Vatican Museum on Time Magazine’s list of The Most Influential Places in History

  And we have no argument with that!* Time magazine states, ‘The museums house Raphael’s The School of Athens, Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness and the Belvedere Torso as well as Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. More than 4 million people visit each year.’ The full list of Time Magazine’s Most Influential […]

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Artisans & Art in Florence, Tuscany – Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato

Florence, the majestic capital of Tuscany, is known for being the capital of the Renaissance. Some of the history’s greatest artists produced some of the world’s best artworks here. This artistic flair has also been applied to artisan crafts the local Florentines have come to specialise in – most prominently jewellery-making, leather crafts, gold leaf […]

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Awesome Artichokes & the Sacred Sagra

From the word ‘sacred’ comes the ‘sagra’ – a weekend food festival dedicated to showcasing the best of local cuisine in a casual setting. Going to a sagra is a great thing to do in Italy. It allows you to mingle with the locals, eat great traditional Italian food and experience one of the most […]

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Wild About Asparagus in Tuscany (including recipe!)

Food in Tuscany is dictated by the seasons, constantly changing according to what the landscape presents. In Tuscany right now, for those in the know, it is possible to find wild asparagus growing in the stunning surrounds. There is nothing like putting on your all-weather boots, and heading out for some walking (and foraging) through […]

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Italian Easter Food Traditions – Long lunches & lamb recipes

Most festivals and special occasions in Italy are marked by the preparation of specialty dishes enjoyed at wonderfully set tables around which all the family gather. Preparations can take days, and in the lead up to special feast days walking around Florence, or anywhere in Tuscany for that matter, you can overhear many locals discussing […]

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