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Villa Vignamaggio is in Chianti, Tuscany. Mona Lisa was born in Vignamaggio, near where Leonardo da Vinci grew up. It was so nice to take in all the history and actually see the places that influenced such beauty and inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. It was a real treat to see the Tuscan light that is evident in Mona Lisa.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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While in Florence I enjoyed the south side of the river, where it is less crowded. Il Santo Bevitore came highly recommended. It was bustling with energy and joy to accompany your meal. I was happy that I caught a moment of silence for this photo.

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5 e Cinque is a vegetarian restaurant featuring unique organic food in the cutest Piazza della Passera of Florence. I loved the old photographs of Florence decorating the walls, this gem is my kind of restaurant.

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While in Venice we dined at Il Ridotto, which is a lovely experience with an extra fun tasting menu, I love trying a little of everything.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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I love the sunlight in Florence, casting its dramatic shadows. So much distinguished beauty in the soul of this elegant city. The intricate patterns stand out amongst the simple pallet. These muted colors pair well with the striking black accents.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

 

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I thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Riva Lofts in Florence. Having that pool and hammocks was a wonderful reprieve from the heat. They even offer bikes to wonder around Florence on. The bike creates a wonderful breeze, making the ride along the waterfront so perfect. With high ceilings and simple, gorgious design I absolutely loved the Riva Lofts. The location was perfection.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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Florence is aged in a way that never ages. The faded golden colors are rich with timeless beauty. I love this refined city and am so thankful to visit Florence again.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

“These fragments I have shored against my ruins.”
—T.S. Eliot,