Siena: what to do and where to visit

Famous for its cuisine, medieval cityscape and its horse race held twice every year, known as the Palio, Siena is a must-see for anyone willing to explore what Tuscany has to offer in its different cities and towns. Local legend has it that this medieval hilltop town was founded by Senius and Aschius – which […]

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WINE HARVEST IN ITALY – The vat stats are in!

Now that the 2015 grape harvest in Italy is complete and production of the ensuing Italian wines is well underway, wine estates in Italy are able to reflect on the wine year that was. This summer saw the hottest temperatures on record combined with little rain fall – the perfect conditions for forming quality grapes […]

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Tuscany, Italy: Snow White

Taking a drive in the Pistoia province in Tuscany, on the way to the small town of Abetone. Less than 700 people call Abetone home, although they have a lot more company during the winter when many skiers flock to the area to take advantage of the snowy slopes. The history of Abetone dates back […]

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Italian Wine: what’s in a name?

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What’s in a name? That which we call a rosé, by any other name would taste as sweet. Italian wines may be very easy to drink. They might not however be so easy to understand. Italy has a complex naming system and more grape varieties (over 2000!) and more wine regions (over 400 officially registered […]

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Tuscany Towns: San Gimignano

  San Gimignano is one of the most famous and charming hilltop towns in Tuscany, Italy. And for good reason. Known for its towers (and its award-winning gelato), San Gimignano is the perfect representation of a well-preserved medieval hilltop town. It has something to offer for pretty much everyone. For history-lovers, it has a fascinating […]

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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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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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