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Winter Season is Here!

The colours of the leaves are changing, weekend visits to the sea have ceased, new study abroad students who arrived in September are now well immersed in their studies and projects; there’s a sort of fresh crispness to the air and if you haven’t done so already – it’s definitely…

Florencetow & Angeli del Bello
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Become an Angel of Florence

Becoming an ‘angel of Florence’ is something I only recently discovered here in this city and am pleased to have done so. Considering I have always had a penchant for doing what I can to give back to the community I live in, I am excited to share with you…

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Siena, San Gimignano and much more..

Ever wonder what it’s like to explore a tiny, medieval town of just fifty people, walk the grounds on which the historic Palio di Siena has taken place since the year 1656, or perhaps taste a Chianti Classico… I bought the tour “Siena and San Gimignano” at the Tourist Point,…

Florencetown Mondiali Ciclismo
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Tips for trips – Road World Championships in Florence

If you haven’t heard already, the UCI Road World Championships, that is, the annual world championships for bicycle road racing, will be taking place in Florence starting from tomorrow September 21st to September 29th. The first world championships took place in 1921, though the only event that was contested was…

Discover 5 terre Florencetown
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Cinque Terre: Italian Paradise

Cinque Terre: the Italian paradise that translates to “Five Villages”, where its coast sits along the Italian Riviera. Naturally, given its name, it is comprised of five separate villages known as: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Personally, it comes as no surprise to me that Cinque Terre is such…

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Musical Adventures in Florence

As an aspiring opera singer, I’ve taken an active interest in seeing live music, particularly classical music, in and around the city of Florence whenever I’m able. Not surprisingly, this quest has proven easy when you consider that Florence is the birthplace of opera, and therefore, home to many spectacular…

Horseriding tour
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Back on the Saddle

This past weekend I had the opportunity of going horseback riding through the beautiful Tuscan countryside after signing up for the Horses & Vineyards: Horseback Riding Tour in Tuscany through Florencetown. I was a little nervous as I had only been on a horse once in my life before, and…

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Historical Florentine Game, the “Calcio Storico Fiorentino”

Calcio Storico, which literally translates to ‘Historical Football’, is one of the most highly anticipated football events that takes place in Florence every third week in June; and we all know how serious Italians are about their football.  If you don’t believe me, just witness the Historic Parade that leads…

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Palio di Siena – The Horse Race Experience

Siena is a famous city in beautiful Tuscany and is well known for many things including its art, food, architecture and is also home to the Palio di Siena, or simply referred to by locals as Il Palio.  If you plan on coming to Florence, then make sure to visit…

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Piazza della Repubblica and Farmer’s markets

Piazza della Repubblica.  One of the oldest squares in Florence marking the city center, which has certainly seen it’s fair share of activity and excitement over the years.  Although this square has undergone some change, one of the great things that both locals and tourists have come know and love…

Florencetown coffee
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“Prediamo un café?” Italian rules for coffee..

Italy seems to have a defined way of going about the day and consuming this beverage. It shows based on the many variations this beverage comes in, and one would think coffee was invented in this country. Cappuccino, caffe espresso, macchiato, shakerato, caffe latte, coretto, doppio, and in vetro are just…