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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Tuscan Wine at the ‘VINO AL VINO’ Festival in Panzano

The Tuscan countryside flashes post-card perfect before us as we curve along the winding Tuscan countryside roads on our way from Florence to the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The cypress-pierced Tuscan landscape arches up as if wanting to lift the trees even closer to the perfect blue Tuscan sky. Quaint farmhouses watch out over their metered […]

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Risotto – how nice is rice?! (Includes great Tessa Kiros risotto recipe!)

With all the amazing fresh produce available in the  local produce markets in Florence and Tuscany in general, organising a dinner for friends is a fun thing to do in Italy. In fact, our social calendar revolves around extending and accepting dinner invitations. In our house, cooking in Tuscany for our friends begins with sitting […]

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Terracotta Fair – cooked earth, fine art in Florence

One of Tuscany’s great traditions is about to be showcased in Florence – artworks made from ceramics and terracotta at the Fiera Internazionale della Ceramica 2011. Terracotta and ceramics have played an important role in the history of Italy dating back since Etruscan times, not only in regards to the great artworks produced, but also […]

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Setting sights on sites & scents of Florence: Pitti Immagine FRAGRANZE

Tuscans love to tell the story of how their very own Catherine De’ Medici left her home in Florence in 1533 for France to marry then-prince and later King Henry II, taking with her the traditional Tuscan recipe for Onion Soup, ‘Zuppa di cipolle toscana’  which soon became ‘Soupe d’oignons’ – French Onion Soup. Catherine […]

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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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