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Florence Festival: San Giovanni Battista, Patron Saint of Florence

Florence’s patron saint is no less than St John the Baptist – San Giovanni Battista – and with June 24 being the feast day of St John the Baptist, Florence is set to go all out with celebrations. This year marks … Continue reading

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Calcio Storico: Florence’s toughest footballers… in those trousers?!

  Florence is getting ready for the latest series of Calcio Storico (also known as Calcio Fiorentino), a unique sport which originated in Tuscany in the 1500s. ‘Calcio’ translates to both ‘kick’ and also to ‘football/soccer’ in Italian, thus ‘Calcio … Continue reading

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Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ sets Florence ablaze!

  ‘Inferno’, the latest novel by Dan Brown, is set in Florence Robert Langdon returns, treading through the Florence city streets as he deciphers the codes and mysteries in Dan Brown’s latest thriller, ‘Inferno’. Much of the novel is based … Continue reading

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Florence’s Seedy Underbelly: Sex, Drugs & Renaissance

You may be surprised to know that the Renaissance had more than its fair share of debauchery! In Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, some of the most rich and famous led shocking lifestyles that line the seedy underbelly of Florence’s … Continue reading

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Putting the Mo’ on the Mona Lisa….

Mo’ debate has raged about the true identity of Mona Lisa and the meaning behind the painting. (S)he has also inspired a great stache of songs  (lots & lots  of songs!) and several films. But what would Leonardo da Vinci think about seeing his portrait depicted … Continue reading

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WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

7th November, 2012 is WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, a global initiative being celebrated with special events, communications and consumer promotions, demonstrating the tourism industry’s determination to make a real difference. Since its introduction five years ago, WTM World Responsible … Continue reading

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The coolest coffee in Italy!

  Italians may not follow road rules, and let’s not even get into discussing Italian politics, but when it comes to coffee, there are many hard-and-fast traditions not to be messed with. For instance, cappuccino is a breakfast coffee, which … Continue reading

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Stracciatella – The Streaky, Easy & Tasty Rome Recipe

‘Stracciatella’, when referring to gelato, means choc-chip. It is also a type of creamy cheese from the south of Italy. But when referring to a delicious traditional starter, it is a typical Roman recipe of home-made broth into which an … Continue reading

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Awesome Artichokes & the Sacred Sagra

From the word ‘sacred’ comes the ‘sagra’ – a weekend food festival dedicated to showcasing the best of local cuisine in a casual setting. Going to a sagra is a great thing to do in Italy. It allows you to … Continue reading

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Italian Easter Food Traditions – Long lunches & lamb recipes

Most festivals and special occasions in Italy are marked by the preparation of specialty dishes enjoyed at wonderfully set tables around which all the family gather. Preparations can take days, and in the lead up to special feast days walking … Continue reading

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