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Driving in Tuscany tips

Driving in Tuscany tips

While Italy’s main cities can be visited with ease thanks to the network of fast trains connecting Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome and Naples, the small towns and countryside beyond these cities may be more reachable by car. This is the case for Tuscany, especially the area around Siena, which is not very well served by …Read More
June 2, 2015
Wine Guide
Top Five Wine Roads in Tuscany

Top Five Wine Roads in Tuscany

Taking a trip through the Tuscan countryside, driving amongst picturesque hills, cypress trees, poppy field and sunflowers, is often on travelers’ lists of “must do’s.” But which lovely winding road to take? If you’re a wine lover, there are actually specific, designated wine roads in Tuscany that can be followed and make planning an itinerary …Read More
May 29, 2015

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Wine Guide
Expo 2015 VINO – a Taste of Italy

Expo 2015 VINO – a Taste of Italy

Expo 2015 in Milan on the theme of “feeding the planet” has begun in full force and all eyes are on the VINO – a Taste of Italy area inside the Italy Pavilion. The innovative pavilion is designed to enchant visitors and promote the varietal and cultural biodiversity behind a unique heritage boasting more than …Read More
May 27, 2015
Food in Tuscany
Recipe of the month: Ricotta soufflé with fresh spring salad

Recipe of the month: Ricotta soufflé with fresh spring salad

For our recipe of the month this May, Dievole’s Chef Monika Filipinska has invented a wonderfully light, summery ricotta soufflé topped with crunchy spring vegetables. An optional “caviar” prepared with our Rosato di Sangiovese, adds an unexpected gourmet touch. With a little patience and preparation, it is surprisingly easy to make, especially if you follow …Read More
May 22, 2015
Italy Travel
2015 Summer Events in Tuscany

2015 Summer Events in Tuscany

Summer is coming and Tuscany during the bella stagione shows its best side. In the summertime, our region offers a wide range of beaches to enjoy the sun, towns where you can dine al fresco on locally grown produce and admire architectural masterpieces… But summer is also when every town or area is active in …Read More
May 20, 2015
Food in Tuscany
Pici pasta and the best ways to eat it

Pici pasta and the best ways to eat it

Despite what people might think, some of the best things about Tuscany are simple pleasures. From food to art to wine, Italy is often thought to be synonymous with decadence, supreme beauty and complicated feasts that take all day to prepare. However in the region of Tuscany, cucina povera or the peasant kitchen is the …Read More
May 15, 2015
Italy Travel
Certosa of Pontignano: Hidden Tuscany

Certosa of Pontignano: Hidden Tuscany

While Tuscany’s famous artistic treasures have filled plenty a book, its “hidden gems” continue to be sought out by intrepid travelers in search of a sensation of discovery. You are likely to be one of a very few visiting the rather off-the-beaten track location of Certosa di San Pietro in Pontignano, located near Dievole in …Read More
May 12, 2015
Food in Tuscany
Foraging for food in Tuscany: what people are eating from the wild

Foraging for food in Tuscany: what people are eating from the wild

One of my favorite past times in the countryside around Chianti is foraging. Not because I need to “hunt and gather” my food, mind you, but because there is a thrill to discovering and picking wild (and free!) food. The best locations for foraging are well-kept secrets, but if you see a car parked somewhere …Read More
May 2, 2015
Italy Travel
The story of Saint Catherine of Siena

The story of Saint Catherine of Siena

Visiting Italy, it is easy to be overwhelmed with religious imagery and after some time, the saints and images of the Virgin Mary can tend to blur together. Sometimes, even more confusing, it is hard to know who a particular saint is, or why they are so important. In Italy, cities, towns, churches and monasteries …Read More
April 29, 2015
Italy Travel
UNESCO sites in Tuscany

UNESCO sites in Tuscany

Did you know that Tuscany is home to seven UNESCO world heritage sites? Of the 981 heritage sites in the world, Italy has the largest number (49) and Tuscany is the region with the most of them (as of 2014). From entire city centers to gardens and villas, Tuscany is an art and history lover’s …Read More
April 27, 2015
Italy Travel
Thermal Baths in Tuscany: A Relaxing Tradition

Thermal Baths in Tuscany: A Relaxing Tradition

Tuscany offers a range of thermal baths, from luxurious spas to local free experiences. Using these baths is a long-standing tradition and is still considered a treat by Tuscans today. Thermal baths in Tuscany have been enjoyed for thousands of years, by settlers from Etruscan and Roman times, and by notable figures ranging from popes …Read More
April 21, 2015