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Handmade Gifts: edibles from the heart for Christmas

Handmade Gifts: edibles from the heart for Christmas

Think ahead this year to avoid the stress of choosing Christmas gifts: try handmade edible gifts like these traditional sweets from Tuscany. Siennese Christmas sweets as handmade gifts Christmas cookies are always a big hit, and I propose traditional Sienese ones to give this season as handmade gifts. Cavallucci are not elegant or … Read More

Italy Travel
Christmas Markets in Tuscany

Christmas Markets in Tuscany

Christmas is in the air in Tuscany. It’s that time of year when the cooler weather makes you want to cuddle up by the fire with a nice glass of Chianti Classico wine and listen to Michael Bublé’s classics… Or, head out and get into the mood with holiday markets, photos of your child making …Read More
December 1, 2019
Food in Tuscany
An olive oil cake from Tuscany

An olive oil cake from Tuscany

Extra virgin olive oil is a precious ingredient in desserts, making it possible to eliminate milk products as we’ll see in this vinsanto-flavoured cake! Picture, in your mind’s eye, a delicious and fragrant cake made with extra virgin olive oil… citrus scented and perfect for the upcoming winter, delicious for breakfast or as a snack, …Read More
November 20, 2019

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Food in Tuscany
Truffle Hunting in Tuscany: finding, cooking & pairing

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany: finding, cooking & pairing

Truffle hunting is a superb Fall activity, and something that is quite unique to Italy’s Piedmont, Umbria and Tuscany regions. It’s possible to go truffle hunting in Tuscany with Italy’s largest truffle trader, Savini Tartufi. In their half-day experience, you’ll find the famous earthen tuber and enjoy it prepared by their chef. But whether you …Read More
November 6, 2019
Italy Travel
Train Travel in Italy: a Short Guide

Train Travel in Italy: a Short Guide

When traveling throughout the major cities of Italy, the train system is the best method of transportation for doing so. The efficiency and quickness of train travel in Italy between main cities is unmatched; they are the wisest choice for traveling long distances in the country. Trains are also great for day trips between local …Read More
October 23, 2019
Wine Guide
Wine Advent Calendar: How to Make your own with Great Tuscan Wine

Wine Advent Calendar: How to Make your own with Great Tuscan Wine

The weather is getting cooler and the year is winding down to a close, which means it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. It’s a time for family and friends — and of course, great food and drink. But why wait until December 25 to indulge? Counting down the days til Christmas, instead …Read More
October 18, 2019
Italy Travel
Tipping in Italy: When and How Much 

Tipping in Italy: When and How Much 

“To tip or not to tip” that is the question and often enough, people visiting any country for the first time will not be aware of the local culture in terms of how people tip and more importantly, if they do at all. For travelers visiting Italy for the first time, the question of tipping …Read More
October 16, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Chestnut Recipes and Traditions in Tuscan Cuisine

Chestnut Recipes and Traditions in Tuscan Cuisine

Chestnuts have always been one of the most precious resources of Tuscan mountain cuisine. Let’s look at some chestnut recipes and the uses and traditions around this nut. Chestnut flour is one of the main ingredients of Tuscan mountain cuisine, from the Garfagnana to the hills above Pistoia, from the Amiata mountains to the Mugello. …Read More
October 9, 2019
Italy Travel
Umbria wine travel guide: a Sagrantino itinerary

Umbria wine travel guide: a Sagrantino itinerary

Visiting Umbria is like entering a dimension where spirituality, art, landscape, food and wine permeates every moment. In the calm of the medieval streets or thick forests, every moment will be unforgettable and wherever you may go, you will find flavour and pleasure at table. So here’s an essential guide to wine tourism in Umbria, …Read More
September 25, 2019
Italy Travel
Five Ancient Roman Roads That Still Exist Today

Five Ancient Roman Roads That Still Exist Today

All roads lead to Rome? The deep history of Italy is apparent on a daily basis: many of its ancient Roman roads are still in use today! Here are five of them. Surely you’ve heard the old adage “all roads lead to Rome;” it exists precisely because ancient Romans excelled at creating an impressive infrastructure, …Read More
September 12, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Schiacciata con l’uva: a sweet Tuscan bread for harvest season

Schiacciata con l’uva: a sweet Tuscan bread for harvest season

September is harvest time, which makes it also the season of Schiacciata con l’uva, a delicious sweet Tuscan snack of the olden days. From the end of August through the beginning of October, you’ll see a fantastic seasonal treat appear in Tuscan bars and bakeries. It’s called schiacciata, but let’s not confuse this with the …Read More
September 5, 2019
Italy Travel
Cinque Terre: what you need to know before visiting

Cinque Terre: what you need to know before visiting

The Cinque Terre, a picturesque series of villages on the sea in Liguria, is now one of Italy’s top destinations, to the point of overcrowding. Use our guide to plan your trip: learn what five towns make up this area, a bit about each one, what to eat and what wine to drink, and most …Read More
August 29, 2019