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Grape Stomping in Tuscany

Grape stomping is a traditional form of maceration that dates back to Roman times, at least as far back as 200 BC. Freshly-harvested grapes would be placed in a barrel before people would climb in, barefooted, and squish the juice … Continue reading

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Tuscany, Italy: Snow White

Taking a drive in the Pistoia province in Tuscany, on the way to the small town of Abetone. Less than 700 people call Abetone home, although they have a lot more company during the winter when many skiers flock to … Continue reading

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IN TUSCANY: Lucca Comics & Games

Each October, the charming Tuscan town of Lucca hosts Lucca Comics and Games, an international festival of comic book, animation cinema, illustration and gaming. 2014 marks the 48th year of this unique event in Tuscany. What began as a small event … Continue reading

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Celebrating Italy Bike Riders!

  With his recent Tour de France victory, Italian Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the world’s most famous cycling race in 16 years. It came just a few days after another important celebration for Italian cycling, the … Continue reading

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Italy recipe: how to make & use Pesto

“Pesto” normally refers to Pesto alla Genovese, made from fresh basil and pine nuts. It is commonly served coasting pasta and being a dish that can be prepared in advance and then served either warm or cool, it is a … Continue reading

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Weddings in Italy: traditions and superstitions

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 … Continue reading

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Driving in Italy

Driving in Italy is not for the faint of heart. The same creativity that is applied to the arts, architecture, fashion design and food creation is applied to the road rules, for one thing. And when it comes to parking, … Continue reading

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When life gives you Sorrentino lemons, make limoncello – the recipe!

Limoncello very pretty and the limoncello is sweet… Limoncello is a traditional Italian liqueur made by using the fat-skinned lemons typical of the south of Italy, known as Sorrento lemons, or – terms a little less likely to be heard at … Continue reading

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Project Pyramid: the rolling (& pointy) hills of Tuscany

It seems those rolling Tuscan hills aren’t always as undulating as once thought. In the small town of Rosano Fiorentino near Pontassieve, an archaeological project is underway in Tuscany after the discovery of three rather pointy hilltops. It is believed … Continue reading

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Italy by Sea – a great way to travel

A great way to travel around Italy is by overnight ferry. We recently travelled this way ourselves and as we watched the sunset, we were lucky enough to be serenaded by a group of musicians who happened to be travelling as well. … Continue reading

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