CB Firenze – new restaurant in the Oltrarno
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CB Firenze – new restaurant in the Oltrarno

When a new restaurant opens in Florence it can be a little bit like Russian roulette. A lot of places have the desire and passion but perhaps not always the means to put together as memorable an experience as they could hope. One example of a recent place that hasn’t had the best reviews since … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Yasmine Hassani
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Locals I Love – Yasmine Hassani

It’s about time for a little session of ‘Locals I Love’ and this week’s protagonist happens to be a good friend of mine, Yasmine Hassani. She’s French, fabulous and living in Florence with her boyfriend Svebor teaching French around town {including helping me – god help her}. We met through mutual friends being that we … Continue reading

Discovering Forte Belvedere in Florence
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Discovering Forte Belvedere in Florence

Famous Forte Belvedere, an impressive fort designed in the 16th century by  Bernardo Buontalenti for Grand Duke Ferdinando I with the additional purpose of protecting nearby Palazzo Pitti and the Medici family rule {you can also see the Medici family coat of arms above the main doorway}.  I have always heard about this place for its … Continue reading

Why you should visit the Gulf of Baratti, Tuscany
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Why you should visit the Gulf of Baratti, Tuscany

Ah, the art of the ponte – or ‘bridge’ which in Italian refers to taking an extra day off to make a long weekend, a not-so-uncommon occurence in the world of work in Italy. This past June, I had just the opportunity to partake in this most wonderous of Italian traditions during the Festa di … Continue reading

April events in Florence, Italy
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April events in Florence, Italy

April showers bring May’s Flowers – I have always hated that phrase and this year it might as well be four months of rain with no end in sight. Yes, we in Florence are ready for a little bit of sole (sun) and so far this week has been promising. YES! thank you mother nature. On … Continue reading

What not to expect when moving to Italy
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What not to expect when moving to Italy

Like many fellow bloggers who live and work in Italy, we tend to get a lot of emails from those interested in moving here. I can understand why, the food, the scenery, “la bella vita” – what’s not to love?  While I am personally obsessed with this country and can happily see my life here … Continue reading

10 tips for staying safe in Florence, Italy.
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10 tips for staying safe in Florence, Italy.

Lately there has been a lot of talk about safety traveling alone (especially women). In light of recent horrific events in Turkey of a woman killed on a solo trip or in other parts of the world, it’s a worthy topic in my book. The reality is that bad things happen to good people everywhere we go – … Continue reading