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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One week in Florence – a Photo Diary



This week has been flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants busy and I haven’t had a lot of free time to write as much as I would like. But pictures? Why, of course! – I live in Florence, Italy after all and inspiration crops up daily in various forms.

Today’s post –  a photo diary of shots taken via my phone this week. The above photo is from a park in front of a school in Porta Romana next  to the ancient walls. I am pretty sure it’s an art institute (high school so I heard) but I am not 100% certain. What I do know is that it really is a beautiful oasis on the outskirts of the walls of the city, besides the few creepers taking over a few of the benches.

Back again in Porta Romana and I could be that lady in the statue called ‘Dietrofront’ by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, I feel like it some days! Early morning traffic while she faces away from the center with a load of stone weighing her down.

2013-03-20 08.50.12Another morning, this time in one of the areas I always seem to be lately – Piazza Ferrucci. These steps “rampa dei bastioni” are absolutely stunning in a majestic kind of way – this runner had the right idea. I can’t lie, the theme song to ‘Rocky’ might have came to my mind for a moment.


Excuse the quality of the above photo – zoom on a Samsung Galaxy isn’t likely to produce a National Geographic quality shot anytime soon but I’m not going to complain. I wanted to kick that guy off his vespa and ride off into the hills myself, we all felt so lucky to have a sunny day after the torrential rains of Florence.


Wine tasting at Piazza del Vino with friends {Campo di Marte area of town} — this place is really nice and I highly recommend stopping by if you are a vino lover like myself or want and want to try really good wine pairings with your dinner.

Stopping for a coffee at Volume Bar in Piazza Santo Spirito – where hipsters of Florence congregate in skinny jeans, fringe vests and sarcastic banter for coffee, crepes and aperitivo at night. My caffe macchiato was 80 cents and that is something that this quasi-fiorentina appreciates – a decently priced cup of caffe!

Ok this was last week but, I really like this angle of Piazza Signoria. My first time at Gucci Museo Cafe and hopefully not my last. Beautiful inside, wi-fi internet, plus they serve you delicious cookies with your coffee. The polar opposite of Volume in Piazza Santo Spirito in terms of style and just what I love about living in Florence.

Just before you start thinking that life here is Candyland –  I really couldn’t leave it without this beautiful photo collage for you all


Since you all know how much I appreciate public transportation, this week was especially fruitful! I don’t know what was spiked in the cappuccini of the local bus drivers but they were insane this week. Driving so fast people were slid all over the bus, myself included.

I wished I was the Indian Goddess Kali with 24 arms to keep from falling off my seat. Plus I spotted another lovely shiny black puffy jacket, the best mullet this side of the mediterranean sea and a guy who decided to take a nap at 6pm at my bus stop. Lovely!

Have a great weekend to you all, who knows what will happen this weekend. You may just read a story in the news of me hijacking an ATAF bus and riding off into the sunset with all of the puffy jackets in Italy in my possession to throw in the Adriatic sea


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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