Very Old Florentine Apothecaries

Pharmacies, drugstores, chemist’s shops, dispensaries– whatever you call them – are not exactly the kind of place most of us like to hang around. We go there to buy some medicine and sometimes a few other items, and that’s about it.

There is one pharmacy in Florence, though, that I love to linger at, and I’m not the only one to feel this way. Continue Reading →

A Rare Occasion – The Private Gardens of Palazzo Corsini in Florence

If you happen to be in Florence in May, there is a special event you must make sure not to miss. This year again, from May 16th to May 19th (Thursday to Sunday), the 19th edition of the Artigianato e Palazzo  annual exhibition will be held at the same exceptional venue where it has been taking place since its creation. For its visitors, this event is always a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

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My Idea of a Lovely Hotel – The Hotel Palazzo Guadagni in Florence

A room with a view… This is what I would like to share with you this week: a room with a view which I had fantasized about for years before discovering it, at long last. Continue Reading →

My Favourite Leather Shops in Florence

One of my closest friends has been dreaming of that for years: a dark green belt made of the best Italian leather.

She’s lucky because Christmas is around the corner, and I know exactly where to find the belt of her dreams: in Florence, in one of the three leather boutiques I want to tell you about this week. I am also going to have her initials marked next to the buckle: ZZ.  No link to Zorro or ZZ Top.

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Great Light Lunches in Florence (part 2)

Because I usually keep my promises, here are – as promised – my two extra luncheon picks for anyone visiting beautiful Florence, Italy. Like the first two I gave you last week, they will offer you a fulfilling gourmet and cultural experience. And they won’t break your bank account! Continue Reading →

Great Light Lunches in Florence (part 1)

As is often the case, it’s only 10 am and I already have a hungry eye trained on the upcoming lunch – even though I had a hearty breakfast just two hours ago! There’s something wrong with me, I know. But rest assured: my mind will remain focused on today’s topic. And today’s topic is: “How to have an exquisite yet affordable lunch under Florence’s midday sun”. Continue Reading →


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