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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‘Twas two nights before Christmas in Florence, Italy

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Winter in Florence, Italy and it’s Christmastime. The city streets buzz with locals out shopping for those last-minute gifts, taking an evening stroll to admire the Christmas lights or heading out to meet and greet friends for a Christmas drink. We headed out to tour around the city streets of Florence, admiring the Christmas lights […]

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Flag Throwing in Florence: a medieval spectacular

Italians love a good celebration, even (or especially) if that means commemorating a victory dating back to Medieval times! Special occasions in Florence and Tuscany generally are often marked with street parades featuring flag throwers. The art of flag throwing dates back to Medieval and Renaissance times when military parades would be accompanied by their […]

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Cerca Trova: Palazzo Vecchio, Battle of Marciano & Vasari’s hidden message

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If you’re a fan of Dan Brown, then one must-visit location to visit in Florence is the Palazzo Vecchio situated in Piazza della Signoria. The simple structure of the exterior defies the amazing interior. Stepping into the internal courtyard you are amazed by the ornate frescoes and statues housed within. Climbing up the wide, noble […]

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INFERNO: from Dante to Dan Brown

Dante’s Inferno has become the basis for the latest Dan Brown novel of the same name. Dan Brown’s Inferno takes its name from the first of the three canticas that make up Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the poem, Dante recounts in first person his experiences of travelling through hell (Inferno), purgatory (Purgatorio) and heaven (Paradiso). […]

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UCI Road World Championships in Florence, Italy

We love a good bike ride in Tuscany, but the upcoming UCI Road World Championships takes pedal power to a whole new level! Many roads in the Florence city centre will be blocked off from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th September, as Florence will be buzzing and burring with the Mondiali di Ciclismo – the UCI […]

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Florence Festival: San Giovanni Battista, Patron Saint of Florence

Florence’s patron saint is no less than St John the Baptist – San Giovanni Battista – and with June 24 being the feast day of St John the Baptist, Florence is set to go all out with celebrations. This year marks the 2nd Festa della Cultura San Giovanni_Battista, a cultural festival organised by i Buontalenti group, […]

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Calcio Storico: Florence’s toughest footballers… in those trousers?!

  Florence is getting ready for the latest series of Calcio Storico (also known as Calcio Fiorentino), a unique sport which originated in Tuscany in the 1500s. ‘Calcio’ translates to both ‘kick’ and also to ‘football/soccer’ in Italian, thus ‘Calcio Storico’ can be translated as ‘Historical Football/Soccer’. However, this unique Italian sport is more like […]

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