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The Student Hotel Florence

The Student Hotel Florence Lavagnini is much more than just student rooms. The co-living, co-working hybrid brings this vibrant format to Italy for the first time at Florence Lavagnini.   ...

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Leonardo da Vinci in Montepulciano: Man, nature and machines

Any excuse is a good one to visit mesmerising Montepulciano, even more so this spring/summer due to a top-tier Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition. Held at the Fortezza, Anatomies: Machines, Man, ...

FOOD + WINE

Spring 2018 wine events in Tuscany

Fill your glasses this April as wine-centric events are decanted throughout the region. From exhibitions to tastings, winery visits and festivals, you’ll be saying cin cin to Tuscany all month ...

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How to plan your “settimana bianca”

Abetone, the Maremma and the Apuan Alps: these wintery Tuscan destinations are sure to satisfy your cravings for snow during a "settimana bianca".

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La Speranza: The bellybutton borgo

Everybody knows about La Speranza. At least that’s what I’ve been told. Anywhere you go in the Tuscan countryside, you’re bound to find a roadside café teeming with local characters. ...

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Savouring the Swiss secrets of Pontremoli

Lunigiana is about as far north as you can go in Tuscany and still be in Tuscany. And Pontremoli is its northernmost comune. At this time of year, the high ...

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Tuscany’s hidden truffle town

At this time of year there’s no better thing to eat in Tuscany than black truffles, whether they’ve been shaved and scattered liberally onto our dinner or drizzled over it ...

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The cigar of the first republic and the Valtiberina

In central Italy, where Umbria, Romagna and Tuscany meet, there is a valley called Valtiberina, a borderland where the Tiber river begins. It was here that Andrea Pichi, a man ...

FOOD + WINE

2018 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Here’s an overview to 2018 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts three new entries: Poggio Rosso, Osteria Perillà and Cum Quibus.

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A cold day in Carrara

“Bar the thrill of admiring its marble pavements, marble street benches, decorative marble putti, marble-clad post office and marble everything else, Carrara doesn’t offer much for the visitor.” This is ...

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My Settignano

Once home to Boccaccio, Michelangelo and Gabriele D’Annunzio, Florence’s hilltop neighbourhood Settignano is a gem with some of the most beautiful views overlooking the city. During the Renaissance, thanks to ...

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Elba Island: finding paradise off the Tuscan Coast

Elba Island can be what you want: a romantic getaway, a family gathering or a personal vacation da solo.

FOOD + WINE

Contemporary cantine: Capalbio è vino

You’d be forgiven for never having heard of Capalbio. Until now, that is. 45 kilometres southeast of Grosseto and just 10 minutes from the Lazio border, earliest records of this ...

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The miracle dance: posing in Pisa at the Leaning Tower

Let me count the fancy ways in which visitors to Pisa’s piazza dei Miracoli try to catch hold of the world-famous tower in their photos… Even before the on-trend selfie ...

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Chianti Colli Fiorentini: Florence’s frontline

Welcome to Florence’s frontline, to the bucolic, bijou and family-run wineries that comprise Chianti Colli Fiorentini.

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When a Kennedy came to town

Once a wild and foreboding place, Manciano is on its way to becoming southern Tuscany’s hottest postcode and the locals are anything but starstruck. It all started with Caroline Kennedy. The ...

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Still Life at the Poggio a Caiano Medici Villa

The Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano is an historical gem far removed from the hustle and bustle of Tuscany’s tourist centers. The villa, located in the Province of Prato, ...

NEWS

Italy’s bullet train, from Pisa

By 2020 Italy’s trains may undergo a revolution thanks to ground-breaking magnetic levitation technology developed in Pisa.

ART + CULTURE

Pontedera remembers futurism and speed

The impact of speed in revolutionising transport and shaping Italian futuristic art has been brought to life in two new exhibitions in Pontedera.

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A quick trip to Chianti Rufina

Everyone knows Chiantishire, but there are actually another seven Chianti sub-zones and I have been living in one of them for the past 21 years—Chianti Rufina—the smallest and probably the ...

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Blowing trumpets

It’s now the season when we look back at the year come to pass, at its ups and downs, our personal growth and our setbacks. And 2016 is shaping up ...

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Making capital: Pistoia

All eyes will soon be on Pistoia, as it was selected Italy’s culture capital for 2017 and recently listed among Lonely Planet’s top ten cities in the world to visit ...

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2017 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Italian cuisine has long since been a favourite, but in recent years chefs in Tuscany have been scaling the heights of culinary excellence. Here’s an overview to 2017 Michelin-starred restaurants in ...

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6 Ideas for a long weekend in Italy

We’ve created a short list of six cities to visit based on the type of traveler you are. Here are six travel ideas for a long weekend in Italy.

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