Monthly Archives: April 2011

Moaning over Lisa’s bones – the bones of ‘Mona Lisa’ to be exhumed in Florence

The Mona Lisa, presenting in the Musèe du Lourve, is labelled as the ‘Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo’*, the title giving quite a good indication of the supposed identity of the Mona Lisa. Art historian Silvano … Continue reading

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Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! Why an Italian meal without pasta is almost not a meal!

Pasta is the staple not just of the Italian diet, but the culture itself. Conversations revolve around it, familial relationships are formed around its production and consumption, special occasions are celebrated with it, arguments can start over it, and whole … Continue reading

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From flower buds to budding artists – inspiration blooms in Tuscany!

One glimpse at a Tuscan landscape on a distant horizon, one footstep onto a flower-filled field, and you understand immediately why Florence and indeed Tuscany generally have long been the place of great art. How can one not be inspired … Continue reading

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DIVINO TUSCANY – a wine event like no other in the unique Tuscan wine country

Divino Tuscany is a celebration of Tuscan winemaking excellence. In Florence, from 2-5 June, 2011, the inaugural event unites top Tuscan winemakers who will present their top-rated wines. James Suckling, former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of Wine Spectator … Continue reading

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That’s Amore! Romantic Proposals and Weddings in Italy

Blame it on the wine, the great food, the gorgeous locals, the fashion, the heat, the cold, what you will, one thing is for sure ? nothing says ‘amore’ like the rolling Tuscan hills, nothing makes you embrace your passions … Continue reading

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Settimana della Cultura – Culture Week in Italy

With Florence being the art-centre of the world and home of the Renaissance, every day is culture day. However for one week each year, Florence steps it up a level for the ‘Settimana della Cultura’ ?Culture Week.   And in … Continue reading

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Sweet on Strawberries – including delicious Tessa Kiros Tuscan dessert!

The secret to Tuscan cooking is the knowledge of how to use fresh seasonal ingredients prepared to result in tasty, healthy meals, the flavour of each ingredient highlighted by the addition of a few select ingredients.   In winter in … Continue reading

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Spring in Tuscany (including simple and delicious Tuscan recipe by Tessa Kiros!)

For foodies, shopping fanatics, wine drinkers, history buffs, art lovers (and most of the few people who don’t fit into one of those categories), there is really no better or worse time to visit Tuscany. Each Tuscan season in brings … Continue reading

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