11 Things To Do in Florence With Kids of All Ages

Although Italy isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of traveling with kids, there are plenty of fun things to do for the whole family in Florence around every corner. From wide open gardens and piazzas to enjoy, to interactive and kid-friendly museums, there is something for all age groups and […]

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Christmas in Italy? Our Favourite Destinations

Everyone will tell you that Christmas in Italy is a magical time, and I would not hesitate to agree. Yuletide visitors get to enjoy the twinkling lights and tasteful city decorations that enhance the already charming historic centres. Italians extend their celebrations through the Feast of Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night), so those visitors […]

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Tuscan Truffles: Two New ArtViva Experiences!

Elusive, astonishingly expensive, and beloved by top chefs and foodies, the truffle remains one of the world’s most sought after and intriguing ingredients. To get an idea of just how in-demand this tiny tuber is, consider some recent sales at auction: in 2014 a Sabatino truffle sold at Sotheby’s for $50,000, while a pair of white […]

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Farmers Markets in Florence

Florence is blessed with a selection of wonderful farmers markets where seasonal fruits and vegetables abound as well as quality traditional products, from meats, fish, and cheese counters to wines, coffee and liquors. The most notable Florentine markets are the Mercato Centrale di Firenze in the San Lorenzo neighborhood and the Sant’Ambrogio Market near the piazza of the […]

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Unique Souvenirs to take from Italy

Souvenirs – that lovely token sitting on our desk that helps us deal a little better with our post-holiday blues once we’re back home. Be it a figurine of Florence’s Duomo, a traditional mask from Venice or a t-shirt saying “I love Rome” – we like to look at these mementos of our unforgettable experiences […]

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Top Tuber – Truffle Risotto Recipe

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As avid foodies in Florence, nothing excites us more than finding fresh truffles. In Italy, truffles are regularly sold from fool stalls at markets and fairs. Some grocers will sometimes have them, as may certain delicatessens (“gastronomia” or “alimentari”). If you’re truly lucky, you may have a truffle-hunting friend or neighbour who that can keep […]

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Eating gluten free in Italy

Travelling with a food intolerance (such as gluten) or allergy (like with celiac disease) is never easy. Visiting Italy and eating gluten-free might seem daunting, almost impossible, to some. The good news is that the prevalence of wheat in the Italian cuisine has made the land of pizza, pasta and bread one of the most […]

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Italy travel tip #5: Bigger isn’t better for best restaurants in Italy

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Looking for where to eat in Italy? See a menu offering a large variety of different kind of foods such as pizza, pasta, seafood, meat and more? Most Italians would keep walking. Our tip for dining in Italy is: look for Italian restaurants with small menus. Italian food is great for its simplicity, for its […]

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Delicious Italian Christmas Recipes

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Planning a great (and easy) Christmas meal? Italians have a great traditional festive menu that allows for much advance preparation so everyone can enjoy the most family time together during the Christmas lunch and dinner meals. A traditional Italian Christmas feast will begin with some simple starters like crostini, a simple platter of  ham and […]

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