Before going to Italy, and to get a feel for places to visit and activities to do on your next holiday, check out some of these great Italian blogs.
I Love Florence
Elena has been writing her “diary” of what she does in Florence or what she recommends you do in the capital of Tuscany daily. Elena’s site Io Amo Firenze which in English means “I Love Florence” provides recommendations on where to go out for dinner, exhibitions, bars, live music, clubbing and other events taking place in the city. She has written around 284 restaurant reviews and her blog is so popular that she receives more than 2000 users a day. Her blog is about those who love Florence and following the success of her site, Elena has now written a book about her love of Florence
Florence is not just a summer destination, there are plenty of places to visit leading up to Christmas. During this time, there is a small Christmas Market in Santa Croce in the centre of Florence. There are wooden stands with typical food products and Christmas tree decorations from Europe and Italy. There is also the ice rink the centre and it is also open on New Year’s Eve!. On the 31st of December don’t miss the free live classic concert in the center of Florence.
For those who like fashion and cinema, until the 28th of January there is an exhibition of original Marilyn Monroe stage costumes, shoes and accessories at Ferragamo Museum. Elena personally recommends it, in her words, it is “incredibile!” (same meaning in English)
Husband and wife team Katia and Niccolo are the owners of Newblog.aboutItaly. The blog was set up in 2007 with the aim of creating a site with useful information and tips about what to see and do all over Italy. They also wanted to promote the different events and festivals taking place throughout the country at different parts of the year.
The site is updated twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays in both Italian and English so they can reach a wide audience. For Halloween celebrations next week, they have just published an article about the scariest Halloween parties in Italy, where festiva- goers can find out about some of the exciting Halloween events taking place in the main cities in Italy. Check out the site fore more information about Lucca Comics (1st to 4th Nov.), the Book Trade Fair in Pisa (taking place on 10th and 11th Nov.), Florence Marathon (25th Nov.), and from the end of November and in the whole month of December they will publish articles about the many Christmas markets in Italy and the several events taking place at Christmas time.
The website receives over 140,000 visits a month and has more than 23,000 Facebook fans which is not surprising as the site has everything a visitor to Italy could wish for. There is information about what to see and do in all parts of the country, information about Italian schools and even where and how to plan your own Italian wedding. Italy Magazine caters for those who are after cookery holidays, those who want guided vacations and also those who enjoy trekking and hiking in the Italian countryside.
The Curious Eater
The Curious Eater was set up by Sofie, a Belgian, living in Florence. A freelance photographer, her blog is full of unique and interesting photos of her time at different restaurants and food she loves. As her blog says, she is a curious eater and wants to discover the people behind the delicious food she finds. Sofie writes about eating in Belgium, but mostly about Florence and Tuscany. Her work has been published in the US, Italy and Belgium. Sofie says “I think I have the best job in the world!” and who could disagree with her, eating and taking photographs throughout Italy sounds like a great job.