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Exploring Tuscany: off the beaten path

The US Consul General sets out to explore places that are off the beaten path in Tuscany. 

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Saturnia: a weekend for foodies

Saturnia’s natural thermal baths must be visited at least once in a lifetime. Make the most of a foodie weekend in the area.

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Exploring Montemurlo: Villa Pazzi al Parugiano and I Vivai al Parugiano

Montemurlo goes international with a romantic country villa for weddings and an industrial chic boutique hotel.

FOOD + WINE

San Gimignano: where to eat

San Gimignano is one of the best-loved towns in Tuscany. Here are some top picks for where to spend your calories in the turreted town.

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Savour the spring with Destination Florence

Surprise someone special with a memorable outing in the city.

NEWS

DUCO Italy and the thoughts of Florence’s hotel managers

DUCO Italy is a high-end tourism event held annually in Florence, Italy. It promotes the excellence of Italian hospitality to the world’s most important buyers. It’s an invitation-only event featuring ...

ART + CULTURE

Bringing Pinocchio back to Tuscany

Pinocchio’s main message goes far beyond the story of a puppet with a lie-detecting nose. This multilayered text highlights what it means to be Italian, and more specifically, Tuscan.    ...

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5 spa hotels in Florence

There’s never been a better time to have a spa all to yourself. Here are five hotels with wellness facilities in central Florence.     Hotel Palazzo Castri 1874   ...

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Livorno, port of culture

An industrious city with its centuries-old port, Livorno is also a seat of contemporary culture. The Florentine explores the artistic depths of Livorno on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s ...

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Destination Florence in 2022

Destination Florence sets out their programme for the year ahead with themes and suggestions for each month. On their blog and website, you’ll find endless ideas for experiences and adventures ...

FOOD + WINE

Start your day the best way with a Tuscan breakfast

Breakfast is often your first taste of Tuscany and it’s long been regarded as the most important meal of the day. A tourist attraction in itself, look out for authentic ...

COMMUNITY

Florentine exile and the tyranny of distance

Do I need that black cardigan? I thought, pulling the heavy door shut. Then I thought, No, I’ll be back in four weeks. I can do without it. What I ...

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Alternative art tour of Pisa

There’s far more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower, the sweeping curve of the River Arno and Galileo Galilei Airport. The Florentine spent a day exploring all things artistic in ...

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Duty and remembrance: Florence American Cemetery

Eight miles south of Florence lies the Florence American Cemetery, memorializing thousands of Americans who fell while liberating Italy during World War II. The Florentine speaks with Superintendent Angel Matos about ...

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Give the gift of Florence

Gift giving is sometimes difficult, but not at all so when you’re presented with the option of wrapping up an entire city under the Christmas tree. This year, Destination Florence ...

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Autumnal adventures in the Mugello

We’ve all felt the change in the air as autumn makes its presence known. Some of us are not quite ready to shake off the summer and, for others, the ...

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25Hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino: Florence’s coolest new venue

Florence has never seen a place like this, in a part of town that we all previously avoided. Four years in the making and millions in the spending, 25Hours Hotel ...

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Dante in Tuscany: Casentino and Pisa

Baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri and often referred to simply as Dante, the Florentine poet, writer and philosopher stayed true to his Tuscan identity throughout his years spent in ...

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New hotel openings in Florence: September 2021

After a sold-out August, Florence is embracing the end of the summer with a flurry of hotel openings destined to turn heads through daring design and playful concepts.      ...

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Outdoor explorations and adventure with Destination Florence

The best way to endure the heat of the summer months is to set off on an outdoor adventure in the fresh air in Florence, and yes, it can be ...

NEWS

New Dream of Italy special

Kathy McCabe is back on our screens with Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive, a PBS special that concentrates on the transformative power of Italy.     “I know ...

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3 sustainable travel experiences in Tuscany

Take a moment to immerse yourself in the calming nature all around. In recent times, if anything, we’ve learned how to take a pause and reset, as we’ve been coerced ...

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3 ultimate Vespa adventures in Tuscany

Careering around Tuscany on the back of a little red Vespa should come with two disclaimers. Firstly, the narrow twists and turns of Italian roads are not without danger and ...

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Elba: island of adventure, relaxation and self-imposed exile

Adventurous, soothing, hair-raising, exasperating, breath-taking, demanding, sensual, active, restful, scenic: the adjectives used to describe Elba Island are as varied as the Tuscan isle itself. The Florentine savoured Elba Island ...

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