Tuscan traditions – Ceramics&Terracotta in Tuscany

The word ‘terracotta’ actually comes from the Italian ‘terra’ for ‘earth’ and ‘cotta’ for cooked. The tradition dates back to Etruscan times when the land was first moulded by expert hands into utensils, bowls and other forms. Throughout the centuries, Tuscan Villa estates would use terracotta containers to store their precious olive oil. Above the […]

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From flower buds to budding artists – inspiration blooms in Tuscany!

One glimpse at a Tuscan landscape on a distant horizon, one footstep onto a flower-filled field, and you understand immediately why Florence and indeed Tuscany generally have long been the place of great art. How can one not be inspired when surrounded by such awe-inspiring vistas?   Our Tuscan gardens having been planted with brightly […]

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Sweet on Strawberries – including delicious Tessa Kiros Tuscan dessert!

The secret to Tuscan cooking is the knowledge of how to use fresh seasonal ingredients prepared to result in tasty, healthy meals, the flavour of each ingredient highlighted by the addition of a few select ingredients.   In winter in Italy, there are a lot more recipes that require slow-cooking over a low flame or […]

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Oh that old thing? Taking things for granted in Florence’s historic city centre

Florence is often called a ‘living museum’ for all the fascinating, historical, stunning elements that lie within. Whether you’re lucky enough to call Florence home, or just equally fortunate to be visiting Florence, it is easy to take for granted the incredible history behind the most basic of things. It’s difficult enough just trying not […]

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