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Our Wines of Nobility Tour: What to Expect

While many tours of Tuscany place a narrow focus on art and architecture, outings that cover more than one area of interest are perfect for making the most of your Italian getaway. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature … Continue reading

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Calcio Storico – Florence’s ancient ball sport

It’s Calcio Storico time, the historic football tournament played each year in Florence‘s Piazza Santa Croce. Arising in Florence during the 1500s, Calcio Storico (a.k.a. Calcio Fiorentino) is believed to have taken inspiration from games played during Roman times. It was … Continue reading

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Florence’s 1st Cultural Kickstarter Campaign Kicks Off

A new international crowdfunding campaign is being launched to restore the historic loggia of the Pazzi Chapel in Florence, Italy. It is the first time such an endeavour has been undertaken for a restauration in Florence, being led by the … Continue reading

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Slick Snack: Italian Garlic Bread Recipe

Garlic bread is a traditional side dish served in many Italian restaurants… just not those actually in Italy. In Italy, you may find instead it’s leaner and lighter cousin, Bruschetta. What is commonly – albeit erroneously – called Bruschetta abroad … Continue reading

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Weddings in Italy: traditions and superstitions

Getting married in Italy is enriched by great traditions (and some superstitions), many of which are still kept alive to this day. In the past, marriages would often be arranged by the families of the potential couple or even through the … Continue reading

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New Year in Florence… in March?

A great travel tip for Italy is to check if any unique festivals and events are being held during the time of your visit. For example, March 25 is the day of the Annunciation. It is also the Florence New Year’s … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Dolce & Gabbana sentenced to prison time

Next year’s great fashion trend may well be prison chic! Top fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to 20 months prison in Italy. They have been found guilty of tax evasion after Italian authorities claim the … Continue reading

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Enoteca: the great Italy wine tradition

It is quite normal for Italians to take a long lunch break to enjoy a nice lunch of pasta followed by a meat main, usually accompanied by local wine. Now, if it’s so common for Italians to have a glass … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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