September 27, 2018

A few years ago, eager to do research for a novel, I floated the idea of a return trip to Florence over dinner. My husband, Christopher, paused the upward momentum of his forked rigatoni and gave me a thoughtful look. “Great idea. Maybe we should celebrate our 30th wed...

July 10, 2016

During our most recent visit to Florence, we stayed at the Hotel Morandi Alla Crocetta on via Laura. Once a 16th century convent, the hotel exudes a well-worn and comfortable elegance.

The reception area of the hotel.  

Another view of the hotel's reception area. We saw...

September 10, 2015

On our first evening back in Florence, we had just left a restaurant on a narrow street in the Oltrarno, the neighborhood on the south side of the Arno River, when my husband stopped dead in his tracks.

"Did you forget something?” I asked.

He shook his head.  

Noticing th...

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