Stepping out of the safety of my little Italian apartment, curiosity, excitement and new possibilities consume me. Left or right? Left will take me to Florence’s top designer shopping street, via de’ Tornabuoni. Home to the big-money buyers, the suited and booted, stiletto strutters looking for their latest Gucci or Armani collection piece, it feels a world away from my English hometown. Right, and I will be on the peaceful cobbled street towards the iconic Ponte Vecchio, standing over the deep green waters of the enchanting river Arno, weaving its way through the city. With a calm breeze in my hair and the Tuscan sun on my back, Florence is at my feet.