Calcio Storico – the most unusual Italian football match!

Here are some great shots from a match of Calcio Storico, a historic game that takes place each year in Piazza Santa Croce. It is in great contrast to the usual things people immagine when thinking of Florence – rather than cobbled laneways, the world’s best museums, the Ponte Vecchio and other stunning must-see sights […]

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La Luna sul Colosseo – The moon over the Coliseum

One’s first glimpse of the amazing, ancient, historic and imposing Coliseum, is almost impossible not to remain emblazoned in your mind for ever. That first time wandering about Rome, turning around a corner and spying a sight that takes breaths away – the wondrous monument spied perhaps at the end of a charming narrow cobbled […]

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Tuscan traditions – Ceramics&Terracotta in Tuscany

The word ‘terracotta’ actually comes from the Italian ‘terra’ for ‘earth’ and ‘cotta’ for cooked. The tradition dates back to Etruscan times when the land was first moulded by expert hands into utensils, bowls and other forms. Throughout the centuries, Tuscan Villa estates would use terracotta containers to store their precious olive oil. Above the […]

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The Tough Task of Training Truffle-hunting Dogs in Tuscany

  Being a truffle hunter more than a hobby, it is a lifestyle, a religion. It takes patience, and practice, dedication and determination. One of our great friends is the wife of one such a truffle hunter, and she often complains that her truffle-hunting husband adores his prize truffle-hunting dogs much more than he adores […]

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Andrea Del Sarto – “The Faultless Painter” in Florence

Great Renaissance artist and Florentine local, Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530), is known as ‘the faultless painter’ due to his exceptional technical abilities, his perfection in capturing each figure and form in his master works. Yet his paintings have never been as greatly appreciated as those of Michelangelo and Rafael whose works were much more revered […]

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Panzano&Panzanella – the best of Tuscany

Right now, the countryside is full of spring fever, the air heady with the perfume of the jasmine blooming with great vigour on the fences and stone walls that enclose gardens bursting with brightly coloured flowers, vegetable patches birthing delicious spring fruit and vegetables. The pomegranate trees hold bright orange flowers, and the grass underneath […]

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