Jessica Turpin

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Say cheese!

About 12,000 years ago, a nomadic shepherd somewhere in the Mediterranean poured his day’s milk into a sack made of a calf’s stomach before a long journey, only to open it a few days later to find that the milk had solidified and the substance


Explosive Easter: Florence’s Scoppio del Carro

Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and ends the following week on Easter, is celebrated throughout Italy. After the 40 days of fasting and abstinence of Lent, the Florentines treat Easter unlike any other holiday. In Florence the tradition of the Scoppio del Carro is the big hit—


Getaways for everyday,,

Boboli GardensPiazza Pitti - FlorenceOpen from 9.00am-4.30pm daily; closed on the first and last Monday of each month. Admission costs 6 euro. Accessible to dis-abled people. Le CascinePiazza Vittorio Veneto - Florence Open everyday. Admission free. Accessible to disabled people. THE BOBOLI GARDENS The immense stretch of green


Il Dolce Natale: Christmas time in Italy

In modern day Italy, the celebration of Natale (Christmas) has it’s own unique flavour, combining pastoral traditions, traditional cultural rites, influences from Northern Europe, and a strong spiritual context to mark the important event.   Although Italians have adopted some of the northern European traditions, the season is


Complete the paperwork

There is so much in Italy to like: the beautiful buildings, historic ruins, amazing food and wine...the list is endless. There are however sometimes problematic downsides to this wonderful country. I hope the following will aid you in understanding the slow and sometimes complicated Italian system.   E111. This