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Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten-Free Options in Florence, Italy

Green asparagus on mediterranean market stand Bologna Italy.

Normally, you would never think of Italy as a place for vegetarians. This is a land known for bistecca, cured meats and all sorts of delicious goodness. That being said, the traditional Mediterranean diet is very vegetable based and healthy to boot. Personally, I tend to eat very little meat – just out of habit more than anything so this list is just as good for me than anyone else. Plus you would be surprised how yummy and eclectic some…

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June Events in Florence, Italy

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This girl is finally back in Florence after a whirlwind trip back to the states to visit family, friends and generally create mayhem {kidding}. I returned not only to some nice fun jetlag {anyone else sleep 12 hours?} and cool weather that is so very much not normal this time of year. Global warming is ensuring that you never know what to expect from weather in Italy so I plan to enjoy this before the humidity and mosquitoes strike. Let’s…

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Fattoria LaVacchio – Organic Farm in Tuscany

tuscany dreaming

This Sunday I had the awesome opportunity to go with my friend Debora/gourmet expert AmbasciatoreGusto to visit Fattoria LaVacchio, an organic farm located about 18-20km from Florence. Debora stocks products from the farm in her B&B in Florence and I was itching to try the famous ‘antipasto‘ {cheese & cured meat appetizer} that she kept telling me about so as soon as she said lunch sunday? – I jumped at the chance to tag along. We met up at the…

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Tea time in Florence at the Via del Tè

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Yep, you guessed it – me and my current love for tea and all of its fine flavors has led me to discover yet another hotspot in the center serving a wonderful selection of tea and goodies that I had to share with you all. The place is called ‘Via del Te” and has been open since 1997 in piazza ghiberti square – sant’ambrogio area of Florence. They have a beautiful salon where you can have a full English tea or like me and my friend, some macarons…

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Florence Photo Diary, a weekend in February

fiera cioccolata firenze

This weekend flew by faster than any I can remember. Suddenly Monday morning arrived before you know it, an array of snow flurries arrived in the center as twitter and Italian news blew up at the rare sight of neve in the city. That along with explosive news of the Pope’s resignation at the end of this month, made for a very news-crazy day in Italy. Yesterday morning I had the pleasure traipsed back to the Italian purgatory – the questura…

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My secret Sunday escape in Tuscany

monte giovi

This Sunday we were treated to a nice change of pace from almost constant rain every weekend this January. I made tman promise me that we would peer pressure his parents to take us to Acone – a small town near Rufina that I have mentioned previously. We like to tell people we go just because its perfect for hiking but lets keep it real – we mainly go because of this awesome little restaurant {the only one in town}…

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