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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Internet Festival blog tour day 1 – Pisa, Italy


As you probably know from my previous posts or my blog’s facebook page, I am currently in Pisa, Italy on a four day blog tour scouring the city & attending conferences at the Internet Festival on a wide range of topics about the world-wide-web. It is only day  3 and yet it feels like a lifetime. Imagine 15 hour days – tours – more Italian than I can handle (kidding) and tons of delicious food that I wish I could transmit through this computer screen, in any case it has opened my eyes, ears and scent’s to what Pisa (and digital Italy) has to offer and I am very thankful to be a part of the blog team.

After making my way to Pisa and checked in at Hotel La Pace, which was conviniently close to the station and has a staff that literally should/could be part of a comedic group in Italy, we headed off to meet and greet other members of the festival. Everyone is easygoing, friendly and doesn’t make fun of me (too much) when I accidently describe a Turkish person as “torquoise” in Italian. As you do.. 

On day one (thursday) many of the events were still being worked on, for example the Digital Human exhibit on ponte a mezzo and a few other events so we did the very Italian gesture of standing around and chatting with one another on day one, not to mention at least 3 coffees and a walk-tour around the city. Pisa is beautiful, colorful and full of students and cute shops.

We made our way to the beautiful Museo Nazionale di San Matteo in Pisa which hosted an exhibit on the evolution of computers – complete with vintage computers dating back to the 1950’s. Even old advertising posters featuring them which I personally found to be really cool and telling about how we arrived at where we are technology-wise today.  Apple (or MAC) used to be a lot different than the currenty snazzy Iphone 5, airbook that you see now, and made me wonder if people stood in line to snap it up in the late 80’s, early 90’s, likely no. In addition to this exhibit, the museum itself had a really gorgeous open courtyard and some very cool digitally-inspired artwork.

That night we had the pleasure of a slow-food lesson meets fresh fish in Marina di Pisa at a restaurant called “Con Nikkeri” – sort of like a circolo, this gastromic experience included fish caught that same day and a lesson on what slow food really means. The food itself holding less importance to the process that got it on your table, which is something I highly respect and agree with. Everything was delectable, fresh & just seemed to never stop arriving at the table – I gorged myself ‘Girl in Florence’ style. We were all exhausted and ready to sleep on the table by the end of the dinner, day two post coming soon, until then enjoy these food photos.


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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    Concert Event Tickets 13.03.2013 at 10:55

    I went to this festival last year and I thought the festival itself was organized really well. I see large interactive murals hanging from the ceiling. I will never miss to return if they plan to do this again in 2013.

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      ggnitaly84 13.03.2013 at 14:14

      I was very pleased and hope to be back myself this 2013. Plus it was fun to discover Pisa in a different light..

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    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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