Tuscany’s most famous trees

In the rolling countryside of Tuscany, the hills undulate so smoothly it looks like you could row a boat over them. Driving through Tuscany*, we passed through the stunning area of Torrenieri, a locality in the Val D’Orcia – Montalcino area of Tuscany where we stopped to take photographs of the most famous little cluster […]

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Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ sets Florence ablaze!

  ‘Inferno’, the latest novel by Dan Brown, is set in Florence Robert Langdon returns, treading through the Florence city streets as he deciphers the codes and mysteries in Dan Brown’s latest thriller, ‘Inferno’. Much of the novel is based on Dante’s epic poem after which Dan Brown also named ‘Inferno’. Dante’s ‘Inferno’ is one […]

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Women and Wine – Donatella Cinelli Colombini in Tuscany

In 1998, Donatella Cinelli Colombini took over the running of the family Tuscan wine estates, comprising Casato in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. She sought out a professional cellar master at the local oenologist school in Siena. She was surprised to find that whilst all the male oenologists had either been sponsored by […]

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The Greats Create – Fashion in Florence

For such a small city, the number of great artists and important historical figures emanating from Florence is astounding. At various times throughout its history, artists including Michelangelo, Giotto, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, Masaccio, Vasari and Leonardo da Vinci called Florence home (or, more likely ‘casa’, home in Italian!) But this Florentine creativity did not end […]

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Canti Di Maggio – Mayday Traditional Festivities Tuscany, Italy

May Day is a tradition still alive today in Tuscany, Italy as an allegory of the return to life and rebirth. The magic-propitiatory rite is often done during a questing where, in exchange for gifts (traditionally eggs, wine, food or sweets), the maggianti or maggerini sing auspicious verses to the inhabitants of the houses they […]

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