Aicha is the hypothetical story of a child refugee from Syria who arrives in Florence, Italy. The story describes Aicha's fictional day exploring the city, but hopes to illuminate the greater reality of the current child refugee crisis.
I have been visiting Florence on and off for 30 years, working on assignments, visiting friends and writing portions of a book on Tuscany. Over the years, I've developed a check-list of favorite things to do -- and the best places to do them.
Chef Vito Mollica of the famed Il Palagio at The Four Seasons was kind enough to show how to prepare a traditional Italian dinner, the Feast Of The Seven Fishes, for girls like me known for having the local sushi joint on speed dial and using Whole Foods for the holidays.
Opened by the Gilli family in 1733, the cafe had moved around the city square a few times before it settled in its current location in Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by small, chichi restaurants and leather vendors.