How to get even the most stubborn eaters to eat their greens? Try this delicious Tuscan Recipe from Lisa Clifford!

Nonna’s peas and one of the only ways I can get my son to eat something green: Good olive oil 4 cloves garlic Fistful of cubed pancetta dolce (or bacon) 3 cups of frozen peas Level teaspoon of sugar Salt to taste – Sizzle the chopped garlic in a good glug (yes, stole that word […]

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SEBASTIANO CAPPONI TELLS US HOW THIS YEAR’S HARVEST IS COMING ALONG…COUNT

The first tractors lugging trays of just-harvested grapes have been seen on Tuscan streets, holding up cars driven by drivers who patiently trail behind, not in the slightest bit annoyed by the delays because they are fully aware that the hold-up is all part of production of one of the region’s most loved productions ? […]

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Lisa Clifford’s The Promise to be made into a film!

‘The Promise’, a book written by our Artviva Festival presenter, and Tuscan local, Lisa Clifford, is being made into a feature-length film. We have just received the following information from the film Producer Stuart Scowcroft on the process of transforming a wonderful book into a fabulous film. Here is what he has to say: One […]

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GREVE IN CHIANTI CHIANTI CLASSICO WINE FESTIVAL starting today

Thursday 9th September to Sunday 12th September sees the 40th Greve in Chianti Chianti Classico wine festival. Cellars will be opened, wine will be offered for tasting and purchasing, and generally meeting the locals and seeing the sights. Local food products such as cheese and salami will also be available for tastings, live music will […]

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Royal Food and Wine Pairing Suggestions

Principe Corsini, one of the esteemed guests at our Artviva Festival events, has a fantastic range of wines, which according to Principe Corsini, are exalted by food pairings such as the following suggestions: Entrée: Panzanella with quail egg and White Birillo 2009 Tuscan Vermentino Casarecce with red radicchio, pecorino cheese, walnuts and Le Corti 2007 […]

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The Machiavellian Origins of the Name Machiavelli

‘Machiavellian’ according to the Oxford Dictionary means, ‘the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct’. It derives from the name, Niccolò Machiavelli, author of ‘The Prince’. But did you know the origins of the actual name ‘Machiavelli’ comes from ‘evil nails’ of Christ’s passion? This is just one of the amazing […]

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