A resident of Florence, Italy for over ten years, I enjoy exploring Italy's cultural gems, but also lying on its beaches and walking in its woods. When I'm not working in social media marketing, I write my personal blog ( and work at the local expat newspaper, The Florentine.

Italy in the Summer: Creative Ways to Keep Cool

They’ve told you not to go to Italy in July or August because it’s dreadfully hot. But if it’s the only time you could visit – kids out of school, work is slow, whatever your reason – you’re going to need to do everything possible to keep cool. Here are a few solutions provided by a very warm resident of Florence, Italy.

Italian tradition maintains that a cold breeze from an open window or …

Cappuccino after Lunch and Other Italy Food No-No’s

Many tourists in Italy make the fatal faux pas of ordering a cappuccino at the end of a meal, like after a pizza at lunchtime (a bit of a no-no in itself). A good waiter will swallow his pride and allow the tourist to swallow all that frothy milk on a full stomach, but as you have likely read elsewhere, it is considered a “rule” in Italy not to have a cappuccino after a certain …