Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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Hiking is ( my ) version of free therapy


Everyone has their version of therapy whether it be yoga, reading, playing puppet-master..whatever floats your boat and eases up the stresses of daily life. Mine just happens to be hiking, or rather getting out of the center of  my adoptive city of Florence and really discover new places in Italy.

captain planet strikes again

Luckily I have a great group of friends who feel the same way and about once a week or so, in addition to our wine and girls nights – we try to often get out and plan excursions outside of Florence. One of our recent ‘finds’ was in the province of Prato (a very underrated destination). On this particular occasion, we decided to visit a Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano.  We had a great time touring the beautiful villa and exploring the outdoor areas. I highly recommend taking the time to visit this place if you want a pretty cool diversion from Firenze.

Seriously whether it’s exploring Prato or just walking around Fiesole, we pack good food , get our sneakers on and just get away for awhile. I must say ,we are lucky that some of us have access to cars ( lets be real, our boyfriends/husbands cars.. ) so we can actually get where we want to be but you can absolutely take a Sita bus out to Chianti or Prato in the surrounding area and have a fab time ( pack a bottle of wine, some cheese, fruit and bread plus blanket and your all set! ). ok maybe a gps as well.

For those who want to do some serious hiking.. click here  for some good trails around Tuscany. We are itching to try the one from Fiesole to Compiobbi near where t-mans parents live.. My absolute favorite getway is in Acone ( or rather Monte Giovi ) which is about six kilometers or so above Rufina and is where t-mans grandmother was from. We first started going because of a great little trattoria ( its literally just called  RISTORANTE PIZZERIA ACONE ) with  boasts cheap and amazing  simple food.

the special “pasta aconese” that we are obsessed with

We continued going because Monte Giovi is gorgeous and honestly, there is nothing else like it to me..when I am up there, nothing else matters , not visa renewals, job contracts, cultural misunderstandings,  it just leaves my mind in those few hours.  I’ll provide some visual proof below..To your right is the special pasta to which the place in Acone stillwon’t let us in on,   aka how they make it…seriously that recipe is on LOCK DOWN and the same waiter we have every time we visit just giggles at our repeated requests for some clue to how this nectar of the gods is made.. plus the cheese plate is pretty awesome.. think 4 types of cheese accompanied by local honey, last time we got honey with truffles! not to mention their ever changing array of desserts.. check it out the fun below

dessert “Acone style”
sunset on monte giovi
the peak or “cima” of Monte Giovi in February 2011
heading up monte giovi above rufina..

Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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About Me

Hi There!

Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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