Today is all about Florence, a.k.a. Firenze, a.k.a. one of our favorite cities in Italy to let our hair down in, get some shopping in, and eat ‘til we drop. Is it weird to post gelato on a dreamboard? And is it weirder to do it in January? Not if it’s Florentine gelato it isn’t — we would encourage anyone to enjoy that sweet creaminess any day of any month of any year. Florence is famous for its giant rainbow gelato mounds in its gelateria window displays. One of our favorites is Perchè No? Between Piazza della Signoria and Piazza della Repubblica. Around since 1939, they specialize in unusual flavors like dark chocolate with persimmon, milk with honey and sesame seeds, and lavender with roses. Heavenly!
Typing out words has always been my happy place. I started Italian Fix doing just that — typing out words about Italy. On a borrowed computer. At a kitchen table that I scored for free on Craigslist. I was a 30-something mom. Just moved back from Italy. Dreaming of creating, of being, of relating, and of helping with something I knew a lot about at this point… traveling Italy.
I still sit down to write, like I have done for 10 years. I just start by typing words. I see where things go.
New Year’s Eve in Italy? Perché no? Let’s imagine ourselves in Venice — at Palazzo Papadopoli, the building that houses the luxury Aman Venice hotel on the Grand Canal, to be precise. Originally built in 1550, this palazzo is home to one of the most gorgeous dining rooms in all the land. (So gorgeous, in fact, that George Clooney held his wedding here.) On New Year’s Eve, they host a decadent fête with dinner starting at 7pm, and just before midnight they whisk you away in their private boats to watch the Venetian fireworks out on the water. That light feeling that overtakes you afterwards? Chalk it up to the bubbly, the fireworks… or there being €600 less in your wallet. You can already make reservations for next year at Aman. And please send me a photo!