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Three free archaeological tours in Tuscany

Did you know that an opportunity to explore the world of the Etruscan warrior princes who dominated Tuscany 3,000 years ago is within a drive of Florence? All part of ...

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9 things to do in the province of Pistoia

There’s a vast part of Tuscany that remains off most tourists’ radars, despite its vast green spaces, profound culture, mountains and thermal baths. The Valdinievole refers to 11 comuni in ...

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A winter road trip in Monte Amiata

  It seems unlikely, but winter is the most peaceful time to visit one of Tuscany’s tallest mountains, Monte Amiata, and the area around it. Although it’s only mildly cold ...

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Artisans and antiques at Arezzo Antique Fair

  Many people come to Arezzo to witness the beauty of Piero della Francesca’s frescoes or to see the birthplace of poet Petrarch or Vasari, the Medici architect. Some people ...

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Lucca and the City of Light

Running concurrently with the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition in Pisa is another show with a French connection. Through February 14, 2016, Lu.C.C.A. Lucca Center of Contemporary Art is hosting De Chirico, Savinio and Les Italiens de Paris.    Through approximately 50 works, the show highlights seven Italian

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‘@Montevarchi goes viral

  Montevarchi, a small town of 24,000 in the province of Arezzo, is making a big name for itself on the Internet.   Over the past six years, the city ...

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Taste truffles in Milan with The Florentine

Fancy a free truffle tasting and meeting The Florentine in Milan?   On October 27, at 5.30pm, at Milan's Societa' Umanitaria, join The Florentine's editor Helen Farrell at an evening dedicated to truffles, cross-cultural difference and translation in the world of food.   The event is

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Villa Medicea di Lilliano: a new adventure for a Medici villa

Just 15 minutes from Florence, nestled among its own olive groves and vineyards, stands a wine estate  with a difference. Villa Medicea di Lilliano began life in the eleventh century as ...

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Insider tips from the Pescia area

Editor's note: In the premier issue of The Tuscan Times, an exciting new supplement to The Florentine (read more about it here), our contributors shared their insider knowledge of their home bases with us. Carolyn Travers is our Pescia correspondent, and we had to pick her brain

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Insider tips from the Maremma

Editor's note: In the premier issue of The Tuscan Times, an exciting new supplement to The Florentine (read more about it here), our contributors shared their insider knowledge of their home bases with us. Writers Emiko Davies and Elisa Scarton Detti are two of our top sources in

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Insider tips from the Cortona area

Editor's note: In the premier issue of The Tuscan Times, an exciting new supplement to The Florentine (read more about it here), our contributors shared their insider knowledge of their home bases with us. Translator, writer and winery consultant Oonagh Stransky is our Cortona correspondent, and we had

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Insider tips from the Prato area

    photos by Marco Badiani Editor’s note: In the premier issue of The Tuscan Times, an exciting new supplement to The Florentine (read more about it here), our contributors shared ...

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Insider tips from Montespertoli

Editor's note: In the premier issue of The Tuscan Times, an exciting new supplement to The Florentine (read more about it here), our contributors shared their insider knowledge of their home bases with us. Rebecca Gualandi is our go-to girl in Montespertoli, so we had to

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Castiglion Fiorentino’s time-team heroes

Danilo Grifoni (left) and Mario Menci (right)   Inspired by the lucky discovery of an ancient golden earring, amateur archaeologists Mario Menci and Danilo Grifoni pushed back the officially recognised origins of their hometown, Castiglion Fiorentino, by more than a millennium, back to the age of the Etruscans. The golden

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Insider tips from the Mugello area

Editor's note: In the premier issue of The Tuscan Times, an exciting new supplement to The Florentine (read more about it here), our contributors shared their insider knowledge of their home bases with us. Amy Gulick of The Bittersweet Gourmet is our go-to source in the Mugello, so

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Tuscan summer: bagno style

Boiling temperatures, blazing sun and bumper-to-bumper highway traffic means only one thing: the annual great migration has begun. With bags packed and cars loaded, Italian city-dwellers move to the seaside to escape the sweltering heat and to indulge in the glorious tradition of summer vacanza al mare. &

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A siren’s call: Tuscany’s most beautiful beach

Tuscany isn’t just about food and culture; it’s also home to Italy’s most beautiful beach for 2015.   When it comes to travel destinations, Tuscany is a bucket-list perennial, a siren’s call in the back of our minds. We cannot—

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That’s Prato!

Earlier this summer the Tuscan Region partnered with Prato’s Chamber of Commerce and all the cities throughout the province, launching an exciting Sunday series of free guided visits through the ...

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September in Prato

Nothing beats September in Tuscany: changing colors, balmy temperatures and new energy in the city streets after the quiet sun-drenched months. Stealing the late-summer limelight from Florence, Prato will be the life of the party this year. Concerts, galas, sporting events and foodie fun are all in the

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Giglio, The island of sunken ships

The ferry pulls into Giglio Island and everyone rushes over the side to get a photo. This is my third visit, but I cannot resist the urge to join them, so I elbow my way to the front expecting to see eager Americans snapping shots of the picturesque port. Instead,

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Explore Maremma Walking Festival: out of the city

Pull on those comfortable shoes, pray for good weather and see some of Southern Tuscany’s (and Lazio’s) most spectacular natural sites at the Explore Maremma Walking Festival this September 20–28. There’s no denying it has been a rubbish summer in Tuscany. The

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When winter beckons in Maremma

The traditional low season in the Maremma offers a moment for embracing, rather than escaping, the cold and the customs that come along with it. With winter in full swing, the Maremma in Tuscany’s south has fallen into a fitful and satisfied hibernation. With months before the tourist

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Top 10 things to do in Prato

About 24 kilometers from the center of Florence—a 20-minute train trip—is Tuscany’s second largest city, Prato, home to some 190,000 people, including Italy’s second-largest Chinese community. A day (or more!) ...

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Porte into wilderness (the Parco Tecnologico Archeologico delle Colline Metalliferie Grossetane)

There's a quiet magnificence to the Parco Tecnologico Archeologico delle Colline Metalliferie Grossetane and it has nothing to do with its mouthful of a name. The park has no boundaries, no borders, no gates. It runs completely unchecked across the Metalliferous Hills, in the northern area of southern Tuscany.

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