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Top Tips for Italy Travel 2015 #1

Planning a trip to Italy? A little while back, we made a fun series of travel videos offering Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips. Now, we are here to share some new tips for travelling in Italy, gathered from our … Continue reading

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Interesting Italian Wives’Tales and Superstitions

Did you know that hiding a pair of scissors in a stream that runs near a house was thought to ‘cut away’ bad water from passing by so that only good water comes by the house? Reading Lisa Clifford’s fascinating … Continue reading

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Tessa Kiros chicken soup recipe

After the summer months of grilled meats, simple starters and other dishes that allow us to spend just a little time in the kitchen, as soon as the evening weather turned a little cool, the Artviva staff were very keen … Continue reading

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Being a loved and Loving Tourist

When visiting a foreign land, one of the most fascinating things to experience is the actual culture of the place you are visiting. But it is important to be a savvy and considerate traveller to ensure that you do not … Continue reading

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How to get even the most stubborn eaters to eat their greens? Try this delicious Tuscan Recipe from Lisa Clifford!

Nonna’s peas and one of the only ways I can get my son to eat something green: Good olive oil 4 cloves garlic Fistful of cubed pancetta dolce (or bacon) 3 cups of frozen peas Level teaspoon of sugar Salt … Continue reading

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SEBASTIANO CAPPONI TELLS US HOW THIS YEAR’S HARVEST IS COMING ALONG…COUNT

The first tractors lugging trays of just-harvested grapes have been seen on Tuscan streets, holding up cars driven by drivers who patiently trail behind, not in the slightest bit annoyed by the delays because they are fully aware that the … Continue reading

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Lisa Clifford’s The Promise to be made into a film!

‘The Promise’, a book written by our Artviva Festival presenter, and Tuscan local, Lisa Clifford, is being made into a feature-length film. We have just received the following information from the film Producer Stuart Scowcroft on the process of transforming … Continue reading

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GREVE IN CHIANTI CHIANTI CLASSICO WINE FESTIVAL starting today

Thursday 9th September to Sunday 12th September sees the 40th Greve in Chianti Chianti Classico wine festival. Cellars will be opened, wine will be offered for tasting and purchasing, and generally meeting the locals and seeing the sights. Local food … Continue reading

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Royal Food and Wine Pairing Suggestions

Principe Corsini, one of the esteemed guests at our Artviva Festival events, has a fantastic range of wines, which according to Principe Corsini, are exalted by food pairings such as the following suggestions: Entrée: Panzanella with quail egg and White … Continue reading

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The Machiavellian Origins of the Name Machiavelli

‘Machiavellian’ according to the Oxford Dictionary means, ‘the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct’. It derives from the name, Niccolò Machiavelli, author of ‘The Prince’. But did you know the origins of the actual name … Continue reading

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