the uffizi courtyard in the morning | visiting the uffizi

The Uffizi

On our last full day in Florence, we got to go to the Uffizi.  We got there early in the morning and were the only ones there for about 20 minutes.  It was quite peaceful being in the courtyard with the river just across the street so early in the morning.  The Uffizi was incredible, [Read more…]

siena cathedral duomo from a distance | a day in siena

A Day in Siena

Because of our dear friend Elisabetta, we had the opportunity to go to Siena for a day!  We thought about visiting Siena when we first arrived in Florence, but we didn’t know if it would be worth it, or even possible with our schedule.  We had heard conflicting opinions from several locals and expats about whether [Read more…]

woman and baby on bridge in prato | elisabetta


Elisabetta reached out to us after finding our blog and noticing that we were in her home country, Italy.  The first time we met, we strolled the streets of Florence and she introduced us to the library in the city.  Carter loved the kids area and he opened up to Elisabetta with the excitement of [Read more…]

Autumn in Florence

The other day we went up to a park in the hills called Villa di Pratolino.  It is home to the Appenine Colossus, which is the main reason we went.  But, just our luck, the statue was completely surrounded in scaffolding.  Basically we just saw a giant picture of the statue.  Luckily the park was [Read more…]