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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Happy Harvest: Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Tuscany, Italy

Olive oil used to be stored in specially made terracotta vats

Talk in Tuscany at this time of year is all about oil – the time of the harvest, the amount of olives collected, and finally the ‘liquid gold’ itself – Tuscany’s beloved cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Harvest is done when the olives are a nice mix of ripe (but not overly so) and […]

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Real Italian Dish: Risotto con Zucchine recipe

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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 COURGETTES risotto con zucchine Hi guys!!! You are ready for a new dish!?! Today we cooking […]

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Sweet Tastes of Tuscany: GIUGGIOLE

Sweet Tastes of Tuscany: GIUGGIOLE

These strange delicacies go by the name of giuggiole*. In season for the shortest while, they look like olives but the inside is more like a super-sweet crunchy green apple! So sweet are giuggiole, that there is even a saying to describe a saccharine, ‘cheesy’ ending for something –  ‘è finito in un brodo di […]

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