IN TUSCANY: Lucca Comics & Games

Each October, the charming Tuscan town of Lucca hosts Lucca Comics and Games, an international festival of comic book, animation cinema, illustration and gaming. 2014 marks the 48th year of this unique event in Tuscany. What began as a small event held in one piazza has now grown to be an extravaganza held in various pavilions […]

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Celebrating Italy Bike Riders!

  With his recent Tour de France victory, Italian Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the world’s most famous cycling race in 16 years. It came just a few days after another important celebration for Italian cycling, the centenary of the birth of Gino Bartali. Born in 1914 in the quaint Tuscan village of […]

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Slick Snack: Italian Garlic Bread Recipe

Garlic bread is a traditional side dish served in many Italian restaurants… just not those actually in Italy. In Italy, you may find instead it’s leaner and lighter cousin, Bruschetta. What is commonly – albeit erroneously – called Bruschetta abroad (i.e. toasted bread with tomatoes) in Italy is actually called Bruschetta al Pomodoro (a.k.a toasted […]

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Italy in August – we’re all going on a summer holiday!

Summer is a great time to travel to Italy. The flavoursome tomatoes make it worth the journey in themselves! Then there is the gelato, the crisp white wines, the festivals, the divine weather… One tip though for anyone planning a summer vacation to Italy: if you can, try to avoid August, and specifically Ferragosto – […]

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The simplest Tuscan fish recipe: baked sea bass

Cooking in Tuscany comprises making delicious traditional Tuscan recipes using a few simple and fresh ingredients. One great example is baked sea bass – Branzino. This simple recipe is great for dinner parties as it can be prepared ahead of time, makes very little mess, looks impressive and tastes delicious! There is also no need […]

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New Year in Florence… in March?

A great travel tip for Italy is to check if any unique festivals and events are being held during the time of your visit. For example, March 25 is the day of the Annunciation. It is also the Florence New Year’s Day. Well, at least it was until 1750. But being that Florentines do love a […]

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Frittelle: delicious Tuscan sweet recipe

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Italians love marking every celebration and festival with a traditional food item. Around the time of Carnevale and the feast day of St Joseph (which in Italy is also Father’s Day), you’re likely to start seeing some delicious sweets known as Frittelle. Frittelle are rice cooked in milk then mixed into a sweet dough, formed […]

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Italian Epiphany: eat, drink…and sweep?

If you’re looking for a great excuse to break any new year diet resolutions, head to Italy! 6th January is the Epiphany day, marking the date Jesus was shown to be the son of God. On this day, Italian families gather for a big lunch (and consider that in Italy 2-3 courses are standard fare!), […]

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Flag Throwing in Florence: a medieval spectacular

Italians love a good celebration, even (or especially) if that means commemorating a victory dating back to Medieval times! Special occasions in Florence and Tuscany generally are often marked with street parades featuring flag throwers. The art of flag throwing dates back to Medieval and Renaissance times when military parades would be accompanied by their […]

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Project Pyramid: the rolling (& pointy) hills of Tuscany

It seems those rolling Tuscan hills aren’t always as undulating as once thought. In the small town of Rosano Fiorentino near Pontassieve, an archaeological project is underway in Tuscany after the discovery of three rather pointy hilltops. It is believed these may be three pyramids, built some 14 kilometres east of Florence. Visible up to […]

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