Monthly Archives: June 2011

Melodia del Vino&Villa Le Corti

  Prince Duccio Corsini comes from one of Italy’s most historical families, has one of Italy’s most prestigious private art collections, and runs one of Chianti Classico’s oldest wine estates. The Corsini family has been a patron of the arts … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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La Biennale di Venezia – meeting artists from Venice’s wonderful Biennial

Every two years, Venice revels itself to not only be the home of some of the most beautiful historic buildings and traditions, but also to be a leading location for some of the world’s best contemporary artists at La Biennale … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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