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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

Lifestyle

Twentieth-century Tuscany

  Tuscany’s Renaissance and Etruscan masterpieces are world famous, but the region’s twentieth-century art gets scant attention. Toscana ’900, a project of the Tuscan Region and the Ente Cassa di ...

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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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Exploring Pitigliano

In the Tuscan Maremma, Pitigliano is synonymous with enchantment and beauty, jealously and Judaism, tourism and tradition. It's a lot for one city, but the locals are used to it. Their homes are architectural masterpieces, twisting out from their tufa cliff foundation like branches from a particularly gnarled tree.

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Tuscany’s white sand

With its 4km-long, white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, Vada, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, is called by many the Caribbean of the Tyrrenhian Sea. The whiteness ...

FOOD + WINE

WWW means ‘wonderful weekend of wine’

The current popularity of ‘enogastronomy’- wine and food related tourism – may seem new but Italian wines have been drawing visitors since the Greeks overran the Etruscans. However, unlike food, wine in Italy in the last 35 years has changed dramatically. Around that time, Italians began to realize

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Trading Places: An alternative way to get away,

Situation:Two teachers with two school-age children, my wife and I have lots and lots of time for traveling -- Christmas, Easter, Summer -- however, being two teachers with two children we don’t have lots of money.    Question: Since we have time to see the world, how

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Grado

Whether you are looking for a historic festival, Roman ruins, great wine and seafood, or one of Europe’s top beaches, little known Grado has it all.  And the perfect time to go there is the first weekend in July, when, each year since 1237 Grado honours the

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Low-cost ‘Airlining’

Low-cost airlines have revolutionised the way we travel around Europe. If at all possible we will take a flight rather than catch a train or a bus, and in many cases, the choice is made based on the fact that these days, a plane ticket can cost much less. &

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