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The 22:14 Allegro Tosca Sleeper Train From Florence To Vienna Fog, stars, sleeping cars and sleepless nights

In Austria, Destinations, Italy by Nick Nomi2 Comments

We boarded the train in Florence station at just a little after 10:00pm with a rugged bunch of backpackers, ageing Austrian couples and young parents eager to fully experience Europe with their sleep-deprived children. Florence had been an intriguing town once. It still is when one considers it on purely aesthetic grounds. What with the beautiful amber glow that dresses …

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Trattoria Sostanza And The Ignorance of Tourists

In Italy, Opinion, Restaurants and Bars by Nick NomiLeave a Comment

Florence isn’t short on busy little Trattorias that come with love letters posted on blogs, in magazines and review sites from all around the world claiming to have found the best cuisine in the city. Most of these claims are ridiculous. Lazy reviewers who couldn’t help but fall in love with everything that they encountered on their visit to Italy. …

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Il Santo Bevitore Restaurant Review Good Food But Very Little Romance In One Of Oltrarno's Busiest Restaurants

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Il Santo Bevitore is typical of the nuovo of Florentine restaurants. A large, dimly lit open space with a few nooks and a couple of long tables to satiate the Italian love for eating together in large – often gigantic – groups. This, by the way, is why one should always take Tripadvisor reviews with a teaspoon of salt. Especially …

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Tropical Animals Diverse people, good music and a whole different world in Florence

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From the outside, the club scene in Florence can appear a stagnant mess of bad R&B and pop nights designed solely to yank in American students with cut price drinks and terrible, terrible music. Few exceptions exist . One exception however, is the wonderfully raucous Tropical Animals. It has found its home in a few different venues since its inception …

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Balkan Notes On A Florentine Menu | Gurdulù Santa Spirito's Gurdulù Offers A Tasty Twist of Florentine Conventions

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I must admit a past ignorance towards Gurdulù. Although the restaurant opened in 2015, I didn’t come across it until Florence Cocktail Week in April 2016, of which the adjoined cocktail bar, headed up by the talented Sabrina Galloni, were a part. At first glance it looked, save for a nod to a Parisian brasserie, with its elegant, brass and …

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Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli | Florence One of Florence's oldest and most serene churches is also one of its least visited

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If you take a short stroll down the Borgo Santi Apostoli, just moments from the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, you’ll find my favourite piazza in Florence: Piazza dell Limbo, and within this quaint square, the stunning Santi Apostoli Church – and a moment of solitude in an otherwise hectic and overcrowded Tuscan city. As one of the oldest …

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Florence Cocktail Week 2016 The cocktails of The First Florence Cocktail Week

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The first ever Florence Cocktail Week was a resounding success. We found the week long event to be a perfect excuse to sample and resample the best of Florence’s bars. In doing so we made a couple of great discoveries. Most notably the excellent Il Locale bar on Via delle Seggiole and the wonderful Gurdulù Restaurant in Santo Spirito. We …