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WINE HARVEST IN ITALY – The vat stats are in!

Now that the 2015 grape harvest in Italy is complete and production of the ensuing Italian wines is well underway, wine estates in Italy are able to reflect on the wine year that was. This summer saw the hottest temperatures … 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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Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips

Visiting Italy? We want to help you ensure your immersion into the Italian culture doesn’t turn into a culture clash. To help people who are planning a trip to Italy ensure they make the most their Italy vacation, we’ve selected … Continue reading

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Inferno: Vasari, Dante & the Battle of Marciano

Nowadays Tuscany is synonymous with relaxing vacations involving wine tastings, long lunches in a hilltop town and meandering about the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine. However, some of the most quaint Tuscan villages actually share a long and violent … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The fine art of coffee

As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous … Continue reading

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Real Italian Dish: Risotto con Zucchine recipe

We were recently invited by Alberto, author of a fabulous home Italian cookery blog, to share his receipes, and with typical Italian recipes as delicious as the below (with step-by-step pictures to match!), how could we refuse?! RISOTTO (RICE) WITH … Continue reading

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Simple Summer Pasta Recipes

Standing over a hot stove preparing a delicious traditional slow-cooked Italian meal is divinely lovely in winter… but not so much in summer when we’d rather make a delicious traditional quick Italian recipe instead! That is why the Italians have … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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