Vasari Corridor shut down

Vasari’s famous corridor, as well as one of Florence’s top attractions has been closed off with immediate action as of Monday, 11th of July 2016. The news was communicated by museum officials, following a fire department inspection which took place due to security and safety concerns expressed. As it is, there hasn’t been any communication […]

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Friends in Florence

According to UNESCO, Italy is home to more than half of the world’s most important artworks, and around half of those are in Florence alone. Some of them, being centuries old, are in desperate need of restoration. For the past 16 years, the Friends of Florence organisation has been dedicated to identifying important works in […]

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Traditional Italian Ossobuco recipe – the hole truth

Ossobuco translates to something akin to ‘hole of the bone’. Asides from being further proof that almost anything sounds better if you say it in Italian, it is a great traditional Italian recipe that is easy to make and delicious to eat. In following the great Italian tradition of having friends over for dinner, this […]

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Florence city: a beauty that improves with age

  Passing through the Tuscan  countryside, with its hilltop towns surrounded poppy-peppered fields, grape vines and olive groves,  stand romantic ruins – long-abandoned farmhouses and villas, their sandstone blocks crumbling back into the earth from whence they came, wild ivy slowly swallowing these once-majestic homes. These are the images that postcards, coffee table books, and […]

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Bewitching – Italy’s macabre past unearthed!

Amongst the gently undulating Tuscany hillside, draped with grape vines and dotted with olive groves, a dark and mysterious part of Italy’s history has been uncovered near Lucca. In a ground that may have been used as a witches burial ground, archaeologists have discovered bones dating back some 800 years, believed by to be those […]

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Grapes in Tuscany – from harvest to wines, mains & sweets

With the 2011 harvest for the most part completed, a little earlier this year owing to the dry weather in Tuscany this summer, there is much excitement about the forecasted great 2011 vintage. Tuscan reds from 2011 are expected to be exceptionally good, with the low rain fall meaning there is less water content in […]

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Garibaldi – stature and statues in Italy

Visit Florence, Rome, Venice, or almost any other Italian city, town or charming village in Italy, and you are bound to find a street, piazza, important building or monument named ‘Garibaldi’ (pronounced something like, ‘Garry-ba-l-dee’). Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) has become a national hero for his efforts in leading an Italian revolution in 1848, together with Giuseppe […]

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