Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tasting Italian White Wine: Is it good? EST!EST!!EST!!!

After a hard day of touring through Rome’s ancient city centre, and sitting in the Roman piazza of Campo de’ Fiori one August – typically the hottest month of the year – we ordered a glass of EST!EST!!EST!!! wine to … Continue reading

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NASA, Galileo Galilei…and Artviva

It is well-known that Italy is breathtakingly stunning.  From the wine region in Tuscany, the fabulous Florence finesse, the enchanting canals of Venice, the romantic Roman ruins, the cluster of the stunning villages comprising the Cinque Terre and beyond, Italy … Continue reading

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Wining, dining and vine-ing in Tuscany

In Italy, knowing how to produce a good drop has come from centuries and centuries of experience in producing the wines that are world-famous today.  The very history of Italy, and particularly Tuscany, goes hand in hand (or rather, glass … Continue reading

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Foods of Italy: Italian Bread

One recent Wednesday, our Tuscan father/father-in-law dropped in to our home, unannounced, in the early evening. We invited him to stay for dinner, but with a warning that we had run out of bread. Living in a small town where … Continue reading

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Searching for a lost masterpiece: The Da Vinci Code Art Sleuth

Think of Florence and your mind is flooded with thoughts of Renaissance art, delicious gastronomic delicacies, artisan crafts, and spectacular architecture. A neutron beam scanner and a gamma-ray camera will probably not entre into your thoughts of Florence ? or … Continue reading

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Something old, something new: VINNOVO

The word, or rather drink on everyone lips right now in Tuscany is ‘Vinnovo’!   An adaption of the words ‘vino nuovo’ (new wine) it is, as the name suggests, the first wine produced from the year’s harvest.

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Shopping in Italy – Murano Glass

1920s Millefiori beads from Murano. Photo by EvelynS. Each area of Italy is famous for its long (and in some cases, really, really long) history of artisan production. Florence for its gold and leather, Rome for religious objects and even … Continue reading

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Why you should know about ASTA

ASTA stands for the American Society of Travel Agents, and is the world’s largest association of travel professionals. The aim of the association is to ensure quality standards in travel ‘through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism’. … Continue reading

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Raising a Toast to Italian Beer

Tuscany, and Italy in general, is not well-known for it’s beer. However, it is becoming an increasingly popular beverage. Beer is certainly not a new phenomenon in Italy. Enjoyed since ancient times, it become known as a North-Italian drink and … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Tips for Talking Italian

After our recent post on Italian dining etiquette, we thought we would give you some tips on speaking in Italian too. So whether you are getting ready for a trip to Italy, or you’d just like to impress your local … Continue reading

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