Expat Bloggers: Locals I Love

It's been far too long since we shared some of our favorite expat blogs to read. If you read our blog there is a good chance that you're looking for other Italy expat blogs to read more about food, travel and life abroad. Here are five of our currents faves... bloggers-georgetteYou know her as the Girl in Florence, but to us she's just GeorgetteShe keeps us laughing and entertained in real life (aka the non-blog world), so it's no surprise that her blog is just as funny and informative as the real person :-). I read her blog all the time for suggestions about what to do in Florence and to live vicariously through her wanderings around Italy. My only fear is that one day she may try to steal Livia (just kidding...kind of).

bloggers-birgitteWhen I find myself even creeping toward boredom with all of the beauty around me in Florence I head over to Birgitte's A Dusty Olive Green. Her take on Florence refreshes me. Her photos are beautiful, her city tips impeccable and her blog styling is gorgeous. As a side note, she has one of the best written about pages. This Danish expat's writing style warms my soul -- she has such a personal and unique voice in her prose.


bloggers-michelleWhen I want to read thoughtful, intelligent and well-written musings on motherhood and women's issues I head over to Michelle's blog, Maple Leaf Mamma. Michelle's blog is a "mommy blog" for the thinking woman. When you need reassurance that motherhood is more than just shitty diapers, Michelle has got you covered. She writes about serious issues that get you thinking. bloggers-sophieDo not read Sophie's blog, the Curious Eater, when hungry. Or dreaming about Italy. You will want to eat and/or hop on a plane to Florence. Her food photography is amazing and her recommendations for what to see and do in Florence are fantastic. I personally love the portrait photography of Florentines that she includes on her blog. They are amazing and capture the spirit of the people that live here.


blogger-francesaBurnt by the Tuscan Sun is a witty, honest and sarcastic look at life abroad in Italy. Whenever I receive those "I want to abandon my life in America and come to Italy to drink espresso, eat gelato and hear the churchbells ring" emails, I send them to Francesca. Not because I like bursting bubbles (I don't), but because in a sea of sugar-coated blogs it is helpful for people to read about the hard stuff, too. Plus, Francesa is wickedly funny.