Celebrating Italy Bike Riders!

  With his recent Tour de France victory, Italian Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the world’s most famous cycling race in 16 years. It came just a few days after another important celebration for Italian cycling, the centenary of the birth of Gino Bartali. Born in 1914 in the quaint Tuscan village of […]

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Traditional Italian Ossobuco recipe – the hole truth

Ossobuco translates to something akin to ‘hole of the bone’. Asides from being further proof that almost anything sounds better if you say it in Italian, it is a great traditional Italian recipe that is easy to make and delicious to eat. In following the great Italian tradition of having friends over for dinner, this […]

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Florence city: a beauty that improves with age

  Passing through the Tuscan  countryside, with its hilltop towns surrounded poppy-peppered fields, grape vines and olive groves,  stand romantic ruins – long-abandoned farmhouses and villas, their sandstone blocks crumbling back into the earth from whence they came, wild ivy slowly swallowing these once-majestic homes. These are the images that postcards, coffee table books, and […]

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Grapes in Tuscany – from harvest to wines, mains & sweets

With the 2011 harvest for the most part completed, a little earlier this year owing to the dry weather in Tuscany this summer, there is much excitement about the forecasted great 2011 vintage. Tuscan reds from 2011 are expected to be exceptionally good, with the low rain fall meaning there is less water content in […]

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