April 9, 2010

Returning to My Second Home

Many years ago, at about the age of 19, I fell in love with the city of Florence. Maybe you’ve heard that line before. But it’s really true. And it happens to the best of us. I don’t mean just with the gorgeous Italian men and women or the Botticelli paintings hanging in the Uffizi, or the italian leather handbags and creative fashion jewelry that are displayed so beautifully. What I mean is the whole package.

Life abounds on those cobblestone streets. Architecture, sculpture, centuries of creativity, beauty on so many levels is everywhere. Florence is a sophisticated city but has a very comfortable small-town feel at the same time. Maybe it’s that combination which adds to the allure. Early mornings, cafés are full of regulars standing at the bar, in their usual spots having their caffe’. And you’re sure to see them stopping in later on for a little panino or aperitivo. It’s the place where everyone knows your name.

Buying merchandise in Florence for Serena Italian Imports gives me the opportunity, each time I return, to relive my youth in a way. I walk down the same streets, return to my favorite corners, see old friends, and depending upon the season, eat my favorite treats- like lightly fried zucchini blossoms, a bursting persimmon or a few tiny plums. It’s true, maybe the young men on the street don’t notice me quite as much as when I was a tad younger, but I’ve got my memories!

Let all of us at Serena Italian Imports bring the best of Florence and Italy to you! We can bring you the charm and the spirit of this romantic place in personally chosen objects you will treasure.

A presto,


  1. Maureen,

    You describe your attraction to Florence so fully that I almost feel like I know you.

  2. Can't wait to go back! Meanwhile, I'll let you keep the Italophile in me alive. Grazie mille!

  3. Mmmm,"lightly fried zucchini blossoms" sounds delicious.