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Nativity Scenes in Tuscany: an Italian Christmas Tradition

Nativity Scenes in Tuscany: an Italian Christmas Tradition

As the holiday season approaches, Italian cities get “dressed up” for the occasion with the help of beautiful light displays that soften the city streets, Christmas trees, markets, and of course the ornately decorated presepe (nativity scenes that depict the birth of Jesus, either in a manger or cave) in almost every church and town …Read More
December 6, 2018
Italy Travel
December Holidays in Italy: Where and When to Go

December Holidays in Italy: Where and When to Go

Christmas in Italy is beautiful. The decked-out streets are a feast for the eyes with decorations and sparkling lights, stores have Christmas displays in the windows, cities organize fun activities for families and children and the air is filled with a particular “magic” that is not easy to explain with words… you just have to …Read More
December 3, 2018

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Wine Guide
Wine Advent Calendar: How to Make your own with Great Tuscan Wine

Wine Advent Calendar: How to Make your own with Great Tuscan Wine

The weather is getting cooler and the year is winding down to a close, which means it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. It’s a time for family and friends — and of course, great food and drink. But why wait until December 25 to indulge? Counting down the days til Christmas, instead …Read More
November 28, 2018
Wine Guide
Songs about Wine: from Strauss to UB40

Songs about Wine: from Strauss to UB40


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November 19, 2018
Dievole News
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 excellence and also our Tuscan …Read More
November 16, 2018
Italy Travel
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
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
Italy Travel
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