Calcio Storico: Florence’s toughest footballers… in those trousers?!

  Florence is getting ready for the latest series of Calcio Storico (also known as Calcio Fiorentino), a unique sport which originated in Tuscany in the 1500s. ‘Calcio’ translates to both ‘kick’ and also to ‘football/soccer’ in Italian, thus ‘Calcio Storico’ can be translated as ‘Historical Football/Soccer’. However, this unique Italian sport is more like […]

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Calcio Storico – the most unusual Italian football match!

Here are some great shots from a match of Calcio Storico, a historic game that takes place each year in Piazza Santa Croce. It is in great contrast to the usual things people immagine when thinking of Florence – rather than cobbled laneways, the world’s best museums, the Ponte Vecchio and other stunning must-see sights […]

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The Tough Task of Training Truffle-hunting Dogs in Tuscany

  Being a truffle hunter more than a hobby, it is a lifestyle, a religion. It takes patience, and practice, dedication and determination. One of our great friends is the wife of one such a truffle hunter, and she often complains that her truffle-hunting husband adores his prize truffle-hunting dogs much more than he adores […]

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When it’s OK to be picky – finding the best coffee in Florence

It’s no secret that Italians take their food and beverages seriously. Pasta must be cooked perfectly ‘al dente’, it’s shape perfectly paired with the sauce that coats it, wine which must be expertly blended and only produced from traditional grapes from the region where they grow best, recipes are just as they have been passed […]

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Italian wines – classifications, categories and consumption

Italians have been making wine for eons. Over time, they realized which grapes produced the best results, and in which regions. They learnt that vineyards on downward-sloping hillsides made for the best conditions to grow grapes. They tried and tested (and tasted!) the best means of preserving and serving the wines and built their villas […]

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Beautiful baccelli beans – Tuscan food in Spring (including Tessa Kiros recipe!)

It’s Spring in Tuscany. The flame red poppies flare up out of the green landscape, their papery heads whipping in the wind, a frantic dance that draws your attention away from the patient golden and white wildflowers, from the regal purple spears that bloom amidst Tuscany’s greenery. The delicate white jasmine flowers are slowly, shyly, […]

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Spring to Artviva Artists, Authors&Aristocrats events

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, white butterflies flutter above the flower-filled fields, spring vegetables burst extravagantly from the earth, the first of the jasmine flowers are blooming, a hint of their fragrance in the air. And tonight, the first of the Authors, Artists and Aristocrats evening events is taking place in Florence, […]

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The simple things in life are always the best in Tuscany

The mornings are still a little fresh in Tuscany, but the Tuscan sun soon warms up the signature rolling hills of Tuscany. Mornings in Tuscany are wonderfully passed by taking a ‘passegiata’, a walk up, over and around the hillside, passing vineyards raking the hillside and olive trees pegged out in neat lines in their […]

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