Spending Christmas in Italy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and it gets slightly more wonderful when spent the world’s most beautiful country – Italy (we might be slightly biased here…) As in many other countries, Christmas in Italy comes with a series of traditions starting as early as November – where in most towns and cities, one […]

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Unique Souvenirs to take from Italy

Souvenirs – that lovely token sitting on our desk that helps us deal a little better with our post-holiday blues once we’re back home. Be it a figurine of Florence’s Duomo, a traditional mask from Venice or a t-shirt saying “I love Rome” – we like to look at these mementos of our unforgettable experiences […]

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Vasari Corridor re-opens – Last opportunity to visit before its closure

After its closure last July, the Vasari Corridor has now re-opened to the public. Visitors now have the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the famous secret passageway before it is closed once again this December. It should then be open again more than a year later, as major renovation works are expected to […]

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Top reasons to visit Italy this Autumn

The days get shorter; the weather gets colder. Sulking, children and adults alike head back to school and to work after the summer holidays. Yes, autumn is right around the corner. Different seasons, different charms. We might sound like a proud mother when we say that all seasons here in Italy are beautiful, and autumn […]

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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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The Art of Shopping in Florence – Artisan Crafts

Florence has a rich history in artisan crafts. Besides offering great things to buy in Florence, stepping into the stores where artisans still ply their ancient trades is like stepping back in time – way back in time. Considering that the first craft guilds were established in the 12th century, these traditions would have been […]

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HIP TO BE (A SATOR) SQUARE – in Pompeii, Italy

Sator Square

What is a Sator Square? It is an ancient four-time palindrome* in Latin that can be read in every direction – that is, from  left-to-right, right-to-left, top-to-bottom and just to mix things a bit, even from bottom-to-top. The oldest Sator Square was found in Pompeii, Italy. Given that Pompeii was an ancient Roman city wiped out […]

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What remains – dark discoveries in Florence, Italy

Many may have skeletons in the closet, but it has recently been discovered that one of Florence’s must-see museums has been hiding much more than a metaphorical dark secret. An ancient mass grave holding around 60 skeletons has been found below Florence’s must-see art museum, the Uffizi Gallery. The bones were found by construction workers […]

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