Category Archives: Tuscany

Florence’s Ferragamo Museum

When you are only going to the Florence for the day, you pray it doesn’t rain. When you do inevitably get caught in rain, it is time to come up with a quick Plan B. Sara and I found ourselves in just such a situation and decided that it was a fine excuse to pop in […]

7 Things to Know Before You Visit Terme: Natural Hot Springs in Italy

If you are planning a trip to Tuscany, you are signing up for all kinds of indulgences. After all the hard work of eating truffles and drinking Chianti, you might want to enjoy a bit of well earned relaxation. Terme, natural hot springs, are a fantastic way to soak in the Italian lifestyle. Some are […]

Ditta Artigianale: Third Wave Coffee in Florence

ditta artigianale in Florence

Happy National Coffee day to my fellow Americans! I love me some coffee. Most days, slightly burnt and rather acidic Roman espresso will do just fine. Other times, I have to go to Florence for the day. Ditta Artigianale was everything I dreamed it would be. The second location, in Florence’s Oltrarno area, is a […]

The Siena Palio: More Religion than Race

I have something that I affectionately refer to as my Italian Bucket List. Hiking the Stromboli Volcano? Check. Battle of the Oranges? That was on it, but is now complete. Siena’s Palio? I have yet to fulfill my dream of experiencing the tradition first hand. The race is controversial because it is also dangerous. Siena’s […]

Day Trip to the Tenuta Monteti Winery in Southern Tuscany

One of the reasons that I am thankful I moved to Italy is the pace of life. Though even here it’s hard for me to avoid getting caught up in the daily grind. When a friend asked me to hit pause and join her for lunch in Tuscany, of course I said yes. No matter how busy […]

Eating Lampredotto: Cow Stomach Sandwich in Florence

Senti. Listen. I love food, but I am not one of those people who will eat anything. I don’t take some perverse pleasure in enjoying the weirdest edible I come across. But I am someone who will TRY to eat anything. I ate bugs in Mexico City. (Some were ok. Some made me want to […]