Monthly Archives: March 2011

Food worth holding onto – Tuscan sandwich secrets

One day stepping out of our office for a quick bite to eat, we came across one of our favourite people in Florence* rushing past. ‘We were just coming to visit you!’, we say. Then, trying not to panic at … Continue reading

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The simple things in life are always the best in Tuscany

The mornings are still a little fresh in Tuscany, but the Tuscan sun soon warms up the signature rolling hills of Tuscany. Mornings in Tuscany are wonderfully passed by taking a ‘passegiata’, a walk up, over and around the hillside, … Continue reading

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Florence Photos – must-see city centre sights seen and savoured in Florence

It’s easy – and highly enjoyable, we must say – to just casually wander around Florence, take a stroll along the rough-hewn cobble streets, do some window shopping if that’s your thing, pass by relaxing hours in a city whose … Continue reading

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Il Ponte Vecchio – the sight of the Old Bridge never gets old

After a fun but busy week in the Artviva office, the office staff headed out for a Friday-night glass of wine (strictly in the interests of research, we promise!).   Despite us having lived in Florence for a combined total … Continue reading

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Happy birthday Italy! Photos of Florence’s city centre on’la festa dell’unità d’Italia’

Here are some photos taken in Florence’s city centre for celebrations of the union of Italy’s 150th anniversary – la festa dell’unità d’Italia. The parade marched through the must-see sights of Florence, starting just near the Artviva Walking Tours Florence … Continue reading

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Looking good for her age – Italy celebrates 150 years!

17th March is the date in which Italy officially became a united nation.   After centuries of existing as separate states (and oft-times not even on such great terms), Italy was united in 1861, with 2011 thus marking the 150th … Continue reading

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Brussels sprouts – our favourite! The Italian secret recipe to eating (and enjoying) your vegetables! *Including Tessa Kiros recipe*

It’s no secret that Tuscan food is delicious. It’s also world-famous for being one of the few cuisines that is also good for you. But did you know that traditional Tuscan recipes can also produce miracles? For this week, Artviva … Continue reading

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A lick of difference: Ice-cream, Gelato&Sorbet – what is the difference between them?

Be it gelato, sorbet or ice-cream, on a cone, in a cup or served on a plate, on a hot day (or, let’s face it, just a warm day and on occasion even on a cooler day), there is nothing … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8 marks the International Women’s Day – a date to mark on the calendar to demonstrate and declare love and respect for women.   In Italy, the ‘Festa delle Donne’ usually entails the giving of yellow mimosa – a … Continue reading

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Wild about boar – wild boar lunch in Tuscany

Sunday lunch in Italy is traditionally a day to spend with the family, lingering around the dining table for hours and enjoying an abundant meal comprised of traditional, home-cooked dishes made from local produce, and enjoyed with a glass or … Continue reading

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