Author: Amy Gulick

Amy Gulick is a freelance writer based in Florence. Follow her at www.thebittersweetgourmet.com.
May 5, 2017
FOOD + WINE

Garmugia

Garmugia is a springtime soup from Lucca, traditionally associated with seasonal transition and renewal, much like a variety of Italian specialty soups at this time of the year. Throughout southern Italy, for instance, a soup known as macco di fave made from dried fava beans, peas and herbs is prepared on or around the feast […]
April 3, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Piazza dei Ciompi

I have been a contented country mouse for the better part of my 15 years in Italy, tucked snugly away in the ultimate sleepy Tuscan village where fresh air, quiet nights and friendly smiles from passers-by are the norm. Small-town gossip and the molasses-slow arrival of mod-cons like broadband internet aside, it was a good […]
December 3, 2015
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

The Tuscan veglia

Darkness descends on the Tuscan landscape as weary farmers make their way home, ever mindful of dangers both real and imaginary. Ahead, the light from a farmhouse window pierces the dark, a beacon promising warmth, rejuvenation, safety. Inside, young women rekindle the fire while their mother oversees the evening meal. After supper, the fire now […]
July 16, 2015
FOOD + WINE

Recipe for chestnut honey semifreddo

Chestnut orchards cover extensive portions of the Mugello, a vast, lush valley tucked into northeast Tuscany’s Apennine mountains, yielding the chestnuts and chestnut-based products like flour and honey that are among its principal agricultural specialties.      Chestnut-blossom honey has a robust, distinct flavor that pairs well with bold cheeses like aged pecorino. Some describe […]
August 4, 2005
LIFESTYLE

The 15th of August: sacred or profane?

This month, as temperatures peak and air quality plummets, visitors to Florence may find themselves wandering a city nearly void of Italians. Owing to its particular geographical position — lying in a low-level basin between hills — in late summer Florence becomes an intolerably hot and hazy place. Thus,
June 9, 2005
TRAVEL

Cinque Terre

1. Monterosso 2. Vernazza 3. Corniglia 4. Manarola 5. Riomaggiore   There are those who will testify, cursing certain guidebook writers in the same breath, that not long ago Cinque Terre was a secluded haven known only to Italians and few other Europeans. The five villages, as the tale goes,
May 19, 2005
FOOD + WINE

Summer Sagras

Summer in Florence means strolls along the Arno at sunset, gelato with friends, and dinners alfresco that go late into the night. But for those willing to venture beyond the city walls, summer also means a world of Tuscan tastes and traditions—at the sagra.   Sagra is the
April 21, 2005
LIFESTYLE

Florence libraries with books in English

Has your sojourn abroad got you missing that favorite local library back home? Whether you’re a student conducting research, a traveler in search of the latest destination guidebooks, or just an old-fashioned bibliophile, you’ll find the city of Florence offers a variety of libraries to