Author: Lourdes Flores

An American living in Florence for over 10 years, Lourdes continues to explore and discover new places in Tuscany with the eyes of a tourist but with the experience of living in Italy. She shares her experiences on this blog and website, particularly offering lots of travel planning help on the Forum!

La Lastra Wine Shop is Online

July 17, 2020

If you’re missing Italy and your Italian wines, then it is a pleasure to find wineries that have used the months of lock-down to ensure it is easy for you to order your favorite wines directly online. This is the case for the organic wine estate La Lastra just outside of Siena. We’ve visited the…

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Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa reopens its monuments and museums

May 29, 2020

It will once again be possible to visit the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, including the Leaning Tower, starting May 30th. The Leaning Tower, the cathedral, baptistery, Camposanto and Museum of the Opera del Duomo will reopen their doors after almost 3 months of being closed due to the coronavirus health crisis. The sights will…

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There is always hope, even when you cannot leave home

March 13, 2020

There is always hope. Even though we are stuck at home, the streets are mostly deserted, we can still reach out to others. Here are some pics of the main squares in Tuscany, from Pisa to Siena to Florence over the last few days. Pisa, on March 9, compared to one year ago. In Siena,…

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Coronavirus in Florence & Tuscany Update

March 9, 2020

Updates on the coronavirus in Florence and Tuscany – March 9 I have chosen to start a new post with updated information on the coronavirus in our region rather than continue to update my initial post about the coronavirus. In this way, we can see how things are evolving. I’ve chosen to maintain the same…

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Coronavirus in Florence and Tuscany

February 27, 2020

Answers to the most important questions for anyone traveling or planning to travel in Tuscany – our most updated version is here. Coronavirus. Now known as the COVID-19. It’s been scaring the whole planet since January, and rightly so, because it is more easily contagious than the more common influenza and rhino viruses we are…

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Fucecchio Bike & Ride October 18-20

October 11, 2019

Do you love to bike? Then the Fucecchio Bike & Ride is the place to be the weekend of October 18-20! The last stop of this year’s Slow Travel Fest is centered in Fucecchio, a splendid hamlet along the Via Francigena and Via Romea Strata not far from Florence. From Friday through Sunday October 18-20,…

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Wine Harvest & Tastings at the Malenchini Wine Estate

October 7, 2019

Do you love wine? This is the best season in Tuscany if you do love wine, as the whole region is harvesting its vineyards…. some estates start earlier, some later, depending on where they are and the climate. We’ve had the chance to peek into the world of wine at the Malenchini wine estate, which…

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Top Sagre in Tuscany this Fall

October 4, 2019

Fall in Tuscany means enjoying the products that nature gives us, and here this season it translates into truffles, extra virgin olive oil and chestnuts! This literally transforms into “food festivals” or as they are called in Italian, sagre, every weekend where one or all of the season’s products are highlighted, savored and sold. There…

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Salamarzana Medieval Fair in Fucecchio

September 2, 2019

September is a month with many events occurring every weekend, it will be hard to choose where to head off to. No matter when you’re here, you’ll find something fun and interesting! In that vein, if you’re here this upcoming weekend, September 7-8, and interested in traveling back in time to the Middle Ages in…

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Spring in Elba: FREE night’s stay if it rains!

May 17, 2019

We just heard of an interesting project that hotels & B&Bs on the island of Elba have cooked up to invite more visitors this May. The #ElbaNoRain project offers visitors the night’s stay free of charge if during the day it rains for more than 2 hours between the hours of 10am and 8pm. This,…

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