Tag Archives: Italy

Road Trip in Casentino | Exploring The Less Touched Tuscan Valley

If I am asked to choose one expression to describe August in Florence, it would be “Chiudo Per Ferie” (Closed for Holidays). Once August arrives, I immediately found Florence more spacious. Most of the Florentines are off, leaving the city to the tourists. Don’t be surprised to find a closing door to your favorite shops […]
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Barone Ricasoli | Where The Rules Of Chianti Wine Origins

For those of you, who are Chianti wine lovers or just simply interested in Tuscany wine, do you know who was the one set the Chianti wine formula? Or you were like me, just assumed that it was an united agreement by all the Chianti wine makers long long time ago to use at least […]
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Florence vs. Hong Kong | Comparison by An Asian Expat in Italy

  Finally after one year, this article comes out. During my first year in Florence, I’ve kept receiving questions from friends, sometimes my readers, asking: How is life in Italy? Do you like it here? Do you miss Hong Kong…… Origin from China, I do miss my cultures, my family and friends a lot. But […]
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Best of the Year: To My First Year in Italy (May 2015 – April 2016)

Time flies faster than we realize. In a few weeks, I will officially be one-year resident in Florence. Looking back to the past year, I feel so blessed: I managed to settle here, made quite a number of local friends, traveled around Tuscany, armed myself with knowledge of Italian cultures. In the meanwhile of looking […]
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A Day Trip to La Foce: Secret Garden Tour Followed by Real Local Taste

Tuck away my heavy feather jacket, take out my trench coat and colorful ballerina shoes, as the Spring is officially here! Me and my husband had been wanting a nice day trip in Tuscany for a while, however the past unpredictable weather held us from actually doing it. But last week we finally made it! […]
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4 Tips on How to Distinguish Good/Bad Gelato

Anybody who comes to visit Italy must also come with the money and appetite for the Italian food. No matter if it is a simple plate of pasta with tomato sauce, pizza margherita, or steak Fiorentina over a glass of wine, etc. we kinda expect Italian does it better! And when it comes to Gelato […]
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My Interview by Local Newspaper Il Reporter

My March starts well. After a rainy week in the past, finally we are facing a few days of sunshine (although the past weekend is quite wet and cold). Another thing that makes me happier is reading my interview published on the local newspaper Il Reporter. Valentina Veneziano, a journalist and  freelance writer, did an […]
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A Day Trip During the Weekend to Castello del Trebbio

It all started with Love… 1960 Eugenie who was heading to Italy from Austria, met the man of her life on the train. They got married, had five kids together. And on 1968 they decided to buy the Castello del Trebbio and live there full-time! They started to plant vineyard, olive trees, and made their […]
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Weekend in Venice, Right On Time for the Carnival

There are some must-dos on my list after moving to Italy, one of them is to see the Venetian Carnival. The hand-made sophisticated masks and those eyes hidden behind had been fascinating me since long time. This year the Venetian Carnival falls between 23 January to 9 February. Having the willingness of my parents-in-law to take […]
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Weekend in Rome, Explore Eternal City in Unusual Way

“Have you (physically) been to Rome?” “Yes! Ten years ago!” “Have you really seen Rome?” “…No.” Ten years ago, I arrived Rome with my best friend. Of course we visited Rome in the Chinese way: we went to the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Vatican City, tracing a famous gelateria listed on the tourist guide, […]
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