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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

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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
Wine Guide
Wine Tasting along the Chianti Wine Trail

Wine Tasting along the Chianti Wine Trail

Chianti Classico is an area steeped in rich history, dating back to the Etruscan times. Over the years, the Romans laid claim, followed by the ferocious medieval battles between Siena and Florence. Today, Chianti Classico is tranquil and undisturbed, yet vibrant, and is home to artisans and winemakers alike. In a region where vineyards are …Read More
September 1, 2014
Wine Guide
Chianti Classico and the Black Rooster

Chianti Classico and the Black Rooster

Everyone knows Tuscany for its beautiful rolling, green hills forever changing depending on the season, picturesque Tuscan villas – delicious traditional food and of course, that perfect glass of red wine cultivated in this region for centuries. It would seem almost impossible to stop in charming Tuscany, Italy without stopping in a tiny village or …Read More
August 29, 2014
Italy Travel
Tuscany off the beaten path: 3 towns other people have missed

Tuscany off the beaten path: 3 towns other people have missed

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” ― G.K.Chesterton Tuscany has long been a destination for those looking to escape daily life and throw themselves into Italian culture, renting a beautiful Tuscan villa, enjoying great food and fabulous Italian wines. Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano being …Read More
August 27, 2014
Wine Guide
Sangiovese, King of the Tuscan Vineyard

Sangiovese, King of the Tuscan Vineyard

Tuscany. The mere name, for the initiated, conjures up images of the very finest that la bell’Italia ~ “beautiful Italy” ~ holds in store. From its resort-studded seacoast to dazzling white marble mountaintops, from treasures of art and architecture to pastoral farmland, Tuscany truly offers something for everyone. You’ll discover timeless medieval villages amid the …Read More
August 25, 2014
Italy Travel
Baratti Beach in Tuscany: Sun, surf and much more!

Baratti Beach in Tuscany: Sun, surf and much more!

Forget city life and country dreaming, during summer in Tuscany there is only one thing you really must do if you get the chance – escape to the beach for a refreshing dip in the sea and a fabulous seafood lunch. While there are many great choices along the Tuscan coast, one of our favorite …Read More
August 13, 2014
Food in Tuscany
Favourite Tuscan summer recipes

Favourite Tuscan summer recipes

Italy is a foodie paradise during any time of the year, from the rich ragus creates with wild boar and preserved vegetables in the winter to a light summer dish of sautéed vegetables and a glass of refreshing white or rose wine.  Summer means so many things to those who live and breathe Tuscany: staying …Read More
August 11, 2014