Girl in Florence

A Tuscan Texan immersed in Florentine life

Italy blogs I love

Embrace your inner tourist
Embrace your inner tourist

When I first came to Florence, Italy – long before I ever decided to start writing this blog, I used to absorb myself in different blogs based here as inspiration. While now I tend to read a variety of both Italian and English ones, at the end time my Italian wasn’t so great and I was looking for perspectives similar to mine. Namely combing through stories of people who had started a new life, new job, new love in Dante’s hometown. I appreciate the local blog-o-sphere more than ever and want to share the love :-).

While some of the blogs I read in the beginning haven’t remained, after all many people have come and gone in this sometimes transient city. A product of life in a place that isn’t at all easy to actually live-work-support yourself.

Here is a list of blogs that I read on a regular basis whose words have made me feel at home, made me laugh or inspired me. And guess what, you should read them too!

  • 1. La Vita E Bella Blog. I know I am biased because they Kate & Rob are friends of mine but I also love their {read-her} blog. They are a young American family who have chosen to live and work from Florence and their blog is about their life here. I have seen them from the beginning of their journey until now – and seen the blog’s transition as well.  They embrace the Italian lifestyle and give hope to those looking to start a family in il bel paese. Well worth a read + they happen to take amazing photos of life {and their beautiful baby girl} around town! Some of my favorite blogs of her’s include her Tuesday – tech talks {I always could use some tips} and though I don’t have a kid myself, I appreciate the time and effort they take to blog about handling Florence with a baby.

  • Very well written art, travel blog & expat life by my friend Alexandra Korey.  I love her blog because she is a fabulous writer who actually makes me want to discover more about the art world in the city. She lets us know about cool night-museum-visit events such as this, cool street art in Berlin , and shares her sometimes hatred for Ataf (the local bus company).

  • Driving like a maniac. Kate Bailward is an English EFL teacher in none of than Sicily. She has a beautiful knack for storytelling and as an avid reader, I think this girl has what it takes to write a great book. Plus she has a pretty self-deprecating sense of humor which I really appreciate. Some of my favorite posts of her’s include The Motorcycle Diary & the hilarious ‘How to go Speed Dating‘ .

SO now it’s your turn! What are you reading that I may have missed? 


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13 Responses

  1. I am honored to be included in such illustrious company, Georgette–thank you 🙂

    It’s also comforting to know I am leaving Florence in such capable hands: you’re all fabulous bloggers and will do her proud!

    Un bacio,

  2. I just returned from a 40ish day adventure in Italia. 12 of those days I spent in Firenze and LOVED, LOVED it. Right when I returned I started planning my next trip. Thanks for sharing these blogs as they will keep me company (here in Texas) in the interim.

    1. Thank you Paige! I am happy you loved it :-). firenze is truly a great city. Where in texas are you from? I’m originally from San Antonio!

  3. Great post, Italy is such a beautiful place, desperately want to go back! Until then I’ll have lots of blogs to inspire me!

  4. Great post, thanks! Just one question – where is the photo at the top taken as I’m coming to Florence in 3 weeks with a friend and would love to find it! Gerat view over the city too! Grazie!

      1. Great thanks! And not too late as I’ll be back in Florence in the spring I think so I’ll give it a look! Cheers!! Lizzie

Georgette Jupe

Welcome to my personal blog by a curious American girl living and working between Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy with my husband Nico, our newborn Annabelle and Ginger the beagle. This space is primarily to share about my love for Italy (currently on a 13 year romance) with a fair amount of real talk, practical advice, travel suggestions and adjusting to a new culture (Switzerland). Find me on IG @girlinflorence @girlinzug

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