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Traditional Italian Christmas Sweets: Panettone, Panforte & Pandoro

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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La Befana – brooms, coal and delicious traditional Italian food!

Italian children may well be the luckiest in the world. Just a short time after Christmas, on the 6th January, there’s La Befana. The strange idea behind it is that on the Epiphany eve, an old witch hops on her … Continue reading

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Slow Food: Cutigliano, Chestnuts and Castagnaccio

From December 4 to 12, the Tuscan town of Cutigliano is hosting ‘Natale Slow’ ? a food and wine festival in association with Italy’s famed Slow Food movement. Cutigliano is a small village town dating back to Medieval times. It … Continue reading

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Tuscan Christmas Traditions – Florence, food and family

As if Tuscany isn’t spectacular enough at any time of the year, add the magic of Christmas into the mix and you have a truly wonderful, unforgettable festive season.   In Florence, and in the surrounding hill towns, the streets … Continue reading

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