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Garfagnana: What to see in Secret Tuscany

Garfagnana: What to see in Secret Tuscany

When it comes to exploring Tuscany, most people focus on the art cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena before continuing their grand Italian tour. However, those who really want to enjoy the quiet glory that comes with its more secret escapes, head instead to places like Garfagnana north of Pisa and Lucca. Consider it a much-less …Read More
September 6, 2018
Italy Travel
Good places to visit on holiday this Autumn in Tuscany

Good places to visit on holiday this Autumn in Tuscany

After a sweltering hot summer, you better believe that we are ready for the deliciousness that autumn brings to Tuscany. The days might be shorter, but that only makes us appreciate each soft, perfect sunny day even more. Autumn means a changing of the seasons, most aptly noted in a pleasing-to-the-eyes landscape of yellow, orange, …Read More
September 6, 2018

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Wine Guide
How to Choose Wine: the right method for you

How to Choose Wine: the right method for you

Are you passionate about wine but are not a professional sommelier? Do you love to buy bottles but feel lost in front of the shelves? The simplest solution would be to give you my mobile number so I can become your consultant, but since that’s not really an option, let me walk you through the …Read More
August 30, 2018
Italy Travel
Visit Florence in 36 hours: tips from a super blogger

Visit Florence in 36 hours: tips from a super blogger

Exploring a city as small as Florence in 36 hours might seem like a total no-brainer but despite its small stature, there are plenty of treasures to discover in the capital of the Renaissance. Once you’re done spending a few nights in the Tuscan wine country, tasting wine and visiting charming hill-top villages, take at …Read More
August 28, 2018
Italy Travel
13 Helpful Italian Travel Phrases for Tuscan Travelers

13 Helpful Italian Travel Phrases for Tuscan Travelers

Traveling means going outside your comfort zone. It means facing logistical and communication difficulties, but it also means great rewards when you connect with the people and history of another culture. Personally, I feel most comfortable traveling where I know the language or at least a little bit of it. Here in Italy, of course, …Read More
August 23, 2018
Italy Travel
14 Siena Photos that will make you wish you were here

14 Siena Photos that will make you wish you were here

Siena is a beautiful medieval city – and very close to Dievole! If you’re someone who gets inspired to travel through visual prompts, these Siena photos will have you booking a plane ticket for sure! Plan your trip to Tuscany’s second largest city; visit Siena for the Medieval architecture and charm that shine clearly through …Read More
August 13, 2018
Italy Travel
Tuscany with Kids: tips for smooth traveling with children

Tuscany with Kids: tips for smooth traveling with children

Beaches, pizza and gelato – holidaying in Tuscany with kids is straightforward enough. True, the steep hilltop towns pose a challenge to pushing a pram, but the car-free medieval town squares make for scenic alternatives to the usual playgrounds. And while streets and alleys may be bumpy, they all eventually lead to a village café …Read More
August 9, 2018
Italy Travel
Italian Beaches: up and down the Italian coast

Italian Beaches: up and down the Italian coast

Italy is bordered on both sides by the sea – the Mediterranean in the West and the Adriatic in the East – so Italian beaches are an important part of this country’s geography, as well as of the way we experience it! In summer, Italians migrate to the coast and cities empty out, making for …Read More
July 31, 2018
Food in Tuscany
Pappa al Pomodoro: Flavours of the Tuscan Summer

Pappa al Pomodoro: Flavours of the Tuscan Summer

Pappa al pomodoro is the hallmark of traditional Tuscan home cooking. It was invented to use up ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste, such as stale bread, placing emphasis on seasonal fare in a straightforward recipe that calls for a generous dash of the finest Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil. What makes pappa al …Read More
July 19, 2018
Wine Guide
New World vs Old World Wine: what are the differences?

New World vs Old World Wine: what are the differences?

During a recent dinner with wine colleagues from around the world, Brian, from the United States, while tasting a Tempranillo from Spain, said: ‘’Well… it’s New World to me.” This gave us the idea to do a blind tasting of Old World vs. New World Wine. That night, amongst friends from France, Italy, Spain, Greece, …Read More
July 17, 2018
Italy Travel
Tuscany Road Trip Ideas for a Stress-Free Holiday

Tuscany Road Trip Ideas for a Stress-Free Holiday

There are so many reasons why a Tuscany road trip is a great idea for a stress free holiday. This idyllic landscape begs to be discovered… slowly. The description by Jenny Nelson, author of Georgia’s Kitchen, sums it up best: “the Tuscan countryside whizzed by in a kaleidoscopic whirl of shapes and colors. Green grass …Read More
July 10, 2018