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October 17, 2019

New artisan training hub in Florence

Two important players on the Florentine artisan scene are joining forces to become a world-wide hub for leather and crafts training.
October 8, 2019

A taste of Ruffino this October

Wine in Tuscany has undergone a quality revolution in recent years. The Sangiovese grape remains at the centre of it all. It is the grape that is most often associated with Tuscany, the favoured son of Mother Nature. It is an indigenous grape that has been at the heart of all great Tuscan red wines: […]
September 18, 2019

Harvest and more in Seggiano

September is a sublime month to visit Castello di Potentino, and unusually there’s a taste of Southern Spain in the offing.     Featuring thought-provoking photography by Roberto Benzi, Paolo Mazzo and Carlos Nuñez Delgado-Roig, on September 7 the Andalucía exhibition will be presented by the castle’s owner Charlotte Horton and horse breeder Mirko Nesurini, […]
September 10, 2019

L’Ideale: where cooking is personal

    It’s tricky to get Laura and Gianluca of Cooking in Florence to stay still for long enough to explain what’s next this autumn at their via Ghibellina loft. But once they do pause over a moka coffee and homemade almond-studded cookies, you realize that a culinary extravaganza is in store.     Laura […]
September 3, 2019

Gourmet cuisine at Grand Hotel Minerva

It’s a prime dining location in Florence: an exquisitely laid table by piazza Santa Maria Novella. La Buona Novella Restaurant at Grand Hotel Minerva serves gourmet cuisine by night and contemporary hotel fare by day.   We spoke with talented young chef Tommaso Calonaci to find out about the new summer menu and his team’s […]

A new look for a centuries-old wine estate

      Hot on the heels of the success of desired destination wedding venue Villa Medicea di Lilliano and the recent opening of urban luxury apartments Peruzzi Residences in Florence’s Santa Croce quarter, now the Malenchini family have rebranded their wines.     Contemporary while retaining Italian refinement, the updated sleek labels are an […]
July 16, 2019

Italian Tapas: Oltrarno’s hidden garden

  A mainstay for Oltrarno nights, Italian Tapas is a popular hangout where old meets new near piazza Santo Spirito. Based on a concept by brothers Marco and Matteo Laporta, the attractive locale pulls in an international and local crowd, especially in the summer with its shaded courtyard to the rear and outdoor seating along […]
July 10, 2019

Summer events at Belmond Villa San Michele

  There’s something extraordinary about this hotel on the hill.     Belmond Villa San Michele has an allure all of its own. Vaunting singular views over Florence from its hillside just below Fiesole, this luxury hotel lounges in a former monastery. The striking fifteenth-century loggia is home to the restaurant, making it the perfect […]

Cocktail consideration at Grand Hotel Minerva

  Picture this: a creative cocktail beside one of the most panoramic pools in Florence. It’s all change up at Grand Hotel Minerva’s rooftop bar. Kareem Bennett has devised a cocktail list, in partnership with consultant bartender Julian Biondi, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the hallowed hotel in piazza Santa Maria Novella.     […]
July 2, 2019

Castello Del Nero reopens under new ownership

  COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, is an exceptional 740-acre, historic estate in Chianti, 30 minutes from Florence and Siena. A 12th-century castle stands at the heart of the property, which features 50 rooms and suites with new interiors by Milanese designer Paola Navone.   This is a significant addition to the COMO Group because […]