Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bewitching – Italy’s macabre past unearthed!

Amongst the gently undulating Tuscany hillside, draped with grape vines and dotted with olive groves, a dark and mysterious part of Italy’s history has been uncovered near Lucca. In a ground that may have been used as a witches burial … Continue reading

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Grapes in Tuscany – from harvest to wines, mains & sweets

With the 2011 harvest for the most part completed, a little earlier this year owing to the dry weather in Tuscany this summer, there is much excitement about the forecasted great 2011 vintage. Tuscan reds from 2011 are expected to … Continue reading

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Latest Autumn Fashion from Italy: dressing like an onion?

When the seasons start to change, the Italians have  a lovely way to express how you should dress: ‘come una cipolla’ – like an onion. The saying perfectly captures the idea of layering so that when the mornings are lovely … Continue reading

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Tuscan Wine at the ‘VINO AL VINO’ Festival in Panzano

The Tuscan countryside flashes post-card perfect before us as we curve along the winding Tuscan countryside roads on our way from Florence to the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The cypress-pierced Tuscan landscape arches up as if wanting to lift the trees … Continue reading

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Risotto – how nice is rice?! (Includes great Tessa Kiros risotto recipe!)

With all the amazing fresh produce available in the  local produce markets in Florence and Tuscany in general, organising a dinner for friends is a fun thing to do in Italy. In fact, our social calendar revolves around extending and … Continue reading

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Fun in Florence – great things to do for the young and not-so-young!

When was the last time you had real fun? You know, actual giddy, giggling fun – like you had playing red rover-red rover in the school yard or skating in the park as a child, or spinning in circles until … Continue reading

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Terracotta Fair – cooked earth, fine art in Florence

One of Tuscany’s great traditions is about to be showcased in Florence – artworks made from ceramics and terracotta at the Fiera Internazionale della Ceramica 2011. Terracotta and ceramics have played an important role in the history of Italy dating … Continue reading

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A little-known Tuscan treasure: San Casciano

Think Tuscany – or dream Tuscany as the case may rightly be! – and perhaps your mind travels to Italy and winds up in Siena and the charming village town of San Gimignano village towns in Tuscany. Maybe you mentally … Continue reading

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Setting sights on sites & scents of Florence: Pitti Immagine FRAGRANZE

Tuscans love to tell the story of how their very own Catherine De’ Medici left her home in Florence in 1533 for France to marry then-prince and later King Henry II, taking with her the traditional Tuscan recipe for Onion … Continue reading

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Garibaldi – stature and statues in Italy

Visit Florence, Rome, Venice, or almost any other Italian city, town or charming village in Italy, and you are bound to find a street, piazza, important building or monument named ‘Garibaldi’ (pronounced something like, ‘Garry-ba-l-dee’). Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) has become a … Continue reading

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