend Break: Rome For the Third Time


Everyone loves Rome. The NY Times recently wrote this 36 hours itinerary and the timing couldn’t be better as people are looking to spring as the time to wander through Rome’s whimsical, windy and traipse romantic streets. What I love about it here, is that you can literally visit forty different times and get a completely different experience. Everything has a story and you can see it sketched on famous monuments such as Trajan’s Column. We humans are masters at creating, but…

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Locals I Love – Diana Simon


Back again with another fun edition of ‘locals I love’ this time speaking to someone I really love to read on the blog-o-sphere (and twitter) who is on top of her game when it comes to sharing tips and news all about Italy (and especially Rome). Diana manages the social media for an Italian tour company, shares her experiences on her blogs (BrowsingItaly & BrowsingRome), teaches English and plays aunt to her nieces and nephew. A global nomad who has…

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Marvelous Marche part one


To be honest, if you asked me about the Italian region of Le Marche a few months ago, I would have likely sported a blank stare and admitted that I absolutely knew nothing of this area of il bel paese. And what a shame that was! While I am slowly but surely trying to visit different areas of my adopted country, like my recent trip to under-discovered Valtiberina, Le Marche is a bit further away and was never really a…

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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 take advantage of all the fun things there are to do. This is a fabulous month to be in Tuscany and consider yourself lucky! I…

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Locals I Love – Elena Farinelli

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This week’s local I love is someone who actually was part of the reason I started this blog! When I first moved to Florence, I was always seeking out info about cool, cheap events around town and I discovered Elena’s awesome blog {in Italian} She does such a great job of keeping it up and discovering awesome {new} places in Firenze which always helps me discover the next cool place to go. Plus, she also happens to be a…

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