I visited Fiesole again one Spring afternoon to enjoy a bottle of wine at the overlook high above Florence. Fiesole is a 20 minute bus ride away and is on the opposite side of the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo. Because of the altitude, make sure to go on a clear day because the haze and pollution from Florence can obscure the view pretty quickly.
Fiesole has a lovely piazza in the middle of the town flanked by a community center, some outdoor cafes, and the Duomo. The Duomo is not much to look at inside or out, but the monastery and museum at the top of the hill along with the view is worth the climb. There is also a large museum of Roman ruins there which is phenomenal. Don’t miss it. (More on that later!)


Spring has come to Florence! Of course the calendar marks it, and the spring winds are blowing, the temperatures rising, and the students have descended upon the city. Everywhere you can see spring flowers, the terraces opening, people picnicking in the piazzas and parks, and taking in the warm Spring sun. I have my Spring herbs planted in my window garden.

The days are getting longer, but the clock doesn’t change until March 27th. Already it is after 6:30 before the sun is down! Time for a trip to the Boboli Gardens!
It’s a wonderful time of year in Florence, but aren’t they all. I am on the look out for all the Spring produce…strawberries, asparagus,artichokes, raddichio, peas, fava beans, and carrots!

Hello Dear Readers,

Well, I finally did it. A bucket list item that was on my list since I learned to read many years ago. I wrote a book. This is the story of my first year in Italy. The year I took a sabbatical from my job to live in another country and learn another language, two other bucket list items. The book is currently available in print and digitally on Authorhouse.com. Amazon.com, Amazon.it, and Book Depository. It will soon be available digitally.

I hope that you will enjoy it! Please let me know.