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Heracles and Nessus restored in Florence, Italy

    In the late 1500s, Italian artist Giovanni Caccini completed his recreation of the Ercole e Nesso (Heracles and Nessus) statue. The artwork depicts the strong man of Greek mythology overpowering the centaur, not long before Heracles himself died … Continue reading

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Inspired by…Michelangelo’s David

American gun maker ArmaLite has received a lot of unexpected publicity in reaction to their ad featuring Florence’s beloved Michelanglo’s David holding a rifle. The ad has caused a great stir, and not just concerning infringements on copyright protecting the … Continue reading

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Traditional Italian Ossobuco recipe – the hole truth

Ossobuco translates to something akin to ‘hole of the bone’. Asides from being further proof that almost anything sounds better if you say it in Italian, it is a great traditional Italian recipe that is easy to make and delicious … Continue reading

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Tuscan Tastes – how good food equals good friends

One of us at Artviva has new neighbours who have just moved in to the apartment downstairs. There is the ‘nonna’, ‘mamma’ and two children, aged 7 and 9. The husband is coming along next week after taking care of … Continue reading

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Florence city: a beauty that improves with age

  Passing through the Tuscan  countryside, with its hilltop towns surrounded poppy-peppered fields, grape vines and olive groves,  stand romantic ruins – long-abandoned farmhouses and villas, their sandstone blocks crumbling back into the earth from whence they came, wild ivy … Continue reading

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Bewitching – Italy’s macabre past unearthed!

Amongst the gently undulating Tuscany hillside, draped with grape vines and dotted with olive groves, a dark and mysterious part of Italy’s history has been uncovered near Lucca. In a ground that may have been used as a witches burial … Continue reading

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Grapes in Tuscany – from harvest to wines, mains & sweets

With the 2011 harvest for the most part completed, a little earlier this year owing to the dry weather in Tuscany this summer, there is much excitement about the forecasted great 2011 vintage. Tuscan reds from 2011 are expected to … Continue reading

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Latest Autumn Fashion from Italy: dressing like an onion?

When the seasons start to change, the Italians have  a lovely way to express how you should dress: ‘come una cipolla’ – like an onion. The saying perfectly captures the idea of layering so that when the mornings are lovely … Continue reading

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Garibaldi – stature and statues in Italy

Visit Florence, Rome, Venice, or almost any other Italian city, town or charming village in Italy, and you are bound to find a street, piazza, important building or monument named ‘Garibaldi’ (pronounced something like, ‘Garry-ba-l-dee’). Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) has become a … Continue reading

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Much ado about mushrooms: Funghi Porcini in Tuscany

Sunday afternoon in Tuscany, you are likely to find locals out in the fields and forests, walking slowly along and focused intently on the ground.   If it weren’t for the wicker basket in hand, you may think they were … Continue reading

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