New Year in Florence… in March?

A great travel tip for Italy is to check if any unique festivals and events are being held during the time of your visit. For example, March 25 is the day of the Annunciation. It is also the Florence New Year’s Day. Well, at least it was until 1750. But being that Florentines do love a […]

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Parades in Florence – history, tradition and fashion (of a sorts)

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Certainly a unique thing to see in Florence is a historical parade. For those of you that missed the spectacular event on 6th January in Italy, here are some photos of the re-enactment of the “Cavalcata dei Magi” – procession of the Three Wise Men – organised by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. […]

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Florence’s Seedy Underbelly: Sex, Drugs & Renaissance

Sex, Drugs and the Renaissance

You may be surprised to know that the Renaissance had more than its fair share of debauchery! In Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, some of the most rich and famous led shocking lifestyles that line the seedy underbelly of Florence’s past. This was a time when a scandal really was scandalous, and when acts that […]

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The fine art of coffee

And God said to Michelangelo...

As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous works including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to Michelangelo’s Creation of Man on the Sistine Chapel […]

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WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

7th November, 2012 is WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, a global initiative being celebrated with special events, communications and consumer promotions, demonstrating the tourism industry’s determination to make a real difference. Since its introduction five years ago, WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has captured the hearts […]

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Grateful for Thanksgiving – in Florence, Italy

Italy is one of the best places to visit to experience age-old traditions that have continued through to this day. But one tradition you’d probably not expect to experience is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in Florence. But if do happen to be in Florence for Thanksgiving (which in 2011 falls on Thursday, November 24th), you’ll […]

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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 complains that her truffle-hunting husband adores his prize truffle-hunting dogs much more than he adores […]

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