Author: Valentina Dainelli

Valentina Dainelli is 100% Tuscan, raised between Florence and the Chianti area. She studied, worked and lived in New York, London and Bologna, but missed Tuscany too much and decided to move back. She now lives and works in the Mugello area, where she writes about her dolce vita on her blog ( You can also find her at
December 2, 2016

Merry Mugello

Every year at Christmas, the Mugello turns on the lights and lights up the fireplaces in every house. Advent brings charming Christmas markets to the Alto Mugello, where the snow turns Marradi and Palazzuolo into magical places. In particular, the town of Palazzuolo sul Senio, bordering Romagna, looks like a nativity scene come to life […]
July 15, 2016

Where to cool off in the Mugello

The Mugello area is northwest of Florence, about 35 minutes away by car. It’s a historic land: the Medici family originated here. This season, though, visitors are more drawn in by the cuisine and cool summer breeze. Green and family-friendly, the Mugello offers well-equipped areas for picnics, outdoor activities or simply relaxing in a woodsy […]