Monthly Archives: December 2010

Italian food at Christmas – including delicious winter dessert recipe to warm your hearts and bellies!

Food in Italy is fabulous all year ‘round. But there is definitely extra love put into all dishes enjoyed around Christmas time.   As with the Slow Food* ideals developed in line with traditional cooking methods in Italy, recipes evolve … Continue reading

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Snow in Tuscany

Here are some photos of the stunning Tuscan countryside covered in snow, taken in the small Tuscan town of Certaldo on one side of the river, and the famed Tuscan hill-top town of San Gimignano on the other. Some of … Continue reading

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A white Christmas for Florence

Florence, Tuscany’s capital, is a stunning city at any time. Covered by snow makes it majestic and totally splendid! A perfect white Christmas this year!   With the festival spirit in the air, mingling with the snow flakes, it really … Continue reading

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UTOPIA: the ideal art exhibition in Florence

          Utopia, a coin termed by Sir Thomas More in writing his treatise of the same name, has its origins in the term ‘no place’. The meaning of the title which was first published in the … Continue reading

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Keeping a head of art in Florence

8601 top-grade diamonds, totaling 11006.18 karats including one veritable rock, a platinum to-scale skull, and real teeth from the 7th century. Strange ingredients, indeed. ‘Per l’amor di Dio’ (‘For the love of God’) is the title of this strange marvel, … Continue reading

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Slow Food: Cutigliano, Chestnuts and Castagnaccio

From December 4 to 12, the Tuscan town of Cutigliano is hosting ‘Natale Slow’ ? a food and wine festival in association with Italy’s famed Slow Food movement. Cutigliano is a small village town dating back to Medieval times. It … Continue reading

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Artviva’s Original Florence Walk small-group tour: The Reviews

Of course, we at Artviva think our Original Florence Walking Tour is the best tour of Florence under the (Tuscan) sun! But you don’t have to just take our word for it – below you can scroll down (and down) … Continue reading

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Italian Christmas Traditions: ‘La festa della concezione immacolata’, Christmas trees and a typical Tuscan recipe!

La festa della concezione immacolata di Maria (the Feast Immaculate Conception of Mary) is a Catholic festival day in celebration of the conception of Mary, sans mortal sin.   In Italy, the day is a public holiday. Since this year, … Continue reading

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Tuscan Christmas Traditions – Florence, food and family

As if Tuscany isn’t spectacular enough at any time of the year, add the magic of Christmas into the mix and you have a truly wonderful, unforgettable festive season.   In Florence, and in the surrounding hill towns, the streets … Continue reading

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Can’t wait to miss you – the weird and wonderful things you crave when travelling or living abroad!

Visit Italy and you have the joy of dining on delicious Italian food, tasting Tuscan wines, traipsing through the Italian countryside you’ve seen in films, visiting famous museums, seeing Rome, gliding along a canal in a gondola? these are things … Continue reading

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