Monthly Archives: July 2011

Tiramisù: what history and grammar have to do with Italy’s best-loved desserts

It is not hot-off-the-press news that Italian food is delicious. There is, after all, a reason that it has spread throughout the world as a popular cuisine that is healthy, tasty and simple.   And sometimes the history behind the … Continue reading

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Bringing Photography to the Blind – Alinari Photography Museum of Florence

Think of art in Florence and one automatically thinks of Botticelli, Michelangelo and other great Renaissance artists on display in the must-see Florence museums of the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Museum. But one little-known museum in Florence, the Alinari photography … Continue reading

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It’s Fine Dining & Wining in Tuscany

  It was a stunning summer’s day when we set out from Florence to Tuscany with our own personal driver to explore the famous undulating Tuscan hillside and the treasures it bestows.   First, we stopped in the charming town … Continue reading

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Some Sage Advice – delicious and simple Tuscan sage recipes

Sage (‘salvia’), together with rosemary (‘rosmarino’, or in dialect, ‘ramerino’) are two of Tuscany’s favourite herbs.   Often found growing in gardens and balconies, these two spices get along so well in the kitchen. Yet surprisingly, in the garden they … Continue reading

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Mercantia – Europe’s best street theatre festival in one of Tuscany’s most charming towns

Once a year, in a small and charming medieval town in Tuscany, thousands of people flock to what is arguably Europe’s best street theatre festival – Mercantia. Each July, this great and unusual thing to do in Tuscany is held … Continue reading

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All hands up for Arnulf Rainer – great art(ist) in Venice

Austrian abstract artist Arnulf Rainer is emblazoning the Venice Biennale 2011 with his art, continuing his 33 year association with the famed Venice art event. Born in 1929 in Baden, Austria, Rainer has received international acclaim for his works that … Continue reading

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What’s so G.R.E.A.T. about I.G.P.&D.O.P.?

It is for good reason that Italian food is famous around the world. It is simple to make, delicious and healthy. In Italy, food also represents social gatherings and traditions, with it being quite normal for the family to gather … Continue reading

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Palio – Something spectactular to see in Siena

In the heart of Tuscany, Siena is located just over an hour away from the city of Florence. Traditionally there has been a lot of rivalry between the two cities after centuries of warring, takeovers and political conflict. These days … Continue reading

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Marina Abramović – art, viva

After three decades as a performance artists, Marina Abramovi? is known to refer to herself as the ‘grandmother of performance art’. But there is nothing old about her works, which continue to inspire, amaze and even bring people to tears! … Continue reading

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