It’s a sign – what to do in Italy

The best way to experience Italy is with the locals. And to do so, there is no better way than to follow the signs. Around cities and small towns, Italians place posters advertising events, markets, concerts, festivals, Renaissance fairs, parades and – some of our favourite events – ‘sagre‘. Sagre – local specialty food festivals […]

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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 a range of pointers for your Italy holiday that help you avoid the most common […]

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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 or two of wine a day each – and that’s just at lunchtime! –  you […]

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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 area of Tuscany where we stopped to take photographs of the most famous little cluster […]

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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 was surprised to find that whilst all the male oenologists had either been sponsored by […]

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The Greats Create – Fashion in Florence

For such a small city, the number of great artists and important historical figures emanating from Florence is astounding. At various times throughout its history, artists including Michelangelo, Giotto, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, Masaccio, Vasari and Leonardo da Vinci called Florence home (or, more likely ‘casa’, home in Italian!) But this Florentine creativity did not end […]

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Canti Di Maggio – Mayday Traditional Festivities Tuscany, Italy

May Day is a tradition still alive today in Tuscany, Italy as an allegory of the return to life and rebirth. The magic-propitiatory rite is often done during a questing where, in exchange for gifts (traditionally eggs, wine, food or sweets), the maggianti or maggerini sing auspicious verses to the inhabitants of the houses they […]

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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 a little research into the do’s and don’ts, the lay of the land you’re travelling […]

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December Slow Food Events in Italy

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The silly season is a great for any serious foodie. This is particularly so in Tuscany, where the foods are wholesome, hearty and delicious. And with most foods still prepared in traditional ways, they are even good for you! For the dedicated foodie, there are a great range of Slow Food events taking place in […]

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Rugby: Italy v’s Australia

The Australian Wallabies on the field.

Italians are best known for their skills on the soccer field, but have been tackling another ball sport of late, having a ‘try’ (boom-tish) at rugby, and are not doing too bad at getting a boot in on the international rugby scene. Today, the Italian rugby team are taking on the Australian Wallabies at Florence’s […]

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