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 the 2nd Festa della Cultura San Giovanni_Battista, a cultural festival organised by i Buontalenti group, […]

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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 Storico’ can be translated as ‘Historical Football/Soccer’. However, this unique Italian sport is more like […]

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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 on Dante’s epic poem after which Dan Brown also named ‘Inferno’. Dante’s ‘Inferno’ is one […]

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Florence’s Seedy Underbelly: Sex, Drugs & Renaissance

Sex, Drugs and the 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 past. This was a time when a scandal really was scandalous, and when acts that […]

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Putting the Mo’ on the Mona Lisa….

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, art tours Italy

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 with a tash? It’s actually not the first time that one of the most iconic […]

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WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

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 Tourism Day, in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has captured the hearts […]

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The coolest coffee in Italy!

Espresso coffee with a scoop of creamy gelato

  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 should never be ordered after a meal. In fact, in some restaurants the owners will […]

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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 around Florence, or anywhere in Tuscany for that matter, you can overhear many locals discussing […]

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