Category: Italy

Learning Leather: The Scuola del Cuoio in Florence

Learning Leather: The Scuola del Cuoio in Florence

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014 |

My experiences in Florence are largely defined by scents. The enticing smell of fresh leather is pervasive in Florence and one of the nostalgic scents that envelopes my memories of the city. Florence Store Front by John Pastorello, on Flickr Creative Commons The leather trade in Florence is a beautiful example of the marriage of […]

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Worldwide Tipping Guide: Tips for Tipping Around the World

Worldwide Tipping Guide: Tips for Tipping Around the World

[ 0 ] January 8, 2014 |

For those of you who love to travel but can’t quite figure out if tipping is customary in the city you’re visiting, you’ll definitely appreciate our quick tipping guide. With the help of my fellow Sages, here are some tipping pointers that will make your trip less stressful and confusing. Australia:  Casual dining – Tipping is […]

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Hidden Treasures Revealed: The Sweetest Sweets and Cafes of Florence

Hidden Treasures Revealed: The Sweetest Sweets and Cafes of Florence

[ 0 ] January 5, 2014 |

Florence is a whirlwind. A beautiful whirlwind, especially for the tourist on a time crunch. So how will you conquer it all? Frequent pitstops at the most charming of Florentine cafés, of course. There is nothing more rejuvenating than a periodic pausa at a local bar for a hot chocolate, pastry or espresso. Whether you are tackling a taunting […]

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Panforte with a Side of Panettone: Eat Like a Florentine this Season

Panforte with a Side of Panettone: Eat Like a Florentine this Season

[ 0 ] December 16, 2013 |

There are few things more magical than strands of twinkle lights strung between Italian strade, and few things more delicious than Florence’s festive eats. So, in attempts to curb my nostalgic benders of scrolling through hours of #florencelights on Instagram, I have decided to focus on eating and cooking my way through the season like […]

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Exploring an Open-Air Museum: Getting Around Florence

Exploring an Open-Air Museum: Getting Around Florence

[ 0 ] December 9, 2013 |

Few cities offer so many world-class sites, shops, and amenities in so compact an area as Florence. To make sure you see it all (and then some), check out our tips below on the best ways to explore the city. By Foot Undoubtedly my favorite way to get around the city is on my own […]

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Living in the Shadows: The Stefano Bardini Museum

Living in the Shadows: The Stefano Bardini Museum

[ 0 ] December 7, 2013 |

On your trip to Florence, you should go to the Uffizi, you should go to the Accademia and you should climb the cupola of the Duomo. With a list of shoulds however, your vacation can turn from relaxing to stressful in no time. Not to mention the standard shoulds make every tourist’s to do list, […]

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Dine Out by Dining In: Authentic Italian Home Food in Monte Sacro

Dine Out by Dining In: Authentic Italian Home Food in Monte Sacro

[ 0 ] November 30, 2013 |

Rome, aptly named “the Eternal City,” lacks no shortage of things to do and see — a given, considering the several thousands of years of history covered in just one city.  Unfortunately for those of us on vacation, our time is anything but eternal.  And in perfect American fashion, that means packing in as much […]

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Along the Ancient, Artistic Road Less Traveled

Along the Ancient, Artistic Road Less Traveled

[ 0 ] November 24, 2013 |

From the chic clothing in the window-fronts on Via del Corso to the runway-worthy Italian men sauntering up and down the cobble-stoned streets, Rome is full of eye-grabbing magnificence.  There really is no shortage of opportunity to eye-feast in this beautiful city, demonstrated by the seemingly ubiquitous presence of tourists at every major attraction or […]

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Florence by Neighborhood

Florence by Neighborhood

[ 0 ] November 15, 2013 |

One week every June, the city of Florence draws lines in the sand. Suddenly the people are no longer Florentines, but Bianchi (Whites from the Santo Spirito quarter), Azzuri (Blues from Santo Croce), Rossi (Red from Santa Maria Novella), and Verdi (Greens from San Giovanni). Throughout the week, the city convenes in Piazza Santa Croce […]

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Fit for Royalty: Madova Gloves in Florence

Fit for Royalty: Madova Gloves in Florence

[ 0 ] November 8, 2013 |

“Fit for a king or queen” is the standard at this tiny Oltrarno shop in the shadow of Palazzo Pitti. Madova is run by the Donnini family, whose commitment to crafting supremely tailored gloves dates back to 1919. They started producing gloves for rich families, luxury brands and specialty shops in Florence. Soon after, demand […]

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