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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. ...

NEWS

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 ...

ART + CULTURE

Modigliani back home

Livorno-born Amedeo Modigliani wasn’t a successful artist in his lifetime. The often penniless and drunk artist traded paintings for food in the Montparnasse and Montmartre neighbourhoods of Paris, where he ...

FOOD + WINE

Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany for 2020

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 2020 Michelin-starred restaurants in ...

FOOD + WINE

Suvereto: wine travel guide

Suvereto charms travellers with its medieval architecture, slow pace and green surroundings. Its wines are equally beguiling: scented like the Mediterranean maquis, refreshing like a dip in the nearby sea ...

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Bolgheri DOC wine appellation celebrates 25 years

      On August 31, the Bolgheri DOC Consortium celebrated 25 years since red winemaking guidelines were introduced to the wine appellation with a glittering gala dinner along the ...

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Thought for food

Leading environmentalists and journalists visited Castello di Potentino, in the Maremma, for an international symposium about food and the environment between June 6 to 11.   The London-based journalism pioneer ...

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Notes from the Maremma: Summer 2019

Summer in southern Tuscany isn’t just about melting by the seaside before chowing down on more seafood and gelato than is medically advisable. It’s also about those envy-inducing balmy nights ...

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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 ...

ART + CULTURE

Rags are tomorrow’s riches

Recycling is the most virtuous form of behaviour that can be adopted right now as far as style is concerned.     The second dirtiest industry after oil, the fashion ...

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Castling at Potentino

  Otherworldly is one way of describing Castello di Potentino, an eleventh-century citadel girdled by greenery. West of Seggiano and south of Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany, the castle vaunts ...

NEWS

Is the Leaning Tower straightening out?

"Like human nature, it's almost falling but never does"

FOOD + WINE

2019 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Here’s an overview to 2019 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts three new entries: La Tenda Rossa, Al 43 and Ristorante Giglio.

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Slow Travel Fest Monteriggioni

Slow Travel Fest Monteriggioni returns from September 21 to 23 for three days of talks, hikes, culture, food and music in the splendid monumental complex in Abbadia a Isola and ...

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Seven islands for several adventures: Capraia and Pianosa

Legend has it that the seven islands comprising the Tuscan Archipelago were birthed when Aphrodite mislaid her pearl necklace in the Mediterranean. Goddess of love aside, Elba, Capraia, Pianosa, Giglio, ...

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Theatre, music and entertainment at Petra

For many of us it’s just a given that in summertime, everything is more enjoyable, and it’s even more so when you have green vineyards of the Tuscan coast as ...

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The curious Vie Cave

Deep in the Tuscan Maremma, there lies a remarkable trace of Italy’s ancient history.   Long before the Roman Republic made headway through the peninsula, much of Tuscany was home ...

FOOD + WINE

Monteverro winery: the green heart of the Maremma

  It would be unforgivable to visit the pretty hilltop town of Capalbio and not bask in the sunbathed vineyards that comprise Monteverro’s verdant estate.   Picturesque towns, spellbinding views ...

ART + CULTURE

Art for urban regeneration in Prato

Prato’s Macrolotto Zero, initially an urban industrial area and now one with a great concentration of Chinese immigrant workers, is the site of Rigenerazione Pop, a project to promote safety ...

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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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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