Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cinque Terre – bad weather causes havoc on the famous ‘5 lands’

Such a terrible tragedy in the wonderful Cinque Terre after floods along the Tuscan and Ligurian coasts caused not only massive damage, but also the loss of several lives. Some 600 people have been evacuated and transport in the area … Continue reading

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Standing Still and Moving Forward on the Streets of Florence

Florence is so full of wonderful masterpieces by some of the greatest artists in history. The Uffizi Gallery houses what is arguably one of the finest collections of Renaissance art (and the Accademia is home to what many claim is … Continue reading

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Biking through Tuscany – some great photos from our day in Tuscany by bike

After collecting our multi-speed mountain bikes, we headed off towards Florence’s River Arno, crossing over a bridge that gave us the most spectacular view of the ‘Old Bridge’ lined with gold jewellery stores, the Ponte Vecchio. Crossing through Florence, it … Continue reading

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Slow & Steady Wins the Taste – Slow Food in Tuscany

The knock at the door of our apartment in Tuscany came in the early evening. ‘Sono io’ – ‘It’s me’, cried out our neighbour. Opening the door, we were presented with a steaming saucepan. ‘Assaggia’, he said. ‘Taste this’. Our … Continue reading

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ITALIAN TRADITIONS: STRANGE GAMES & BALL SPORTS IN ITALY

Italians quite seriously say that the only guaranteed loves of their lives are their mothers and their football (soccer) team. In common, these two passions have that you are born with one, to whom you stick through thick and thin … Continue reading

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Traditional Italian Ossobuco recipe – the hole truth

Ossobuco translates to something akin to ‘hole of the bone’. Asides from being further proof that almost anything sounds better if you say it in Italian, it is a great traditional Italian recipe that is easy to make and delicious … Continue reading

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Great city, great film set – films set in Rome and Italy

When touring around Rome, stepping along the same paths travelled throughout thousands of years of history, it seems like every corner you turn presents with an amazingly breath-taking sight. Italians, ever conscious of appearances and beauty, have created some of … Continue reading

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Tuscan Tastes – how good food equals good friends

One of us at Artviva has new neighbours who have just moved in to the apartment downstairs. There is the ‘nonna’, ‘mamma’ and two children, aged 7 and 9. The husband is coming along next week after taking care of … Continue reading

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Tuscany’s hilltop towns – practically charming

Visit Tuscany and you may wonder why all the locals live in apartments stacked up in the charming Tuscan hilltop towns, instead of sprawled out in villas and farmhouses around the Tuscan countryside. Whilst these Tuscan hilltop towns certainly make … Continue reading

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Florence city: a beauty that improves with age

  Passing through the Tuscan  countryside, with its hilltop towns surrounded poppy-peppered fields, grape vines and olive groves,  stand romantic ruins – long-abandoned farmhouses and villas, their sandstone blocks crumbling back into the earth from whence they came, wild ivy … Continue reading

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