Long-lost medallion found in Livorno?s English cemetery
Left abandoned for years amid the rampant weeds of the English cemetery in Livorno's city centre, a large medallion has been unearthed close to the tomb of Tobias Smollett, the great eighteenth-century Scottish writer.
Francis Horner's face is depicted on the medallion. …
Tuscan Region to provide early childcare vouchers
Recognizing that families are struggling to cover the costs of childcare for their infants, the Tuscan Region has earmarked 2.4 million euro for vouchers for use at municipal or accredited nurseries.
‘At this time of great difficulty we continue to see a …
Pistoia?s homeless acquire an address
It will exist as far as the registry office is concerned, but not on any street map.
An imaginary street, named after street poet Remo Cerini, will be the official ‘residence’ of Pistoia’s homeless population.
The town council decided to do away with …
Inmates produce wine on Gorgona Island
Justice minister Annamaria Cancellieri recently announced a project underway in the Tuscan penal settlement on Gorgona Island, allowing prisoners the opportunity to become wine-makers of the highest calibre.
Made with the help of the 50 inmates living on the island, ‘Gorgona’ is …
Rock star enters Chianti property market
Since purchasing Villa Il Palagio, in Figline Valdarno, Sting, rock star and former lead singer of The Police, has created a small rural business that produces high-quality olive oil, honey and wine.
Now Sting is making areas of his Chianti mansion, with …
New seaside resort in Marina di Pisa
Big Fish, a bathing establishment designed as a social and occupational reintegration project for people suffering from mental illness, recently opened in Marina di Pisa.
‘This is the first resort [in Italy] run by people who have experienced mental health issues and …
New waste management goals for 2020
Tuscany will recycle 65 percent of its waste by 2020, announced president of the Tuscan Region Enrico Rossi.
He presented this new goal on May 18 in Capannori, speaking with mayor Giorgio Del Ghingaro, whose town in the Lucchese plain was featured …
Nursery park to open
On June 27, Europe’s first ‘nursery park’ will open in Pistoia, uniting art, creativity and design in a futuristic botanical garden.
In Pistoia Nursery Park, pathways will meander through the 10-hectare green space featuring 100 beautiful plants expertly combined for their variety, …
Lucca hosts a year of commemorative events
Starting in October 2013, the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca will kick off yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the city’s defense walls.
First built in 1513, Lucca’s walls, built to protect the city-state from intruders, were never put to the …
Electric cigarettes banned in bars
No more smoking electric cigarettes in bars and restaurants in Tuscany. The mandate comes from Fipe-Confcommercio, an organization that represents the interests of dining and entertainment venues, rather than a national ban.
Currently, seventy specialty stores in Tuscany sell electric cigarettes, and …
Coastal city becomes part of Grosseto
The city of Piombino is now part of the province of Grosseto, following the recent vote by the city council, which approved by an overwhelming majority a proposal for the city’s inclusion in the province of Grosseto.
The proposal to leave the …
Now patients must pre-pay for ASL visits
After a boom in patients who never pay for their medical appointments, the Region of Tuscany has ruled that visits to specialists and for examinations must be paid in advance.
With the number of patients getting free appointments growing (from 46.6 percent …
Palestine city adopts regional methods
A delegation from Hebron recently travelled to Tuscany as part of a project in which the Palestine city will adopt an eco-friendly ‘Tuscan model’ for waste disposal. The Palestinian delegation visited several solid-waste management sites in Tuscany, including a computerized environmental center …
Ancient vessels believed to be under Concordia
The Costa Concordia shipwreck lying off the Giglio coast may not only have taken lives and caused irrepairable damage to the environment and the island economy, it could also have caused an archeological disaster.
Local prosecutors are investigating whether the Concordia has …
Tuscan crowned top sommelier
Luca Martini, a sommelier from Arezzo, has won the Worldwide Sommelier Championship, in a competition held at the Park Lane Hotel in London. The competition, which tested the ‘art of the sommelier,’ attracted contestants from 21 countries.
Born in 1980, Martini is …
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