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Toccastelle: reaching for the stars with a historic vineyard and olive grove

Toccastelle: reaching for the stars with a historic vineyard and olive grove

In our stars and in our roots. The connection between the roots of the vines and the stars that guide their growth and everything around us - recognized first by the Etruscans - is the noble concept behind Tocca Stelle, a new line from Dievole that represents our striving for … Read More

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Artisan Food: 6 delicious producers you should visit in Tuscany

Artisan Food: 6 delicious producers you should visit in Tuscany

What is artisan food and where can you get it in Tuscany? As someone who has lived in Italy for quite some time, I’m a natural skeptic: the adjective “artisanal” is (wrongly) applied to everything from commercial gelato to leather bags that were most definitely not made in Italy. Especially when it comes to food, …Read More
November 14, 2018
Food in Tuscany
Offal in Tuscany: Not as awful as you think

Offal in Tuscany: Not as awful as you think

Do you think offal is awful? Tuscany has a long tradition of using these sometimes discarded animal parts in dishes you actually might find delicious! The offal has its origin in the San Lorenzo market, in the heart of Florence’s city center. There are butchers, greengrocers, bakers, fish sellers and tripe retailers. Here you can …Read More
November 9, 2018

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Food in Tuscany
Types of Olive Oil: this Quiz Finds the Best one for you

Types of Olive Oil: this Quiz Finds the Best one for you

Did you know there are lots of different types of olive oil? Indeed, extra virgin olive oil comes in a range of cultivars and blends – think of cultivars as generating types of olive oil like different grapes make different kinds of wine. Each has its own flavors and is best with certain kinds of …Read More
November 7, 2018
Wine Guide
Brunello di Montalcino: Discovering a Wine Zone

Brunello di Montalcino: Discovering a Wine Zone

If I had to describe Montalcino in three words, I would choose uniqueness, history and tradition. The Brunello di Montalcino wine zone is one of Tuscany’s most famous terroirs, and it makes top quality wines. Here’s everything you need to know about it. The history of Brunello   The picturesque village of Montalcino and its green …Read More
October 26, 2018
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Life in Italy: Common Misconceptions

Life in Italy: Common Misconceptions

Sunshine and pizza every day: dolce vita dreamers often have a certain perception of what they think life in Italy will be like, but that can differ wildly from the actual truth. As an 11-year local in Tuscany, here are six common misconceptions people tend to have about life in Italy. Italians eat pizza or …Read More
October 23, 2018
Wine Guide
How to Photograph Wine for instagram Success

How to Photograph Wine for instagram Success

If you love wine and sharing it with friends, these tips on how to photograph wine will take that sharing to the next level with great pics on Instagram.Read More
October 19, 2018
Food in Tuscany
Ribollita, the Classic Tuscan Winter Dish

Ribollita, the Classic Tuscan Winter Dish

With the first cold days, Tuscan restaurants start serving ribollita, the classic bread soup with beans and kale, substituting the summer favourite, pappa al pomodoro. This is our recipe for this warm comfort food, sign of the Tuscan winter. Ribollita: understanding the name Ri-bollita in Italian means re-boiled, re-cooked. This very name is the secret …Read More
October 9, 2018
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Eroica: the vintage bike race in Tuscan wine country

Eroica: the vintage bike race in Tuscan wine country

What must have it been like to pedal down the dirt roads of the past century, with no apple watch to track your progress, no spandex padded outfits, just the purity of the Tuscan air, the wind in your helmetless-hair as you whiz past rows of cypress trees… This is a feeling that the Eroica …Read More
October 1, 2018
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Florence Museum News: New Additions for Italy Lovers!

Florence Museum News: New Additions for Italy Lovers!

If you love art and Italy, chances are you’ve made more than one trip to Florence. Maybe you’ve seen the most important museums and so think you’ve seen it all? But the museum and exhibition scene in Florence is constantly changing: we’ve collected Florence Museum news, openings & renovations you’ll want to check out. Florence …Read More
September 20, 2018
Food in Tuscany
Leftover Wine: Tuscan tips on what to do with it

Leftover Wine: Tuscan tips on what to do with it

Leftover wine. It happens. Maybe after a party when your friends leave and you start tidying up the kitchen. Well, that glass or half bottle of wine can be the first ingredient for a new recipe and a (very) good excuse to invite your friends at dinner once again. Here are five clever ideas to …Read More
September 19, 2018
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The most beautiful Medici villas in Tuscany

The most beautiful Medici villas in Tuscany

The Medici villas, recently listed by UNESCO, are amongst the most precious gems of Tuscany. Find out more about their history and which ones you can visit here. In the 15th century Renaissance was flourishing in Tuscany. Many artists worked in the area creating magnificent masterpieces for the future, and there was one thing in …Read More
September 13, 2018