The best bookshops in Italy – come in, cool off, warm up, read on….

When travelling in Italy, a great thing to buy is a nice book. In the day of electronic devices allowing you to read, take photos, check your email and what not, there is still nothing like a good ol’ fashioned page-turner…with actual pages. And you never have to worry about the batteries running out. Reading […]

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Weddings in Italy: traditions and superstitions

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Getting married in Italy is enriched by great traditions (and some superstitions), many of which are still kept alive to this day. In the past, marriages would often be arranged by the families of the potential couple or even through the use of an official matchmaker, with engagements being based more on agreements than romance. Today […]

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The Art of Shopping in Florence – Artisan Crafts

Florence has a rich history in artisan crafts. Besides offering great things to buy in Florence, stepping into the stores where artisans still ply their ancient trades is like stepping back in time – way back in time. Considering that the first craft guilds were established in the 12th century, these traditions would have been […]

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY from Italy

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International Women’s Day started as a protest against women’s inequality. And whilst it is certainly not yet time to stop fighting the good fight, we can still take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements that have been made so far. 8th March is also a day to celebrate and appreciate the wonderful women we have […]

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What remains – dark discoveries in Florence, Italy

Many may have skeletons in the closet, but it has recently been discovered that one of Florence’s must-see museums has been hiding much more than a metaphorical dark secret. An ancient mass grave holding around 60 skeletons has been found below Florence’s must-see art museum, the Uffizi Gallery. The bones were found by construction workers […]

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Frittelle: delicious Tuscan sweet recipe

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Italians love marking every celebration and festival with a traditional food item. Around the time of Carnevale and the feast day of St Joseph (which in Italy is also Father’s Day), you’re likely to start seeing some delicious sweets known as Frittelle. Frittelle are rice cooked in milk then mixed into a sweet dough, formed […]

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Christmas in Italy: tastes and traditions

Food in Italy at any time of the year is pretty amazing. At Christmas time however, there are many great traditional Christmas recipes that are prepared and shared around large dinner tables with all the family. These recipes are not only based on the seasonal and regional produce, but also on superstitions and traditions. For instance, […]

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