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Christmas in Venice: The Presepio

In the stunning Chiesa Santa Maria Maddalena in Venice, is the 21st exhibition of Presepio made by local Diorama and Presepio-makers. Situated in the Cannaregio area in Venice, the Santa Maria Maddalena church (known locally as the Chiesa della Maddalena) … Continue reading

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The Spectaculars of Spectacular Venice in December

December in Venice, Italy presents a great range of unique things to do to pass the festive season in this majestic city. To start off with a bang, there is a fabulous New Years Eve event in Venice being held … Continue reading

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Venice: Make mine a Spritz (or make it yourself with this Spritz recipe!)

There are many great things to see and do in Venice – from gliding along the canals in a gondola, to visiting the island of Murano to see a master glassblower at work. But once the Bridge of Sighs has … Continue reading

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New Wine & Roasted Chestnuts – Tuscany’s best fruits & nuts combined

By an open fire, we sat around a large wooden table which had been handmade by our friend’s great-grandfather some centuries past. As we chatted away, we worked at scoring an X into the flat side of a great mound … Continue reading

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Summery, fruity Venetian cocktails – including great Tessa Kiros cocktail recipes

There are some things that any trip to Venice must include ? a ride in a gondola, a visit to St Mark’s square, a ride along the Grand Canal, and getting hopelessly, wonderfully lost in the maze of narrow streets. … Continue reading

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Sweet on Strawberries – including delicious Tessa Kiros Tuscan dessert!

The secret to Tuscan cooking is the knowledge of how to use fresh seasonal ingredients prepared to result in tasty, healthy meals, the flavour of each ingredient highlighted by the addition of a few select ingredients.   In winter in … Continue reading

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When S stands for Bussola – a delicious Venetian cookie recipe by Tessa Kiros

One Sunday afternoon, some of us Artviva Walking Tours office staff gathered for some cooking in Tuscany. We made delicious Venician biscuits (cookies) using a recipe from Artviva’s good friend Tessa Kiros. Tessa Kiros writes in her fabulous cookbook, ‘Venezia: … Continue reading

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Italian Christmas Traditions: ‘La festa della concezione immacolata’, Christmas trees and a typical Tuscan recipe!

La festa della concezione immacolata di Maria (the Feast Immaculate Conception of Mary) is a Catholic festival day in celebration of the conception of Mary, sans mortal sin.   In Italy, the day is a public holiday. Since this year, … Continue reading

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Mushroom recipe worth dying for!

Entering into the local coffee shop for an after-dinner coffee, we saw our friend, elbow on the bar and tiny coffee cup in hand. ‘Come va? How are you?’, we enquired. ‘Bene. I’m well ? for now’, he enigmatically replied. … Continue reading

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