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Amazing Places to go Hiking in Tuscany

Amazing Places to go Hiking in Tuscany

Tuscany is a mecca for those who enjoy sporty activities and especially hiking. The diverse terrain is the perfect protagonist for either a long day hiking in Monte Giovi or delving into the paths at the mysterious Elba Island, an incredible island that is part of the Tuscan Archipelago. Plus it’s a great way to …Read More
September 29, 2014
Italy Travel
An introduction to Sienese Renaissance art

An introduction to Sienese Renaissance art

Dievole is located just a few kilometers away from the Tuscan city of Siena, known for its palio (historic horse race), panforte (a kind of spice cake), and contrade (the seventeen areas into which the city is divided over its hilly landscape). If you’ve ever been, and perhaps peeked into some of the city’s museums, …Read More
September 26, 2014

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Italy Travel
Chianti sculpture park – an art experience

Chianti sculpture park – an art experience

Here in Chianti, we and many of our neighbours plant vines whose grapes yield the famous Chianti wines. But one of our neighbours plants… art! The Chianti Sculpture Park, just a few kilometers away from Dievole, opened in 2004 and consists of a one-kilometer long path in the woods upon which you discover 27 installations …Read More
September 24, 2014
Italy Travel
Volterra throughout the ages – 4 good reasons to visit

Volterra throughout the ages – 4 good reasons to visit

Volterra, a Tuscan town just a stone’s throw from Dievole’s location in the Chianti area, has a rich history. It was a desirable location when the Etruscans settled there; the Romans also inhabited it; it had a rich Middle Ages and Renaissance too. Each period has left behind at least one good reason to visit. …Read More
September 19, 2014
Food in Tuscany
How to: set up a Tuscan pantry

How to: set up a Tuscan pantry

Each region in Italy has it’s own special pantry of ingredients which are necessary to recreate the dishes. Tuscany’s cuisine is a simple pantry; a few basic ingredients are all you need to start. Here is everything you need to set up a Tuscan pantry in your home. 1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil There has …Read More
September 17, 2014
Italy Travel
Pienza, an ideal Renaissance city

Pienza, an ideal Renaissance city

It helps when a pope was born in your town. Pope Pius II Piccolomini was native to a small town in the Val D’Orcia area of Tuscany called Corsignano. During his pontefice, in 1459, he visited home after a period of absence and found it unacceptable. Populated by only old people and with no urban …Read More
September 15, 2014
Italy Travel
Siena for lovers: a romantic guide to the city

Siena for lovers: a romantic guide to the city

Siena is one of those picture-postcard Tuscan towns that literally takes your breath away. The first moment when you first lay eyes upon its magnificent Piazza del Campo, scene of the famous palio horse races, which take place here twice a year on July 2nd and August 16th, can’t be beat. The history of this …Read More
September 12, 2014
Wine Guide
Tuscany’s Top 10 Wine Trivia

Tuscany’s Top 10 Wine Trivia

In many ways, Sangiovese is to Chianti as Cabernet Sauvignon is to Bordeaux. Both form the base of wines that blend beautifully with other varietals, yet alone, they share a distinctive elegance and complexity. To impress your fellow oenophiles at the next dinner party, read and make note of this wine trivia! 1. Tuscany’s original …Read More
September 10, 2014
Italy Travel
Tips for a pet-friendly Tuscany

Tips for a pet-friendly Tuscany

Pets are often more than just man’s best friend, they are often considered one of the family. While traveling in Italy with your pet can seem like a challenge, you would be surprised to know just how pet-friendly Tuscany is. From beaches allowing your dog to run free, to exploring parks and nearby nature to …Read More
September 8, 2014
Italy Travel
3 historical towers with amazing views of Tuscany

3 historical towers with amazing views of Tuscany

One thing medieval cities did well was towers. Although most people lived in wooden housing that was prone to destruction, nobles and rulers built important structures in stone. The medieval version of “keeping up with the Joneses” was to build the tallest tower, producing very vertical cities like San Gimignano, the only Tuscan town to …Read More
September 5, 2014
Italy Travel
3 Historical Markets in Florence

3 Historical Markets in Florence

Florence, Italy: a city best known for its vast artistic heritage, traditional cuisine and absolutely beautiful streets. While many come here to marvel at Michelangelo’s David or gaze at the breathtaking Primavera in the Uffizi, it would be impossible to visit the city without making at least a few shopping trips. You could be looking …Read More
September 3, 2014