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Explore Florence in the coolest way possible! Highlights of Florence by Sidecar is a 2 hour tour of Florence via vintage motorcycle and sidecar, or motocarrozzetta. This Airbnb tour is highly recommended by our tour guide Tim as a fun way to zip into the heart of the city. Slip on a helmet and motorcycle goggles, hop on the back of the bike or into the side car, and prepare to feel a joyous rush of adrenaline. Roar along the Lungarni (the riverside streets that run through Florence) and twist up tree-lined streets to Piazzale Michelangelo. From the Piazzale, you will have a panoramic view of Florence’s skyline. Take a moment to appreciate the bronze copy of Michelangelo’s David, as well as the four allegories known as Night, Day, Dawn, and Dusk. The agile nature of the motocarrozzetta allows your seasoned driver to take you into the neighborhoods that buses and larger vehicles can’t access. Your driver will show you a side of Florence that you could never see any other way. He’ll take you to one of his favorite cafes for refreshments and offer animated local perspectives. Prepare to feel invigorated! (If unexpected and unique experiences like this make your heart beat faster, purchase Gigi Guides, digital city guides that will hook you in to Italy’s awesomest-everything!)

Image: Highlights of Florence by Sidecar

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Digital Nomad Visa Italy

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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So, you work remotely? Italy is making it easier for you to live there. Imagine logging off from work and instead of calling UberEats for takeout, you’ll descend the stairs of your Renaissance abode, hit the cobblestones and head to the local market to pick up some easy dinner fixins (which means an embarrassing amount of cheese you’ll eat in one sitting). Maybe you run into your new Italian friends on the way and join in for an aperitivo. Half of my team works and lives in Italy and I lived there for years, so I know from “real life” that the cost of living compared to most North American cities and towns is drastically lower. Rents are like 1980’s rates and that’s not just in the boonies. Quality of life is very high because life is just … Italian. If your current cost of living is rising and your mood is lowering — consider potentially relocating. So many places to go in the world of course… but if you love Europe —  the new Italian Visa requirements might be just what the dottore ordered. These easier to obtain visas are not law yet — they still need to be voted in. So knowing Italian red tape… that could be another 400 years. Definitely enough time to pack.

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The Cinque Terre Effect

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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You know that feeling you get when you find exactly what you need? Sorta like relief and joy and peace all at once? It’s a vibe alright! We call it the Cinque Terre Effect. Take for instance a charming courtyard table reserved just for you. There’s purple blossoms scattered upon crisp white linen, and jasmine blossoms all around (steal one for your hair, why don’t you?). The birds are singing in the cherry trees and you can smell herbs and garlic coming from the kitchen. I feel my nervous system calming down just imagining it. Or how about listening to crystal clear waves lapping against the pebbled shore? You’re shaded by a striped beach umbrella that matches your icy cold Aperol Spritz, and you couldn’t be more relaxed. Or picture the bustle of narrow twisting streets packed with colorful storefronts, and the company of your newest friends. Lean in close for a photo to remember the moment– laughing as you all flash your pearly whites!… It’s the stuff that daydreams are made of… Which is why we’re bringing you a sequel to last week’s Italian Fix news. If you’re having a hard time NOT booking our Signature Cinque Terre Tour–be warned–this is gonna tempt you further!… Although our May tour is a wrap–our guests are still on cloud nine— we are fine tuning our upcoming sold-out June & July tours. We always have a long list of things that we do (behind-the-scenes) to make your time in Italy special. We want your adventure to be seamless. Travel with us? We’ll get you organized with a private driver from the airport (chauffeurs are the best!) One less thing to worry about before you get whisked into vacationland!

 

Images: Snapped by our clients

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