Mercado Centrale

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Mercado Centrale Firenze is a food lovers dream. The building dates back to 1870 and designed by Giuseppe Mengori who also designed the fabulous Galleria Vittoria Emanuele Ii in Milano. On the ground floor you will find the butchers, fishmongers and fruit and Vegetable vendors. I will come back and do a blog on this at another time. The second level is a one-stop food shopping center, divided into … Read More

Colle di Val d’Elsa…day 3

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August 15 is my birthday. It is also a holy day for Catholics, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, as well as a huge holiday in Italy, Ferragosa, when everything closes. It dates back to 18BC when the land owners would give their workers a very rare day off.  Now most people take much more than a day off. Some stores are closed the entire month and … Read More

Colle di Val d’Esla…Day 2

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I got up early and decided to wander the areas that most people don’t go and see what I could find interesting. I immediately got caught up with the wood doors. The town is divided the bridge. Back in medieval times it was two separate towns and many battles ensued. Having a draw bridge cam in handy. Walking down under the bridge was interesting. Back on the bridge … Read More

Colle di Val d’Esla..Day 1

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 di Val d’Elsa is a little town in Tuscany that most tourist know nothing about.  They prefer to go to the overly crowded Siena or San Gimignano.  I had the pleasure of visiting this place last fall when I came to visit my friend Cecilia’s villa, Podere Scopicciollo It is an hour and a half bus trip from Florence and after Cecilia showing me around I knew we would be … Read More

Weekend Fun

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I love to entertain and was very excited when I found out my friend Christina and her fiancée Justin were coming to Florence for a wedding.

I am a Lucky Girl

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When I had made the decision to move to Florence, Italy I set out to find my “perfect” new home. i knew exactly what area I wanted to live since I spent sometime here last year and that is a big hurdle conquered. There are a few  Short and long term rental agencies in Florence and I searched endlessly determined I would find the right place. After hitting  a … Read More