Inside the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

It’s a blogging tradition around here to post a trip bucket list for every return to Italy. This one is a bit shorter than those of the past (2013, 2014). That’s due in large part to the fact that my other Italo-loving half, Hannah, won’t be along with me (she’ll certainly be there in spirit!). […]

Kansas City Royals, Photo Credit:

Time for a bit of a geographic detour: Last week, the Kansas City Royals (from Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.) won the World Series for the first time in 30 years. That means, that in my lifetime, I had never seen my home team take the crown. Rather, I lived through 27 opening days hearing the […]


November, November. You can be cruel, with heavy rains and crazy fluctuating temperatures. But I’ve been not-so-patiently awaiting your arrival, as during your days I will be reunited with the city we all adore, Firenze. So until my trip, I’ll be crossing days off my calendar and stalking you via this webcam of Piazza Signoria. […]


Fading into the infrastructure of the bustling Via de’ Cerretani and set in the shadow of Brunelleschi’s dome, Santa Maria Maggiore may just be the most forgettable church in Florence. The typical passerby would likely skip by the church, without notice, on his or her way to the Duomo or to the train station. Today, I think […]

Our friends acting too cool for the San Marco Pharmacy

It’s no secret that Hannah and I are smitten with fall. Heavy heat just isn’t our thing–we’d rather take a grey day here and there with cooler temperatures. So as we feel now is one of the best times to explore the city, we thought we’d dig through the archives and share our favorite walks […]


I once cried tears of joy over a piece of tiramisu (Meg can vouch). For me, “the one that got away” is a strawberry and dark chocolate gelato I dropped on Via Tavolini. One evening in Florence I looked at my Gusta pizza and truly wondered if it was possible that pizza could be my soulmate. As […]

Palazzo Corsini

Usually these event posts are a bit bittersweet. It’s awesome to see so many free (and budget-friendly) things to do in Florence, but it’s sad we’re not there to take part. Luckily, I’ll be making a return visit next month! If you’re in town, I’d love to see you. Until then I’ll be counting down the […]


Cortona, Italy – the epitome of Tuscan beauty. Maze-like cobblestone streets, an enoteca around every corner,  panoramas of sweeping sunflower fields, cozy cafés and austere churches. This hilltop town is everything you fantasized your vacanza in Toscana to be. Although unassuming, the quiet hill town has attracted thousands of years of attention thanks to her fertile land […]


A fresh college-ruled notebook, the smell of old books in the library stacks, triple checking your course schedule and room numbers before the first day of classes–Meg and I love school. I’m talking truly, deeply, should I give up my steady paycheck and return to a life of term papers and spaghetti-Os? love school. We realize that few […]


Others may be mourning the end of summer, but I am a superfan of September. I have always welcomed the leafy breezes and anticipated with full nerd-status the start of a new school year. That autumn love continues to this day, especially in Florence. Cooler temps and a bunch of fall festivals (check out the calendar!) make this […]