Hello, friends! February has been kind to us so far, as we recently found out that we’ve been nominated in Italy Magazine’s Blog Awards again this year! Our post, 8 Tips for Maximizing Your Time in Florence, has been selected as a contender for Best Single Travel Post. We couldn’t be happier to be listed among some great blogs we read regularly (like Green Holiday Italy, Italian Fix and Bella Bagni di Lucca) as well as discovered some wonderful ones (weve fallen hard for i diari della lambretta).
Perusing that collection inspired us to make our own list of some Italy articles we’ve been reading lately. Below is a brief round-up of everything from Oltrarno artisans to permesso di soggiorno instructions. We hope there’s something in there for everyone–even those of us that are longing for Italy from a distance.
And if you’d like to vote for us, please visit here and scroll down to the bottom. Thanks in advance for your support!
Craving a bit of la dolce vita in your life? The books on this list should do the trick. A few classics on here, as well as some we’d never heard of.
Our love and admiration for Alexandra Lawrence is no secret. So when a post popped up on Savoring Italy, authored by Alexandra and promising “your own private Uffizi,” we’re all in. Tuck this one away for your next visit.
Our friend Birgitte has been posting some wonderful Florentine round-ups lately: where to grab a quick bite, where to shop, where to eat if you’re vegan or vegetarian, and so on. Our personal favorite? This one here.
Having a case of the Mondays is bad enough, but it’s exacerbated in a place like Italy where many things are closed for business. Well, never hit that weekday slump again with Georgette’s round-up of places to go on any lunedì.
Prepare to be charmed as Valentina introduces us to three artisans on the Oltrarno and discusses how they carry on artistic practices dating back to the likes of Cellini.
Last but certainly not least, we saw more than a few people share this over the past few months, and for good reason. Rick of Rick’s Rome, a wonderful blog with an approachable host that isn’t afraid to walk newbies through the landmines of Italian bureaucracy (brave man!), took the time to type up a full walk-through of the promesso di soggiorno process. It’s an awful one, but Rick’s write up can help you feel less defeated by sharing in your struggles.