Don’t miss the best of Florence

Da non perdere il meglio della Firenze!    Don’t miss the best of Florence!

If you are planning a trip to Italy or just want to re-live a previous experience, our Italian city presentations will delight you.  T

Take a virtual trip to the highlights of Florence with art scholar Rosa Di Grottole as your guide.  Rosa lived there for over 10 years studying art and the history of this famous birthplace of the Renaissance.  Florence was home to free thinkers, to sculptors, artists, and architects, and to one of the most powerful families in Europe, the Medici.  

But Florence is not just a city of dead history.  Every day the residents and visitors alike are immersed in music and art that blends history with a modern era.  Just listed as one of the world’s coolest places to live is Florence’s San Frediano.

On the southern side of Florence’s Arno river, the San Frediano neighborhood is breathing new life into the Oltrarno area, known more for its artisans than hipster appeal. With its narrow streets and tiny sidewalks, all the action is sandwiched between one of the city’s last remaining ancient gates and Borgo San Frediano.

After a day in the museums this neighborhood is the trendy place to eat, drink, and relax.  Consider, Gesto where the salvaged and upcycled vintage interior blends nicely with their tasty, tapas-style bites. Located nearby is possibly the best craft cocktail bar in town: Mad Souls & Spirits. Here, locals flock to try the concoctions dreamed up by cult alchemists Neri Fantechi and Julian Biondi in a tiny space with brick walls and exposed copper piping.

October 22 begins Rosa’s presentations on the keystone cities of Italy.  Sign-up now for the 3-Sunday presentation on Florence, Rome, and Venice:  REGISTER


Starbucks a Milano? Orrori!!!

The Starbucks ideal had been an authentic Italian experience.  Then came the translation into an American experience (extra cream, sugar, and sprinkles please).  Now Starbucks wants to export their version back to the source.

Will is play in their home town?

Time will tell – from the internet today read:
Coffee Italian Style


Dove si mangia in Trastevere?

No one visits Rome without at least a few hours spent in the quirky Trastevere area.  Neat little boutiques, historical churches, fine osterie, and people who enjoy life day and (especially) night.

This PDF lists 11 great places to eat and goes in depth on one restaurant – Le Mani in Pasta

See:  Trastevere Restaurants