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Life in Florence Italy

Ponte Vecchia, Florence, Italy

Susan Papazian is a world famous photographer. Join her on this stunning visual journey through Tuscany and Italy...

Life in Florence Italy is experienced beautifully in a Florentine institution, Caffé Gilli. They opened their doors in 1733. Started by the Gilli family and located in Florence's famous Piazza della Republica, the elaborate cakes and sweets have been serving Florentines for nearly 300 years.

Its exquisite decor is equally matched by the divine array of cakes and pastries. You can drop in for a stand -up espresso at the bar, or be seated in the Piazza for an afternoon Aperitif and Pistachio Mousse cake.

Can there be a better place to begin our journey through Tuscany and Italy than the Caffé Gilli? Let's start our travels there and then we'll share some stunning photos of Florence itself before moving out into the countryside.

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The Cafe Gilli

Life in Florence Italy

Some of the delicious treats available at the Caffé Gilli. Isn't life in Florence Italy simply Dolce.



Caffé Gilli in Florence

All made by hand and all very special indeed.



Florentine Cafes

So many  of the most important moments of so many Florentine lifes have happened right here in this caffé.



Italian Desserts

Everything about this says perfection.



Lady in Florence Italy

Passing the day. Caffé living in Florence.



Caffé menu Florence

Would you like a table?



Italian cakes and pastries

I could put on a a LOT of weight here and feel SO good doing it.



Pavement Caffé Italy

Outside the Caffé Gilli. Isn't the window design so very unusual. 



Florence

Florence Italy
Ponte Vechio, Florence

Italian Countryside

Vitaleto Chapel in San Quirico d'Orcia

The quaint little Vitaleta Chapel outside the town of San Quirico d'Orcia.



Hills of Tuscany

Hay bales dot the Tuscan landscape in late summer.



Baby mushrooms in the Tuscan woods.



Lake Bolsena, a volcanic lake right in the middle of Italy and only an hour and a bit from Rome. This is a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Roman life.



Cypress Pines

Cypress Pines



Bagnoregio

Bagnoregio is an awesome hill-town. Access is via the pedestrian bridge shown in the lower part of the photo. It is an incredible, though quite tiring, walk and the sight of the town uphead is unforgettable.




Tuscan Hills

A lonely Tuscan pine tree.




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