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ITALY’S SWEET WINE: VIN SANTO

At the end of a delicious Italian meal, when there is not much room for dessert, or better yet (since – let’s be honest – there’s ALWAYS room for dessert) as an after-dessert treat, there’s nothing nicer than sitting around … Continue reading

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Florence, Italy: foodie heaven

Dining on traditional local dishes is a reason to visit Italy in itself. But for foodies in Italy, it is the selecting of food items from the local vendors, just as the locals do, which truly presents one of the … Continue reading

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Ristorante, Trattoria, Osteria: 3 courses for dining in Italy

(Photo courtesy of The European Traveller) If you dine out in Italy, you’ll likely be doing so in a Ristorante, a Trattoria or an Osteria. But what exactly is the difference between a Ristorante, a Trattoria or an Osteria?

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Dining in Florence: SUD

One way to detect a good restaurant in Tuscany, and its capital of Florence, is by the size of the menu. If there are only a few simple starters, a handful of entrees and a minimum number of main meals, … Continue reading

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Wild About Asparagus in Tuscany (including recipe!)

Food in Tuscany is dictated by the seasons, constantly changing according to what the landscape presents. In Tuscany right now, for those in the know, it is possible to find wild asparagus growing in the stunning surrounds. There is nothing … Continue reading

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Chianti Castle

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  It was a lovely, sunny Tuscan morning when we climbed into our small van and headed off to tour the world-famous wine country in Tuscany – Chianti. Winding through the roads that cling to the Tuscan hillsides, we passed … Continue reading

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Great Italian Christmas Traditions: Il Presepio

In many parts of Italy, particularly in the south, you will not find a Christmas tree as the symbol of Christmas, but rather a ‘Presepio’ – a nativity scene. One of our wonderful Rome tour guides, Chris, who has a … Continue reading

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MONA LISA: ‘Tis the season to be Jolly as ‘La Gioconda’ plays tricks on us again!

Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork of Mona Lisa is possibly one of the most intriguing and debated art works in history. And the theories and ‘findings’ are almost as wonderful as the artwork itself – especially the latest one to emerge … Continue reading

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New Wine & Roasted Chestnuts – Tuscany’s best fruits & nuts combined

By an open fire, we sat around a large wooden table which had been handmade by our friend’s great-grandfather some centuries past. As we chatted away, we worked at scoring an X into the flat side of a great mound … Continue reading

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Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Florence is famous for many things – it’s art, history and natural landscapes, for being the home of some of the world’s most famous architecture and of course, for its food and wine! Whilst many food and wine products are … Continue reading

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