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 actual recipes is almost as interesting as the great dishes themselves.   Take Tiramisu for […]

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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 museum, is dedicated to the preservation and display of another art form, photography.   With […]

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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 don’t really get on. In fact, Tuscans will usually plant the Tuscan lavender in between […]

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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 in the small Tuscan village town of Certaldo, a town comprised of ‘Certaldo Alto’ (translating […]

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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 have evolved, and continue to evolve, throughout his prolific career. Rainer’s work is often categorised […]

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