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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The Best of Tuscany Tour: What to Expect

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  Tuscany has so much to offer: art, history, local culture, food, wine, countryside and sunshine. It can be really tough to know where to start to get the best from the region. Personally I’m still discovering new delights, even after spending years here and after countless Tuscany tours. So if you’re only visiting the […]

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New Year’s Eve in Italy – from red underwear to throwing pans and pots

We’ve no doubt that Italians like a good celebration: and New Year’s Eve is no exception to the rule. Another year draws to an end, and people worldwide gather to celebrate the happenings of the year past – and hope for a better year ahead. Different cultures mean different celebrations – and Italy has some […]

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Spending Christmas in Italy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and it gets slightly more wonderful when spent the world’s most beautiful country – Italy (we might be slightly biased here…) As in many other countries, Christmas in Italy comes with a series of traditions starting as early as November – where in most towns and cities, one […]

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Siena: what to do and where to visit

Famous for its cuisine, medieval cityscape and its horse race held twice every year, known as the Palio, Siena is a must-see for anyone willing to explore what Tuscany has to offer in its different cities and towns. Local legend has it that this medieval hilltop town was founded by Senius and Aschius – which […]

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Bookstores in Florence

Whether it’s to keep you company on a long train ride, or a newly-found interest, or simply token to take back home – shopping for books is part of almost anyone’s itinerary when on holiday. With Italy having culture and the arts so deeply rooted in its daily life, it comes to no surprise that […]

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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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Florence’s Finer Details – the Column of Saint Zenobius

  With all the marvellous monuments to see in Florence’s city centre, it’s easy to miss a relatively small and unimposing column. Yet just near the Florence Cathedral, right by the Baptistery, is the Saint Zenobius column. Right in the heart of the historical city centre of Florence, the Saint Zenobius column is said to […]

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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #8: Eat like a local, with the locals

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Italians eat dinner late, usually sitting down to dine in Italy at around 8.00-9.00 pm. Restaurants thus have their first seatings at around 7.30pm. Our latest tip for travelling in Italy is: eat dinner later for a true Italian dining experience! If you find somewhere that is willing to serve up a ‘traditional’ Italian meal […]

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