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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Tuscan Tastes – how good food equals good friends

One of us at Artviva has new neighbours who have just moved in to the apartment downstairs. There is the ‘nonna’, ‘mamma’ and two children, aged 7 and 9. The husband is coming along next week after taking care of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Latest Autumn Fashion from Italy: dressing like an onion?

When the seasons start to change, the Italians have  a lovely way to express how you should dress: ‘come una cipolla’ – like an onion. The saying perfectly captures the idea of layering so that when the mornings are lovely … Continue reading

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The Tough Task of Training Truffle-hunting Dogs in Tuscany

  Being a truffle hunter more than a hobby, it is a lifestyle, a religion. It takes patience, and practice, dedication and determination. One of our great friends is the wife of one such a truffle hunter, and she often … Continue reading

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Putting their behind behind a great cause – charity bike ride against drunk driving

Italy is famous worldwide for its wine and yet most Italians consume alcohol in moderation, and always with food. The culture of binge or hobby drinking has not quite arrived on these shores. Unfortunately that means that drink driving has … Continue reading

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Food worth holding onto – Tuscan sandwich secrets

One day stepping out of our office for a quick bite to eat, we came across one of our favourite people in Florence* rushing past. ‘We were just coming to visit you!’, we say. Then, trying not to panic at … Continue reading

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The simple things in life are always the best in Tuscany

The mornings are still a little fresh in Tuscany, but the Tuscan sun soon warms up the signature rolling hills of Tuscany. Mornings in Tuscany are wonderfully passed by taking a ‘passegiata’, a walk up, over and around the hillside, … Continue reading

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