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Don’t Just Drive Through Tuscany – Secrets from our experience

If it’s a trip to Italy that’s on your mind, a drive through Tuscany probably ranks pretty high on the list of things you want to do. And sure enough, when we were planning our trip, we were both very sure we wanted to drive through the little hills and villages we’d seen during our research. We later discovered that there’s little that actually matches the experience of discovering these magical hill

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Top 10 Things to do in Florence

It’s tough picking the top 10 things to do in Florence, Italy. There’s so much to do and see/ feel/ experience/ taste, that a short stay in our favourite Italian city can be overwhelming and leave you feeling disappointed. The thing about Florence is, underneath its sophisticated modern-day veneer lies a medieval town full of secrets and a Renaissance epicentre brimming with beauty. Peeling back these layers takes time, and

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The best souvenirs from Tuscany

Wondering what to bring back from Italy? They don’t call life there La Dolce Vita for nothing, for when it comes to bringing back a piece of it, Tuscany offers up a whole collection of souvenirs, and like us, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. Thankfully, we’ve trawled a whole lot of shops and boutiques, to find the best souvenirs from Tuscany! 1. Alcohol The Wines. We absolutely love

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Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu, Florence – Guests of the Baroness

The Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu is not a hotel. With its illustrious history, authentic furnishings and gracious host, it is a palace. With its modern fittings, exceptional service and unparalleled location along the Arno, it is the kind of place to call home. Nothing could have prepared us for this most unique stay experience in Florence. We were let in by the palace concierge. We crossed the courtyard and ascended

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How to Avoid Museum Fatigue in Europe

Museum fatigue is that feeling of just walking through a museum, looking but not really seeing, as row after row of sculpture or painting just blurs and everything seems the same. Your legs drag behind you, your mind shuts down, and it becomes about as enjoyable as having a tooth extracted. As travellers who enjoy the cultural aspects of travel, discovering art is such an integral part of every trip we

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – The Florence Duomo

The Florence Duomo as the Florence Cathedral or Santa Maria del Fiore is more commonly known is by far the most iconic vista of Florence, showing up in nearly every picture postcard or image search of Florence. And for good reason. The cathedral, an ambitious plan for its time, sat dome-less for over a 100 years because they simply did not have the technology to build such a large dome at

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Riva Lofts, Florence – The countryside in the city

Riva Lofts, Florence. A beautiful set of lofts south of the Arno in a quieter part of the city, this was an absolute gem of a find. We love slow travel, unfortunately as travel bloggers there are times when keeping up with the million things we have to do makes us zip at high speed. So we were thankful for this chance to spend some downtime recharging our batteries at

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Residenza Johanna I, Florence – Old suite charm!

The Residenza Johanna I. Nothing could have been better for our first night in Italy. This charming set of suites in Northern Florence, didn’t feel like a hotel but like being guests at a local’s lavish home as it sat in a beautiful residential building. Residenza Johanna I, Florence The Residenza Johanna I featured several suites, all with attached bathrooms and elegant fittings. Pushing the buzzer on the gate, and

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