Carnival is a much-loved festive season throughout Tuscany and all towns celebrate it during the month of February. It’s a centuries-old festival, when everyone is allowed to eat excessively, play excessively and be a bit silly for a day. Typical carnival masquerading exemplifies the idea of turning social standards upside down and doing away with […]
This February 14, there’s an antidote to starry-eyed lovers taking up pavement space; it’s found in contemporary art. PARTING / Sometimes focusing on other people’s disastrous relationships is distraction enough from our own misgivings around love. An ancient tale-turned-modern is depicted in Giorgio de Chirico’s Hector and Andromache (1950) at the Collezione Roberto Casamonti […]
Tuscany is home to almost 60,000 hectares of vineyards. From February 9 to 18, the regional wine previews, held in Florence, San Gimignano, Montepulciano and Montalcino, provide an opportunity to find out more.
The most magical time of the year sees Christmas lights dangling, trees adorning piazzas and the return of our favourite holiday markets (mulled wine, anyone?) as we scout for presents. The region is especially enchanting at Christmas time, with traditions to be found in every town and hamlet. Here are a few of […]
Ask around and the city folk of Florence will tell you the Maremma, in the region’s south, is rural and, let’s be honest, a little backwards. If you ask the same question in the Maremma however, they’ll plant their feet, cross their arms and tell you the only part of their province that’s backwards is […]