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Reflections on 2010…………

As I sit here sipping my cup of tea and scoffing down a generous chunk of panettone (as one does at this time of year.) I am wondering what 2011 holds in store for me.

Last year was certainly very eventful, the highlight definitely being my marriage to Emiliano Di Donato in May.  After what seemed like months of constant rain, we were fortunate to have sunshine and blue skies on our wedding day which we celebrated at Villa la Vedetta which had the most beautiful terrace overlooking the whole of Florence.

Just Married

I'll always be a Daddy's girl!

Admiring Florence

I spent more time in airports than I would have liked, had flights delayed due to the volcanic ash cloud of Iceland and then the heavy snow that fell over London and Germany.  I boarded more flights than ever,  travelling to Australia, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Berlin, Denmark, London, Milan and Lampedusa.

I'm becoming a vintage traveller

photo above by geishaboy500 / Thor

I watched my sister’s career take off in ways none of us could have ever imagined.  From winning the first ever Italian reality cooking show, ‘La Scuola, Cucina di Classe’ to launching her very own television program, ‘Le Torte di Toni‘ which shares with all of Italy her talent of cake decoration.   I have a feeling that 2011 will be very interesting and incredibly exciting for Toni!  I personally can’t wait for the book!

'Le Torte di Toni'

I spent the last day of 2010 walking around this beautiful city Florence that I now call home.  The sun was shining, the air was crisp and I took advantage of my new Canon zoom to take some photos of this beautiful city on the last day of the year.

Lone Rower

Ponte Vecchio

Perfect Day on the Arno

Christmas decorations


Borgo Santi Apostoli

Passeggiata con la Carrozza


Piazza Duomo

Sun setting on the Duomo

Christmas Tree Piazza Duomo

Horse in Piazza Duomo

Very Crowded Ponte Vecchio

Neptune with The Uffizi in the background

Gypsy searching for a sympathetic face

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Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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I always love discovering new fashion brands and so you can imagine my delight when I was recently introduced to a beautiful new Florentine brand called @pavonefirenze.

Founded in 2019 by Creative Directors Angela Testani and Massimo Brilli, PAVóNE FIRENZE is a women’s shoe and accessory collection, designed and created in Florence.