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Project Pyramid: the rolling (& pointy) hills of Tuscany

It seems those rolling Tuscan hills aren’t always as undulating as once thought. In the small town of Rosano Fiorentino near Pontassieve, an archaeological project is underway in Tuscany after the discovery of three rather pointy hilltops. It is believed … Continue reading

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Learning Italian: Italy’s 3 magic words

Travelling to Italy, you may wish to be prepared with a few key words of Italian to get you by. Of course there is ‘Grazie’ (thank you) – making sure to also pronounce the e at the end, like grazi-è, … Continue reading

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It’s a sign – what to do in Italy

The best way to experience Italy is with the locals. And to do so, there is no better way than to follow the signs. Around cities and small towns, Italians place posters advertising events, markets, concerts, festivals, Renaissance fairs, parades … Continue reading

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Happy Harvest: Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Tuscany, Italy

Talk in Tuscany at this time of year is all about oil – the time of the harvest, the amount of olives collected, and finally the ‘liquid gold’ itself – Tuscany’s beloved cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Harvest is … Continue reading

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Shopping in Italy: the fashion for fine food, friends and fun

Italians generally don’t shop in mega shopping complexes*. Rather, shopping is done by visiting farmers markets and small stores run specialists in their trade. If you want bread, visit the baker. For meat, see the butcher. In the interest of … Continue reading

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Real Italian Dish: Risotto con Zucchine recipe

We were recently invited by Alberto, author of a fabulous home Italian cookery blog, to share his receipes, and with typical Italian recipes as delicious as the below (with step-by-step pictures to match!), how could we refuse?! RISOTTO (RICE) WITH … Continue reading

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Sweet Tastes of Tuscany: GIUGGIOLE

These strange delicacies go by the name of giuggiole*. In season for the shortest while, they look like olives but the inside is more like a super-sweet crunchy green apple! So sweet are giuggiole, that there is even a saying … Continue reading

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ITALIAN ZUCCHINI FLOWER RECIPES: ways and means

Maybe it is because they are only in season for a few weeks a year, or perhaps because of how delicate they are to prepare. Possibly it is because they just so pretty. But the most likely explanation as to … Continue reading

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Simple Summer Pasta Recipes

Standing over a hot stove preparing a delicious traditional slow-cooked Italian meal is divinely lovely in winter… but not so much in summer when we’d rather make a delicious traditional quick Italian recipe instead! That is why the Italians have … Continue reading

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Cooking in Italy: how to make (and pronounce!) bruschetta

‘Bruschetta’ is a traditional, simple and delicious starter to any meal. It was originally a meal enjoyed by workers in the fields who could easily roast up some bread and top it with some fresh ingredients for a quick dish … Continue reading

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