by Melinda Gallo


I initially came to Florence in 1997 to study Italian for three months and to find my inspiration to write. On my third day here, I just knew that Florence was the home I had been searching for and ended up staying for two years. I would've stayed longer; however, for family reasons I returned to the US for a five-year hiatus. I moved back to Florence permenantly in 2004.

Florence is not just my home, but also my life companion, which is why I call her "my beloved city."

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