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 throughout the year in-line with the freshest of in-season produce. At Christmas time, in […]
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 the best Tuscan wine is produced here, including the areas famous white, Vernaccia (the first […]
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 imbues the city with an extra special touch of Christmas magic!
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 early 1500s, has ironically evolved over time to mean a perfect place. Tonight in […]
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, currently on display at the Palazzo Vecchio until May 1st, 2010. Valued at a 100 […]
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 is near the larger, better-known Pistoia, near the Apennines. With under 1700 inhabitants, it is […]
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) through just some of the many comments people have made about their great time on […]
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, the day falls on a Wednesday, many Italians are taking a few extra days off […]
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 are decorated with Christmas lights. The window displays are bursting with reds and greens, sparkling […]
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 that but a privileged few get to experience in their lifetime. When you travel […]