Women and Wine – Donatella Cinelli Colombini in Tuscany

In 1998, Donatella Cinelli Colombini took over the running of the family Tuscan wine estates, comprising Casato in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. She sought out a professional cellar master at the local oenologist school in Siena. She was surprised to find that whilst all the male oenologists had either been sponsored by […]

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Traditional Italian Christmas Sweets: Panettone, Panforte & Pandoro

Panettone

Panetone, Panforte and Pandoro are some of Italy’s greatest Christmastime traditions. The origins of these delicious traditional Italian sweets are hidden in the names, with ‘pane’ in Italian means bread. ‘Pandoro’ translates to ‘golden bread’ for its colour, ‘Panforte’ to strong/hard bread and ‘Panetone’ to big bread. These Christmas treats were originally much more simple […]

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Away from the manger: the Italian Christmas Tradition of the Presepio

Away from the manger.

Christmas in Florence: The streets are all decked out in pretty Christmas lights, the shop windows around the historical city centre sparkle with stunning decorations, the Christmas market in Piazza Santa Croce is in full swing. And Piazza del Duomo in front of the stunning Cathedral in Florence is even more breathtaking than ever.

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December Slow Food Events in Italy

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The silly season is a great for any serious foodie. This is particularly so in Tuscany, where the foods are wholesome, hearty and delicious. And with most foods still prepared in traditional ways, they are even good for you! For the dedicated foodie, there are a great range of Slow Food events taking place in […]

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Vegetarian Food in Florence: from meat to mmmm-eat!

Simple flavours combine for the best tastes.

Working your gastronomical way through the list of must-try food in Florence, you’re gonna eat a lot of (albeit it absolutely delicious) meatstuff, none more famous than the Bistecca alla Fiorentina (that’s beefsteak Florentine style). But there is also much flare to vegetarian fare in Florence.

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Wild About Asparagus in Tuscany (including recipe!)

Food in Tuscany is dictated by the seasons, constantly changing according to what the landscape presents. In Tuscany right now, for those in the know, it is possible to find wild asparagus growing in the stunning surrounds. There is nothing like putting on your all-weather boots, and heading out for some walking (and foraging) through […]

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Chianti Castle

  It was a lovely, sunny Tuscan morning when we climbed into our small van and headed off to tour the world-famous wine country in Tuscany – Chianti. Winding through the roads that cling to the Tuscan hillsides, we passed through quaint Tuscan village towns. We spied the older locals congregating outside the local coffee […]

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