Inferno: Vasari, Dante & the Battle of Marciano

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Nowadays Tuscany is synonymous with relaxing vacations involving wine tastings, long lunches in a hilltop town and meandering about the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine. However, some of the most quaint Tuscan villages actually share a long and violent history involving bloody battles, deep deceptions and  frightening feuds that spanned centuries. Some of these […]

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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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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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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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DOs, DON’Ts & OH NO, YOU DIDN’T?!s: Etiquette in Italy

Part of the joys of travel to a foreign land is about immersing yourself in a new culture, embracing alternative ways of living and experiencing differences. As such, part of any preparations for a trip to another land should involve a little research into the do’s and don’ts, the lay of the land you’re travelling […]

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December Slow Food Events in Italy

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The silly season is a great for any serious foodie. This is particularly so in Tuscany, where the foods are wholesome, hearty and delicious. And with most foods still prepared in traditional ways, they are even good for you! For the dedicated foodie, there are a great range of Slow Food events taking place in […]

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Vegetarian Food in Florence: from meat to mmmm-eat!

Simple flavours combine for the best tastes.

Working your gastronomical way through the list of must-try food in Florence, you’re gonna eat a lot of (albeit it absolutely delicious) meatstuff, none more famous than the Bistecca alla Fiorentina (that’s beefsteak Florentine style). But there is also much flare to vegetarian fare in Florence.

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Morning Walk on the Cobbled Streets of Florence

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After a deliciously frothy cappuccino and flaky pastry from our favourite bakery, we set out for an early morning walk around the charming historical city centre of Florence. Stepping out onto the streets of Florence, we passed our local baker out hand-delivering the just-baked pastries to the local coffee shops, sweet delights destined to be […]

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