Tastes of Tuscany: books, looks and cooks

One of the many charms of Tuscany is the plethora of small Tuscan village towns where local traditions, recipes and customs remain virtually unchanged throughout the centuries. These villages, set amidst a stunning Tuscan countryside, afford beautiful views that seem to let you look out over eons past, over landscape carefully tendered throughout the centuries […]

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Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising – In Giardino per il Meyer

On Sunday, 24th June, 2012 a great event is being held in Tuscany to raise money for the Meyer Children’s Hospital. At the beautiful Villa Bardini, from 7.00pm at the Villa park, there will be a ‘tasting path’ to walk along for tastings of delicious local gourmet foods and wines of excellence presented by Slow […]

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Popes & Roses: A day out in Tuscany

It was a wonderfully overcast Sunday morning, the kind that almost insists you stay in bed that little extra, take a bit more time sipping on your morning coffee and contemplating the meaning of life…or at least what you’ll be having for lunch. Clearly we weren’t the only ones focusing on such important questions (lunch, […]

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Fiesole: Etruscans, Romans, Florentines…and Native Americans?!

Fiesole – charming hilltop town, surrounded by stunning Tuscan panoramas and postcard-worthy views of nearby Florence. But tonight, this serene Tuscan village town is hosting an event which may seem somewhat out of context – an evening of Native American music performed by the Sacred Drums group! But cultural exchange is nothing new for this […]

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Vinitaly: Verona, Vines & Vino

Verona has been historically known as the home of Shakespeare’s lovebirds Romeo and Juliet. But for 46 years, a new -and much more enduring- romance has been taking place there. We’re talking Vinitaly, Italy’s most celebrated wine fair. Each year since 1967, Vinitaly has seen international wine produces exhibiting their finest. Now with around 4,000 […]

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FAIR FIESOLE: Parks, Parkour and Precious Objects

From Florence, Fiesole is but a short drive (or a longer but lovely hike!) up a winding ancient road that gives the gift of spectacular Tuscan views with each curve of the road. Normally a quiet little village overlooking the magnificent Tuscan landscape, on this particular day the central piazza of this Tuscan town was […]

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Cooking in Florence – Easy as pi…zza!

Italians aren’t so big on pie as such, but they do love their pizza! Since we organise wonderful hands-on cooking classes in Florence and Tuscany, we in the Artviva office should also know how to cook these wonderful recipes, right? So along we went one evening to the local cookery school, rolled up our sleeves, […]

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Under the Tuscan Snow

With the temperature in Tuscany forecast to be one of the coldest days of the season, we for some reason decided it was a great day to go for a long walk in the park! So it was we set out for a walk in Tuscany, dressed like big puffy marshmallows in our winter coats […]

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All About San Gimignano in Tuscany

  You’ve probably heard all about the famous Tuscan hilltop town of San Gimignano, but there are some things you don’t know. We’re here to help… During a recent trip, we stopped along the way to enjoy the views of the ‘Tuscan Manhattan’ on the horizon – so called for the charming Tuscan village town’s […]

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Espresso in Italy – when a bit bitter is better!

Throughout the day, Italians take their caffeine hits like fast jabs, thrown back in little cups whose handles are pinched between the thumb and forefinger, the rest of the fingers crested in the open air as the cup is hurtled up to the mouth, tipped up and plunked back down on the saucer. For the […]

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