9 Perfect Day Trips from Florence

Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture, is known by many to be among the world’s most beautiful destinations. If you’ve soaked in the fashion, fine dining, and ambiance of the city and discovered its ins and outs, you’re ready to branch out and explore the surrounding areas. From the nearby seaside, rolling hills, […]

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Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips: Communication

Visiting Italy? We’ve created a series of fun videos that provide serious points of Italy travel advice and the first one is out now!         Be sure your immersion into the Italian culture doesn’t turn into a culture clash. There are many more do’s and don’ts, social norms, expectations and etiquettes and […]

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It’s a sign – what to do in Italy

The best way to experience Italy is with the locals. And to do so, there is no better way than to follow the signs. Around cities and small towns, Italians place posters advertising events, markets, concerts, festivals, Renaissance fairs, parades and – some of our favourite events – ‘sagre‘. Sagre – local specialty food festivals […]

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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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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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Cooking in Italy: how to make (and pronounce!) bruschetta

Cooking in Italy: how to make (and pronounce!) bruschetta

‘Bruschetta’ is a traditional, simple and delicious starter to any meal. It was originally a meal enjoyed by workers in the fields who could easily roast up some bread and top it with some fresh ingredients for a quick dish on the go. The term traditionally refers to bread baked in the oven or toasted […]

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San Lorenzo – prepare your wishes for this stellar night in Italy!

Falling Perseid meteors - 'stelle cadenti' that many Italians will be wishing upon for San Lorenzo.

Tonight, Italy is celebrating the night of San Lorenzo, when ‘stelle cadenti’ – falling stars – are set to streak across the night skies. Whilst falling stars are much more common towards the end of July and the beginning of August, the evening of San Lorenzo is the night in which the falling stars are […]

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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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Fiesole: Etruscans, Romans, Florentines…and Native Americans?!

Fiesole – charming hilltop town, surrounded by stunning Tuscan panoramas and postcard-worthy views of nearby Florence. But tonight, this serene Tuscan village town is hosting an event which may seem somewhat out of context – an evening of Native American music performed by the Sacred Drums group! But cultural exchange is nothing new for this […]

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