Monthly Archives: August 2011

The heart of great art beats on in Italy

Italy has inspired some of the world’s greatest artists to create some of the best artworks ever created by man. The concept of Italian art invites thoughts of Michelangelo slaving away at the Sistine Chapel within the Vatican, of Botticelli … Continue reading

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Acquacotta – Classic Tuscan recipe to warm hearts and bellies!

Acquacotta translates to ‘cooked/boiled water’. Doesn’t sound like the most appetizing nor filling of meals. And yet, it is the name given to this traditional Tuscan recipe that was developed by the herdsmen, shepherds and coal miners who worked in … Continue reading

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Carbonara recipe – the myths, tips, and faking it

The story behind how Carbonara was created is almost as great as the delicious Italian recipe itself! The story goes that at the end of the war, American soldiers in Italy were craving a good ol’ fashioned fry up for … Continue reading

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Parco Faunistico del Monte Amiata – Tuscany’s Animal Park

In Tuscany’s Grossetto area, there is a great place to visit in Tuscany and a great way to spend a day in Tuscany getting back to nature. It’s the Parco Faunistico in the Monte Amiata area. Comprised of rocky paths … Continue reading

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Floored in Siena – one of Tuscany’s best secrets uncovered

Visit Italy and you may think there are more interesting things to look at than the ground*. But in one church, in one stunning Tuscan town, on just a few days each year, you may just be mistaken. Looking up, … Continue reading

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Italian Summer – heading for the hills of Tuscany!

As we treaded the Tuscan walking path, around half a dozen white butterflies flutter around us, as if curious to see just where we were headed. First it is past the charming Tuscan farmhouses, some with fruit and vegetable gardens … Continue reading

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Tuscan Sunsets – Best Views in Tuscany

One benefit of the rolling Tuscan hillside is the spectacular views afforded from atop. And there is not better time to enjoy the sight of the most beautiful wine country sprawled out before you than at sunset*. From Florence, the … Continue reading

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Keeping your cool in Florence – Swimming in Florence

Gelato and Italy’s great crushed-ice treat, granite, are two excellent ways to lower your temperature in Florence. But if you are looking for a complete immersion to cool off, there are some excellent ways to do so. You can take … Continue reading

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Venice’s Bridge of Sighs – it will take your breath away

Venice was constructed on a series of 117 islands connected by ornately carved bridges. Arguably one of the most unique is the Bridge of Sighs. In Italian, it is known as the Ponte dei Sospiri. Built high up to connect … Continue reading

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VISITING THE PYRAMIDS… OF ROME?

Let’s play a game of word association. We say ‘Gondola’, you would likely say ‘Venice’. We say ‘Michelangelo’, you may come up with ‘Florence’, ‘ David’ or perhaps ‘Sistine Chapel’. But how about ‘Pyramids’? Not many of us would call … Continue reading

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