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Tuscany

THINGS TO DO

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.

NEWS

Boom in film sets in Tuscany

Films, documentaries, TV series and audiovisual creations seek the beauty of Tuscany as their backdrop. 2021 saw an increase of 100% compared to 2019, with over 146 productions made by ...

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 ...

ART + CULTURE

Igor Mitoraj’s heroes on the Viareggio beach

Extending from the sea to the mountains sprinkled with the white marble dust of Carrara, Versilia nourishes the legendary status of Michelangelo and the many other artists who found inspiration ...

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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 ...

ART + CULTURE

Argiano Baroque Music Festival: a melodic mix in the Montalcino countryside

Glasses chink as the concert bell chimes and the centuries-old gates peel back into the terracotta-tiled courtyard. It’s a magical introduction to the evening of music that awaits at the ...

ART + CULTURE

Enrico Magnani Pescia handmade paper

Note it in your diary today so you won’t miss this unique upcoming event. From September 16 to 19, the 27th edition of the Artigianato e Palazzo exhibition will be ...

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A magical Tuscan road to music: Incontri in Terra di Siena

In 1924, just after being married, Antonio and Iris Origo purchased a rundown 15th-century villa named La Foce on the via Francigena in Val d’Orcia. Restoring the property became their ...

ART + CULTURE

The Busatti Family: weavers since 1842

A friend telephoned me a month ago and said, “I’m coming by to take you to see a real piece of industrial archaeology”. He did that and so much more. ...

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Dante and the Lunigiana

Thirteenth- and fourteenth-century travellers to the Lunigiana were obliged to pay a toll to the Luni church or the Malaspina marquises, who owned castles on the hills above the river ...

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The Buffalo Soldiers

Bob Marley wrote “Buffalo Soldier” with Noel “King Sporty” Williams, but the song was released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1983, two years after the singer-songwriter’s death. It ...

NEWS

Invest in Tuscany: celebrating 10 years of foreign investment

Retail represents 28% of the FDI made between 2016 and 2020, followed by hospitality (16%) and manufacturing (15%)

FOOD + WINE

Vermouth from Tuscany

Vermouth is a night-off for a wine lover. Coriander? Tonka bean? Sage? Like pot pourri in a tumbler, guessing the botanicals defies reason. The fortified and aromatized wine is basking ...

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Made in Tuscany: the companies that make a difference in our daily lives

Made in Tuscany is a bellwether of style and functionality. We start 2021 by bigging up the brands who make a difference in our daily lives.     Top left ...

ART + CULTURE

The Dream of Lady Florence Phillips in Siena

The Dream of Lady Florence Phillips exhibition currently showing at Siena’s Santa Maria della Scala features a collection of masterpieces belonging to the Johannesburg Art Gallery.      The collection ...

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Historic quarantine in Livorno

When William Magee Seton left New York on board the  sailing ship “Sheperdess” on October 2, 1803, he could not have imagined he would never return to his homeland. Born ...

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Internet Festival returns to Pisa

From October 8-11, the 10th Internet Festival will take place in Pisa with four days of physical events, and three months – continuing until December – of online streaming initiatives. Asking ...

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Welcome to the (urban) jungle

What happens when you put two of the world’s most innovative thinkers about the nexus between architecture and plants together in a room? While working together on a forestation plan ...

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Summer music festivals in Tuscany

It wouldn’t be summer without a marvellous music festival or two. Let spectacular sights and sounds surround you at one of these tuneful events set in the most stunning locations ...

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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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Pisa unveils a monument to Galileo Galilei

On February 29, a bronze statue of Galileo Galilei will be placed in front of what is believed to be the scientist’s childhood home.     The artist behind the ...

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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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