Cutting Edges: Gardens in Florence, Tuscany

Santa Croce...in bloom?!

The term ‘guerrilla’ comes from the Spanish for ‘little war’. Historically it has been utilised to refer to partisan warfare, however new and much more pleasant uses have been blooming around the world, and Florence is no exception. There is Guerrilla Filmmaking and the colourful Guerrilla Knitting* (also known as ‘yarn bombing’) for instance. However, perhaps […]

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Popes & Roses: A day out in Tuscany

It was a wonderfully overcast Sunday morning, the kind that almost insists you stay in bed that little extra, take a bit more time sipping on your morning coffee and contemplating the meaning of life…or at least what you’ll be having for lunch. Clearly we weren’t the only ones focusing on such important questions (lunch, […]

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FAIR FIESOLE: Parks, Parkour and Precious Objects

From Florence, Fiesole is but a short drive (or a longer but lovely hike!) up a winding ancient road that gives the gift of spectacular Tuscan views with each curve of the road. Normally a quiet little village overlooking the magnificent Tuscan landscape, on this particular day the central piazza of this Tuscan town was […]

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Cooking in Florence – Easy as pi…zza!

Italians aren’t so big on pie as such, but they do love their pizza! Since we organise wonderful hands-on cooking classes in Florence and Tuscany, we in the Artviva office should also know how to cook these wonderful recipes, right? So along we went one evening to the local cookery school, rolled up our sleeves, […]

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Under the Tuscan Snow

With the temperature in Tuscany forecast to be one of the coldest days of the season, we for some reason decided it was a great day to go for a long walk in the park! So it was we set out for a walk in Tuscany, dressed like big puffy marshmallows in our winter coats […]

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San Gimignano – ‘passeggiata’, pictures and pronunciation

Before the forecast snow in Tuscany began to fall, we decided to head out to San Gimignano for a wonderful day out in the Tuscan countryside. We stopped along the way to enjoy the views of the ‘Tuscan Manhattan’ on the horizon – so called for the charming Tuscan village town’s collection of medieval towers […]

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Tuscany 2012 – just like fine wine and good women

Yes, just like fine wine and good women, Tuscany just gets better and better with each passing year. After the massive eat-fests of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we decided to spend the first days of 2012 in Tuscany on our feet! Luckily for us, we live in the land where stunning Tuscan hilltop towns […]

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Tuscan Winter: how the seasons change

Tuscany in December. If you could taste the way the Tuscan countryside looks right now, it would surely taste like cinnamon. The leaves and the birds have left the trees, abandoned nests left in full display. The countryside has evolved from its bright spring-time hues of royal purple and burning yellow of the wild flowers […]

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VINEGAR: simple recipes, simple pleasures

As with all great things in life (namely, wine and women) vinegar just keeps getting better with age. We’ve been cooking lots of traditional Italian recipes using vinegar of late, after being recently given a mother of red wine vinegar, to be used to create our very own red wine vinegar at home.

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Truffles – Tuscany’s tastiest treats!

One or twice a year, we are invited to a farmhouse nestled in the Tuscan hills to enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch with a lovely Tuscan family. The invitation comes however with a strict warning – the location must be kept top-secret! The reason?

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