Travel on the Side

On our first day trip from Florence, we ventured off to enchanting Venice. Chaperoning students can be a bit like herding cats, but by hook or by crook we all made it...

So for all of June, Florence was hot…usually 90 Fahrenheit or above. Abundant sunshine and blue skies every day. And dry. Not a drop of rain…until my second to last night...

In Florence, my home base was near Santa Maria Novella, one of the many historic churches. This basilica seems like an underrated tourist site to me. Its close proximity to the...

Palazzo Vecchio (“old palace”) is the heart of Renaissance Florentine politics. Actually, it still functions as the heart of politics in Florence as the town hall. Located on Piazza della Signoria, the...

Florence is known as a city of squares, from the famous Piazza del Duomo to the Piazza della Repubblica with its darling carousel. It where people gather, where they eat, where...

I visited Florence in June for 21 days. It was hot. It only rained once. Most days wwere above 90 Fahrenheit and I was looking for shade. The center of Florence...

I can’t quite decide on the word I would use to describe Palazzo Pitti–the Pitti Palace. Opulent would work. So would sumptuous. Decadent? Yep, that would be good too. All are...

Continuing an on art theme, the other big draw in Florence for art is, of course, the statue of David by Michelangelo. Housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia, the David statue captures all of the...

Art lovers naturally gravitate to the Uffizi Gallery. For everyone else, a visit to Florence should not be considered complete without at least a look-through at the Uffizi. It’s simply the essence...

While chaperoning the college group in Florence, one of my favorite activities we did was to take a cooking class. One morning, we got up early, met at Piazza della Repubblica...