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 Vinceti recently claimed that Leonardo’s famous Renaissance painting is actually predominantly a portrait of  the […]

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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 festivals are held in its honour! And pasta also plays a major factor in the […]

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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 when surrounded by such awe-inspiring vistas?   Our Tuscan gardens having been planted with brightly […]

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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 and one of the most prominent and influential wine critics, along with IMG Artists, one […]

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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 Italy, there are a lot more recipes that require slow-cooking over a low flame or […]

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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 its benefits. Every month is different and each of them a great time to visit […]

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