Typical Tuscan Near Porta Romana: Trattoria Ruggero

There are so many new restaurants in Florence that it’s hard to send people recommendations at times. I always ask myself… what is it that people want? Rustic Tuscan? Are they willing to go near Rifredi? Is this place too modern, has it changed ownership? You can understand, me, right? We all have our favorites […]

A Photographer’s Guide to Capturing and Falling in Love with Florence

My story of falling in love with Italy My love affair with Italy first began when I hopped off a tour bus in Rome nearly 20 years ago. I was enthralled and have remained so ever since, coming back again and again, seduced by the culture, energy and beauty of the country.  At first I […]

September 2018 Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Sweet, sweet September, it combines both the “rientro” return of people back to Florence as summer vacation is officially over and the time when kids start school again. It also coincides with grape harvest season and that also means la schiacciata con l’uva (thanks Emiko!), a delicious bread overly-stuffed with juicy grapes that make any rientro that much easier […]

Festa di San Giovanni: Celebrating The Patron Saint of Florence

There’s always been a bit of a magical air surrounding the month of June in Florence. May can be drastic in its weather variations, cold one moment, raining o uncomfortably warm. June however marks the welcome arrival of summer on the 21st, summer solstice combined with long days as a convivial spirit prevails before the […]

What to Do in May 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

may in florence, italy

No better way to kick off a month than when it falls on a public holiday, albeit one that is dedicated to such a noble cause — commemorating the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886 and the legal establishment of the 8-hour day (more info here). As you would expect, May 1st always feels […]

Ideas For Planning a Bachelorette Party in Florence: Sidecar Tour Meets an Organic Winery

You might assume that living in a place for 11 years means you’ve seen it all. On the contrary I feel like I barely have scarcted the surface when it comes to all the wonderful things there are too appreciate about the city of Florence (the bad stuff too). I first tried a sidecar tour […]

Three Places To Experience Food and Fashion in Florence

In a city as dynamic as Florence, it’s hardly surprising that well-known brands have figured out that food and fashion sells. Of course the old adage was more “sex sells” (still does) but food might just be a dash more popular (and less emotionally draining… well maybe) as I’m starting to see reflected in the […]

What to Do in March 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

March has started with a bang, or rather more accurately, a brief and beautiful snowfall. Of course, that quickly turned to rain but I am still swooning in the memory of walking under snowflakes in Piazza di Santo Spirito. No matter what the weather in March in Florence, Italy, you can be assured that there […]

What to Do in February 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

This month has predictably started in a less than pleasant way. Here I was thrilled to have passed a winter without getting sick, ready to ride out the good fortune until Spring and yes, that’s where it went all downhill. Note to self, never think you are invincible or gloat in the fact that the […]

The Church That Faces the Arno: San Frediano in Cestello

It’s a cold, cold crisp morning. The kind where you can see your breath and the kind that makes you wish you owned thicker socks. I am cursing myself silently for not properly thinking as I rushed to get dressed that morning. Just a thin jacket, vintage which means the sleeves are too short. A […]

Festive Florence: 15 Quality Gift Ideas from Tuscany

It’s that time of year again when I try to stop procrastinating and get my holiday shopping done in advance before our big trip to America this December. Our plans this year are to stop by Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego (tips welcome!) before heading to spend Christmas and NYE with family and friends. I […]

September Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

I absolutely love September.  The humidity of August has a tendency to linger, sure. But what lies in waiting is the promise of cooler evenings and an abundance of everything, events, food festivals, wine, work. Traditionally in Italy, September marks the start of wine harvest season when farmers start collecting grapes from their vineyards. Truth […]

Île-de-Bréhat: A Blissful Getaway Off the Coast of Brittany

Looking for that ideal cosmopolitan city with boundless energy and an exciting nightlife to rival the best clubs of Parisian nightlife? Well, the Île-de-Brèhat is anything but that. In fact, it’s a place that couldn’t possibly be more different than France’s most visited city. Here you’re far more likely to run into a precocious crab […]

What to Eat and Drink in Italy When It’s Stinking Hot

This summer has been anything but pleasant.  I know you might be thinking “hey but you’re in Italy, what right do you have to complain.” Point taken but this August 2017, I actually really can – the NYTimes have settled on the name “Lucifer” to explain the phenomenon across Southern Europe. Temperatures have topped 103-105 […]

August Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

It’s Sunday afternoon and I have nothing to do.  This is one of the first weekends where am I actually able to say that. Gone is the whirlwind that was my visitors from Texas, and my obligations for work trips that brought me to Nice, France—the Dolomites, among numerous day trips into the lush countryside […]