8 Lesser-Known Things to See and Do in Florence

You’ve seen the world-class museums, tasted Bistecca alla Fiorentina, and visited Florence’s impressive cathedrals. After all, a trip to Florence wouldn’t be the same without spending time visiting the must-see sites and experiencing the Renaissance city’s cultural treasures. Even in a city as popular with tourists as Florence, however, there are still plenty of off […]

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More Than Florence: Tuscany’s Unexplored Destinations

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Beaches to rival Sardinia and mountains that link with the Alps—countryside to seaside, skyline to mountain range, Tuscany is a treasure trove of art, nature, and wonder. Yes, technically a trip to Florence will still take you to Tuscany, since Florence is the capital of the Tuscan region, but that’s being literal. As beautiful as […]

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Italy’s Best Carnival Parties

Carnival, also known as carnevale or mardi gras, has been celebrated in Italy since the Middle Ages. If you are fascinated by the blending of Christian and pagan practice, and if you love a good party, you’ll enjoy a trip to Italy during the celebration of this festival, which marks the start of Lent. We’ve […]

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Explore Tuscan Wine with a Leading Wine Critic

  If you are coming to Tuscany with the intention of sampling the region’s excellent wines then we have an experience that can raise your tour from the level of the ordinary to the realm of the extraordinary. There’s no question that spending time with an expert can enhance your experience of whatever you are […]

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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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Unique Souvenirs to take from Italy

Souvenirs – that lovely token sitting on our desk that helps us deal a little better with our post-holiday blues once we’re back home. Be it a figurine of Florence’s Duomo, a traditional mask from Venice or a t-shirt saying “I love Rome” – we like to look at these mementos of our unforgettable experiences […]

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Vasari Corridor re-opens – Last opportunity to visit before its closure

After its closure last July, the Vasari Corridor has now re-opened to the public. Visitors now have the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the famous secret passageway before it is closed once again this December. It should then be open again more than a year later, as major renovation works are expected to […]

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Top reasons to visit Italy this Autumn

The days get shorter; the weather gets colder. Sulking, children and adults alike head back to school and to work after the summer holidays. Yes, autumn is right around the corner. Different seasons, different charms. We might sound like a proud mother when we say that all seasons here in Italy are beautiful, and autumn […]

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