Glass & Crystal: Being clear about Italy’s most precious arts

Not always the most luggage-friendly things to buy in Italy, these special made-in-Italy items are definitely worth checking out. If you can’t squeeze in one of the glorious chandeliers, maybe you could splurge on a cute pair of earrings or some wine glasses instead… MURANO: The Glass Island, Venice The history of glassmaking in Venice […]

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Traditional Italian Recipe: Just add wine

The secret to all Italian dishes is great quality ingredients…and a dash of know-how. [Photo by Thomas Tolkien] A good excuse for opening a great bottle of wine is known in Italian as ‘cena’ – that is, dinner. Italians usually drink at least a glass of wine with each meal*. The wine may be bought […]

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Grateful for Thanksgiving – in Florence, Italy

Italy is one of the best places to visit to experience age-old traditions that have continued through to this day. But one tradition you’d probably not expect to experience is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in Florence. But if do happen to be in Florence for Thanksgiving (which in 2011 falls on Thursday, November 24th), you’ll […]

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Florence: Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler …and Nelson Mandela?

Seeing Bob Dylan live in concert is being involved in a part of history that thankfully has not yet become the past. He manages to put new twists on his classic songs, with lucky concert-goers witness to his ever-evolving musical genius. Florence is now lucky enough to be hosting one of Bob Dylan’s concerts which […]

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New Wine & Roasted Chestnuts – Tuscany’s best fruits & nuts combined

By an open fire, we sat around a large wooden table which had been handmade by our friend’s great-grandfather some centuries past. As we chatted away, we worked at scoring an X into the flat side of a great mound of chestnuts, just collected from our friend’s chestnut grove.   We then laid the nuts […]

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