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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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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