La Dolce Vita Under the Tuscan Sun – my featured story in LaCure Villas Magazine

Jennifer Ellson: Florence in Tuscany, Italy.

The most photographed view of Florence in Tuscany, Italy.

It all started with food. My luxurious dream trip to the Tuscan city of Florence became a reality when my story about global dining faux pas“Mea Culpa! What NOT to do When Dining Overseas,” won LaCure’s Tell a Great Story contest.

I was sent on the road to Florence, which incidentally is the Holy Grail for food lovers, to stay at the historical and luxurious Villa Imperiale for three nights as part of my prize. With Florence being the “it” place in the art, fashion and gastronomy scenes, I knew that this will be a jam-packed trip, so I decided to bring with me the most organized person I know, who also taught me how to power-sightsee: my globe-trotting mother.

So off we flew to Florence: I took the afternoon flight from Vancouver, she took a red-eye from Montreal, and after a layover in Amsterdam, we found ourselves walking on Florence’s cobbled streets, the very same streets traversed by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael – and I’m not talking about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Thus the start of our living the good life – la dolce vita – under the Tuscan sun.

Read the rest of the story here.

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