Italy

I have been in love with Italy since I stepped off the plane in the Peretola Airport for the first time.  It is the first country outside of the United States that I was able to discover extensively on my own.

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Seriously, how can you not love this?  View from Piazzale di Michelangelo.

I quickly fell in love with the culture, the architecture, the people, and the poignant disregard for time.  The landscape leaves nothing short, from beautiful beaches, to cool mountains filled year round with snow, massive volcanoes that destroy entire civilizations, and eloquent hillsides.

The way of life in Italy embraces you, or it spits you back out running to America, there’s few who live in-between.  Slow paced, long dinners, time is not money here.  Stepping away from the tourist traps, the focus is on quality, and once you’ve had that freshly made pasta it’s hard to go back.

Don’t even get me started on the pizza, I’m pretty sure I have 8 favorite pizza places in Florence alone.  Everyone knows and has heard the food in Italy is amazing, but there is no real comparison until you’ve tried it for yourself.  As for gelato…who really likes that stuff…I mean really?  (Please know I’m kidding I think part of my body has turned into gelato I eat it so much).  And that brings us to the wine. Chianti and Prosecco have become a necessary staple in my house at all times…there are at least one or two bottles lying around at any given moment waiting for company, dinner, a movie night, or just an average Tuesday.

I could go on and on for days about Florence and different places I’ve visited, but check out my stuff for yourself!  Here are tips, tricks, and personal memoirs from a girl spending her time in one of the most fashionable places in the world.  Italy.

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