6th January: Epiphany in Italy

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If you thought January diets were hard to stick to, spare a thought for the Italians. 6th January marks the date of the Epiphany, a much-celebrated feast day in Italy. Yep, that means Italians are all geared up for yet another great festive meal together. Families gather for the Epiphany to celebrate the date on […]

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Risotto – how nice is rice?! (Includes great Tessa Kiros risotto recipe!)

With all the amazing fresh produce available in the  local produce markets in Florence and Tuscany in general, organising a dinner for friends is a fun thing to do in Italy. In fact, our social calendar revolves around extending and accepting dinner invitations. In our house, cooking in Tuscany for our friends begins with sitting […]

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Fun in Florence – great things to do for the young and not-so-young!

When was the last time you had real fun? You know, actual giddy, giggling fun – like you had playing red rover-red rover in the school yard or skating in the park as a child, or spinning in circles until you fell laughing to the ground? Whilst we at Artviva enjoy showing lucky visitors to […]

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Mercantia – Europe’s best street theatre festival in one of Tuscany’s most charming towns

Once a year, in a small and charming medieval town in Tuscany, thousands of people flock to what is arguably Europe’s best street theatre festival – Mercantia. Each July, this great and unusual thing to do in Tuscany is held in the small Tuscan village town of Certaldo, a town comprised of ‘Certaldo Alto’ (translating […]

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