New clues in lost Da Vinci saga come to light!

News sites around the world are reporting on the exciting update on the search for the lost Leonardo da Vinci being sought out by our good friend Maurizio Seracini. The Leonardo da Vinci work was started in 1505 and lost soon thereafter. Seracini has been seeking out the work for some 40-years. Titled ‘The Battle […]

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Tuscan Christmas Feasts!

Gathered around a round table, places were elaborately set for the entire extended family. Our napkins were rolled up to look like crackers on the elaborate spread, with the tablecloth a traditional one made by the host’s grandmother and used at every Christmas lunch for generations. One wall of the dining room was taken up […]

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MONA LISA: ‘Tis the season to be Jolly as ‘La Gioconda’ plays tricks on us again!

Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork of Mona Lisa is possibly one of the most intriguing and debated art works in history. And the theories and ‘findings’ are almost as wonderful as the artwork itself – especially the latest one to emerge this week. Just who was she? What lies behind this woman’s enigmatic smile? Is there […]

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The bold & beautiful of the Uffizi Gallery – old art, new revelations

Who would have thought that in the 21st century, the world of Renaissance art could contain more drama than a soap opera? First, a long-sought-after Da Vinci is being hunted for as we speak (or rather, write). And now, it has been revealed that the home of Florence’s best art collection, the Uffizi Gallery, will […]

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The Lost Da Vinci: clues, controversy and now conclusion?

Art historians, art lovers, history buffs and Da Vinci fans around the world are anxiously awaiting the results of art sleuth Maurizio Seracini’s controversial investigation in finding a Leonardo da Vinci work which was started in 1505 and lost soon thereafter. Seracini’s near on 40-year search for the lost Da Vinci masterpiece, ‘The Battle of […]

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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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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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ITALIAN TRADITIONS: STRANGE GAMES & BALL SPORTS IN ITALY

Italians quite seriously say that the only guaranteed loves of their lives are their mothers and their football (soccer) team. In common, these two passions have that you are born with one, to whom you stick through thick and thin throughout your whole life, for good or bad or otherwise.   Whilst Italian football is […]

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Great city, great film set – films set in Rome and Italy

When touring around Rome, stepping along the same paths travelled throughout thousands of years of history, it seems like every corner you turn presents with an amazingly breath-taking sight. Italians, ever conscious of appearances and beauty, have created some of the most stunning monuments in the world. The rich Roman history coupled with the Italian […]

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Bewitching – Italy’s macabre past unearthed!

Amongst the gently undulating Tuscany hillside, draped with grape vines and dotted with olive groves, a dark and mysterious part of Italy’s history has been uncovered near Lucca. In a ground that may have been used as a witches burial ground, archaeologists have discovered bones dating back some 800 years, believed by to be those […]

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