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July 11, 2018

Theatre, music and entertainment at Petra

For many of us it’s just a given that in summertime, everything is more enjoyable, and it’s even more so when you have green vineyards of the Tuscan coast as your backdrop, with a dream-worthy winery and top quality food and wines. Francesca Moretti knew all of this when she joined with her team to […]
June 27, 2018

Monteverro winery: the green heart of the Maremma

  It would be unforgivable to visit the pretty hilltop town of Capalbio and not bask in the sunbathed vineyards that comprise Monteverro’s verdant estate.   Picturesque towns, spellbinding views and the purest nature bejewel the Silver Coast, a short distance from the Lazio border. Located on the main road leading from Capalbio to the […]

Sunday suppers

  When Florence’s heat becomes too much to bear, head for Montalcino’s endless pleasures.   The beyond beautiful Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo just northwest of the wine town, is hosting unforgettable La Festa della Domenica suppers on July 8 and 22, August 12 and 26, and September 2. Starting […]
June 26, 2018

Culture and charity at Palazzo Tornabuoni

Jack and Marianne Ferraro are Florence-loving members of Palazzo Tornabuoni, the city’s only private residence club. Saddened at seeing a dirty tabernacle from the windows of their apartment, the couple decided to do something about it.         -Jack Ferraro: We bought our modest one-bedroom apartment in this building, which looks out at […]
June 14, 2018

Castello Del Nero: a 5-star luxury hotel experience

A reassuring row of cypress trees lines the lane leading to Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa, where the twelfth-century tower stands in grandeur amid manicured Italian gardens and olive copses.
June 6, 2018

Experiencing Florence from top to bottom

David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus are reliably awe-inspiring, but savvy Florence visitors will know that the Tuscan capital has a surplus of under-visited treasures and experiences. Where to begin, though, when looking to broaden your Florentine horizons and move outside the customary first-timer circuit? It was Florentine journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani who once […]
June 4, 2018

Ambition, royalty and change: Villa Medicea di Lilliano Wine Estate

  If the sun-kissed stones of Villa Medicea Di Lilliano Wine Estate could tell a story, it would be one of ambition, royalty and change.             The History       The villa began life as a lookout tower in the 11th century, garnering strategic importance in the 15th century […]
May 31, 2018

Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella plays the Foo Fighters

Ahead of Firenze Rocks, the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella plays the Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly" on his violin.

Estate Fiorentina 2018

Novelist and noted Italophile Henry James famously said that the two most beautiful words in the English language are “summer afternoon”. Today we wonder what he’d have to say about the Florentine sunny season and its signature event. The 2018 edition of arts and culture festival Estate Fiorentina spans six months, features 140 projects (and […]
May 30, 2018


    “Respecting the city is the best way to enjoy it.” This is the main message made by the #EnjoyRespectFirenze campaign, aimed at educating tourists and day trippers to Florence. The campaign was launched a year ago, hot on the heels of a similar campaign implemented in Venice. Now the City of Florence is reinforcing […]