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

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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 been sighted, you’ve visited the stunning San Marco Square and its dazzling Basilica, and toured the […]

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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 of chestnuts, just collected from our friend’s chestnut grove.   We then laid the nuts […]

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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 Italy, there are a lot more recipes that require slow-cooking over a low flame or […]

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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: food & dreams’, that these delicious and simple-to-make cookies will stay fresh for ages because […]

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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, the day falls on a Wednesday, many Italians are taking a few extra days off […]

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