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Escape to nature in Tuscany: Borgo Santo Pietro

A post-lockdown holiday destination surrounded by nature, the five-star luxury hotel Borgo Santo Pietro is reopening on May 14.           Danish owners Jeanette and Claus Thottrup are ...

NEWS

Florence Airport to reopen on April 2 with a resurfaced runway

Florence Airport will reopen on April 2 with a newly paved, high-performance runway.

THINGS TO DO

Via degli Dei: hiking between Bologna and Florence

PhD law students at the European University Institute Dominik Dworniczak and Hubert Bekisz are based in Florence for the next four years. Both enjoy hiking and decided to attempt the ...

THINGS TO DO

Hills of healing and kindness: Valdelsa Empolese

    “Prayer is a suspension of the presumption of your ego,” explains Alessandro, his kind eyes sparkling with empathy, after showing us around the cell where the Blessed Giulia ...

COMMUNITY

How to take a sabbatical in Florence

There’s never been a better time to plan a sabbatical in Florence and consider spending a life-enriching extended period of time in Italy.   Earlier in the year, more than ...

THINGS TO DO

Tips for a memorable long weekend in Tuscany

In a region as spectacular as Tuscany, it’s normal to feel like there’s simply never enough time to take in all its wonders. Thankfully, carefully curated tours make fitting in ...

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Never-ending renaissance along the Etruscan Coast

“It’s the place with the beaded curtain,” replied the local teenager, as he tucked into the elusive Livorno-style baguette we were trying to track down. Our appetite had been piqued ...

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Green glorious green

If there’s one lesson we have all learned over the last few months, it’s that good health and nature are the most precious things on the planet. Combine the two ...

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A summer staycation in Florence

Your original summer plans may have been cast aside, but never fear; there’s a great summer stretching out in front of you. If you are lucky enough to be staycationing ...

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Finding Machiavelli in Sant’Andrea in Percussina

In Florence, city of pilgrimages, it can be hard to find Niccolò Machiavelli.   The house in via de’ Guicciardini, where he lived from his birth in 1469 to his ...

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Balena Baths in Viareggio

Locals have called it “la Passeggiata”, or the promenade, since 1902 when it was inaugurated in Viareggio, the seaside town called the “pearl of Versilia” in the province of Lucca. ...

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Forest bathing on Monte Amiata

“Our hotel’s opposite the ski lift, I’ll meet you there,” wrote hotelier and tour operator Franz, in a WhatsApp exchange. Off I set, two hours south of Florence, climbing up ...

FOOD + WINE

My modern Decameron at the Ruffino Agriresort

“Don’t make me leave,” she said. “I wouldn’t dream of it,” he replied, stretching out on the sun lounger at just the right angle to gaze over the greenest of ...

FOOD + WINE

Salvatore Ferragamo on wine

The Florentine‘s Helen Farrell speaks with Salvatore Ferragamo, CEO of Il Borro Relais & Chateaux and organic winery in Tuscany, and Vittoria Ferragamo, head of special projects at Il Borro, ...

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Florence Virtual Tour

Explore Florence from afar with this virtual tour from 360 photographer Fabio Casati

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The spas of southern Tuscany

The sun was shining as I set off for southern Tuscany, destination Saturnia. It feels like an odyssey from Florence, pacing down towards Siena, continuing to Grosseto and slowing down ...

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Spa sublimity in the Siena countryside

It was a bitterly cold January day as we sought solace at the spas sprinkled throughout the Siena countryside. The clue’s in the name: look for a terme (Italian for ...

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Tuscany and Piedmont: lands of similarities

The golden hour tinges the sinuous vine-wrapped valley on the last night of two weeks travelling the myriad glories of Piedmont’s Langhe Monferrato Roero and Tuscany’s Valdichiana Senese and Val ...

ART + CULTURE

Soul of the city: the Cassettai

They are in the city’s piazzas every day of the year, but you might have thought they were just ubiquitous tourist booths, selling the usual souvenirs. The Cassettai Storici Fiorentini ...

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Land and water in the Mugello

An absence of big cities and an abundance of green seems to generate a hush over the whole area of the Mugello, an area of Tuscany located northeast of Florence. ...

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Friends at Sea

  A sea of Italian beachgoers sunbathed along the Garagolo bay in late September. Beside them sat a group of five young surfers, longboards in hand, watching the lifeless water ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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Residing at the castle: Artist residencies at Castello di Potentino

“I could write a book here,” was my hankering on walking up the worn medieval steps to the tapestry-lined Baron’s Room at Potentino Castle. Wall hangings aside, the view through ...

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