Italian Epiphany: eat, drink…and sweep?

If you’re looking for a great excuse to break any new year diet resolutions, head to Italy! 6th January is the Epiphany day, marking the date Jesus was shown to be the son of God. On this day, Italian families gather for a big lunch (and consider that in Italy 2-3 courses are standard fare!), […]

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Women and Wine – Donatella Cinelli Colombini in Tuscany

In 1998, Donatella Cinelli Colombini took over the running of the family Tuscan wine estates, comprising Casato in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. She sought out a professional cellar master at the local oenologist school in Siena. She was surprised to find that whilst all the male oenologists had either been sponsored by […]

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La Befana: 1 Wise Woman

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At a time when most of us are already some days into our new year’s resolution of eating lighter and drinking less, Italians are gearing up for yet another feast! 6th January marks the Epiphany on (most) Christian calendars, the date when the little baby Jesus was said to have been revealed as being the […]

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Traditional Italian Christmas Sweets: Panettone, Panforte & Pandoro

Panettone

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 strong/hard bread and ‘Panetone’ to big bread. These Christmas treats were originally much more simple […]

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

Away from the manger.

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 in front of the stunning Cathedral in Florence is even more breathtaking than ever.

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December Slow Food Events in Italy

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The silly season is a great for any serious foodie. This is particularly so in Tuscany, where the foods are wholesome, hearty and delicious. And with most foods still prepared in traditional ways, they are even good for you! For the dedicated foodie, there are a great range of Slow Food events taking place in […]

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Vegetarian Food in Florence: from meat to mmmm-eat!

Simple flavours combine for the best tastes.

Working your gastronomical way through the list of must-try food in Florence, you’re gonna eat a lot of (albeit it absolutely delicious) meatstuff, none more famous than the Bistecca alla Fiorentina (that’s beefsteak Florentine style). But there is also much flare to vegetarian fare in Florence.

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Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! Why an Italian meal without pasta is almost not a meal!

Pasta is the staple not just of the Italian diet, but the culture itself. Conversations revolve around it, familial relationships are formed around its production and consumption, special occasions are celebrated with it, arguments can start over it, and whole festivals are held in its honour! And pasta also plays a major factor in the […]

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Why it’s not impossible to resist – the Slow Food Dairy Resistance

We at Artviva have little to no resistance when it comes to tasting delicious Italian cheese varieties, the best gelato in the world, the delicious hand-made chocolates found in little boutiques along cobbled laneways, or to delicious creamy and cheesy meals – and certainly not when it comes to dairy-laden Tuscan desserts.   But the […]

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