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Christmas magic amidst lace, silk and embroidery

The season is upon us — glittering firs, the scent of cinnamon... in the mood for snow while sneaking bites of Christmas cake. We get inspired to decorate our homes and bake reindeer-shaped cookies. This is the season of little pleasures, sipping coffee together at breakfast, sitting by a fire and keeping warm together, stealing a minute from her hectic cold days to tell someone we love them, and, of course, presents under the tree. Yes, presents too. Because Christmas may be about spirit, love

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The Mall, Luxury Outlet

Florence is famed for more than its historical and cultural treasures. Our city is also the place to go for those who love great shopping and high fashion. If you're on the hunt for designer clothes and accessories, don't skip a visit to The Mall, the outlet for top designers, where you can snap up outfits by the world's most famous designers at great prices. Open year round from 10 am to 7 pm (and 8 pm in the summer), The Mall should be on the agenda of anyone who loves

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Christmas Presents in Florence

We're down to the last few days before all your presents? If you are still looking for an idea for a loved one, consider some of these special Christmas gifts you can find in Florence. We want to tell you about special places in the center of Florence, places that you can't find just anywhere! Let's start with a place quite close to our hotel. There is a historic English "herbalist's shop" in Via Tornabuoni where you can find beauty products of the highest quality, such as

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“Todo Modo”: Bookshop, cafe and theater in one

In Via dei Fossi, last November 18, the independent bookstore "Todo Modo" opened its door to a 180 sq.m. space, offering, beyond books, theatrical shows and chance to sit down for a coffee. More than a bookstore, Todo Modo — whose name comes from Leonardo Sciascia's novel — is also a cafe and theater. Its founders wanted to create a kind of "living room" in Florence to stop and browse books while giving their customers a full experience beyond reading.

The shop has about 15,000

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Monalys: a little piece of heaven

Today, instead of talking about museums, monuments or restaurants, let's talk about a different sort of place — one that cultivates our beauty, starting from the Tuscan land. At 13r on Via Maggio is Officina Cosmetica Monalys. What's that? It's a one-of-a- kind place where beauty products are made to order based on a careful study of your skin. After a long, tiring day of shopping and visiting's the chance to pamper yourselves and your skin in this little piece of heaven

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Fantoni International School of Ceramic Art

At the International School of Ceramic Art, you'll find some people just learning to shape clay into all kinds of forms and others completing their art studies. There's a couple who comes here to make things to decorate their own home with original works. There's a group of retired women who chose to spend their free time doing something different than the usual sewing course. There is even someone who has gathered her friends around a turning wheel for a unique experience as her bachelorette

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Bottega Di Corte: a special Florentine shop

For this post I thought it'd be nice to find a special Florentine shop, one that was modern but old at heart, a fun place to stop in that could represent something of present-day Florence too. I wanted an example of local passion vs. standardized globalization. I was ready to go on an all-out hunt through Florence's streets and alleys. But it ended up that all I had to do was cross our hotel's Piazza Santa Maria Novella and head down Via del Sole. At the start of the street, at number 11 to

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Leather learning at Florence’s Scuola del Cuoio

I'd always wondered how leather came to be so deeply rooted in Florence's culture. Now that I've visited the Scuola del Cuoio leather school in the Santa Croce neighborhood, I know the answer. The school has deep roots and has been well-maintained by the Gori Casini family. The school can be entered either from the Church of Santa Croce or the cloisters on Via San Giuseppe 5r from the garden around the apse. I was welcomed by Laura, the showroom's manager. With her eyes shining with the

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Now opening in Florence: RED

It's been an exciting few weeks for Florence, which has been proving itself quite dynamic. Many new businesses are opening shop here and many feature impressively innovative concepts for our little city. Just two days ago, the first floor of San Lorenzo's Central Market opened with a spanking-new contemporary space where you can enjoy all kinds of culinary delights, like pizza, mozzarella, meat and fish.The location is so fabulous it holds its own with the likes of Covent Garden!More about

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Tour of Florence for Interior Design fans

Recently, especially after I furnished my apartment, I realized I have a true passion for everything that has to do with interior design. I wouldn't call myself a true expert (if any on of you are architects, you'll have to forgive any mistakes), but I can say that I've developed my own personal style, hunting for furnishing and accessories all over Florence. I thought I'd share some of what I learned and put it in an "interior design tour" through the center of Florence. Let's start from the

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