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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

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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
Food in Tuscany
Recipe: Summer Pomarola (Italian tomato sauce)

Recipe: Summer Pomarola (Italian tomato sauce)

There are several traditional tools for the kitchen I would not be without. One is the mezzaluna, which I use to chop my herbs for the Tuscan herb blend I make often. The other is a passatutto, or food mill. The main reason I bought my food mill was to make pomorola, the Italian tomato …Read More
July 26, 2014
Italy Travel
Summer 2014 Events in Tuscany

Summer 2014 Events in Tuscany

Summer in Tuscany is incredible for a number of reasons. We imagine that perfect aperitivo during a whimsical sunset in a medieval piazza, lazy days at the pool or that perfect glass of chilled white wine on a Tuscan terrace with a view of the countryside. Undoubtedly this is a wonderful season to enjoy Toscana …Read More
July 3, 2014