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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An ode to the 7 euro hot chocolate


T-man decided to take me out for a late-night hot chocolate in Florence, Italy at a cool place I have heard about but never managed to actually find – called Hemingways. Located in the oltrarno, close to Piazza Carmine – this small hipster joint is a chocolateers paradise and ensures that Italians love an after hours cioccolata calda as much as a glass of chianti.

Hemingways cioccolateria caffetteria

We sat down and had a cheap-mans heart attack when viewing the actual price of the coveted hot chocolate. Imagine six euros and up – of course the one that I ‘had to have’ was a white chocolate version with ginger, 7.50 a pop! T-man went for the 70% cacao version because as I mentioned before – he is on a health kick. Seriously all a smart choco-marketer has to do is up the percentage of cacao and you can always up the price of said candy/beverage/cake a few euros. ūüėČ


Now I am no stranger to high prices, after all we live in one of the most expensive cities in Italy but seriously? You better go ahead and add some rum to this drink because my American brain can only convert the price into dollars. The result being..

I paid almost 10 dollars for a smallish cup of hot chocolate.

The positive side is – it’s about as far away as my childhood memories of ¬†watery ‘swiss miss’ can remember- this is REAL hot chocolate. Imagine a creamy cup of chocolaty¬†heaven that I can admit, was pretty darn good!

We didn’t stop there – we also indulged in a slice of cheesecake topped with strawberries since why the heck not, it’s Christmastime! The cake was delicious, not too sweet and they actually used fresh strawberries which gets them a lot of points in my book. I spied on the crepes of some nearby patrons and I think I might actually be trying that next time I visit along with their beautiful selection of chocolates in the display case by the bar.

Stop by, and wear your ¬†not-needed-for-vision glasses, ironic t-shirt and bring your laptop {apparently they have wifi}. Trust me, you will like it here – just don’t forget your wallet!

Hemingways¬†(open every day – from about 430-530pm until 1-2am.)¬†Piazza Piattellina n.¬į 9r,¬†50124 Firenze, Italy.¬†


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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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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