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Tuscany

ART + CULTURE

Living and giving in Tuscany

Five years ago, Rita Richardson, a language teacher of Italian descent, and her husband Tim, who owns a consulting business in the United States, decided to fulfill their dream of ...

FOOD + WINE

Sabatini Gin: Spirit of Tuscany

With eight of the nine botanicals used for the production of Sabatini Gin coming straight from the gardens of the Sabatini family estate in Teccognano, near Cortona, and one coming ...

THINGS TO DO

Tuscan Fitness retreats and health holidays

Tuscan Fitness offers revitalising yoga retreats and health holidays in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Combining yoga, fitness training and hiking as well as delicious yet nutritious food, these ...

NEWS

Chianti celebrates

The Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico is marking 300 years of winemaking tradition in the famous Chianti territory.

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Seravezza Fotografia 2016

Now in its 13th year, the annual photography showcase Seravezza Fotografia returns to Seravezza (Lucca) this week.      Running from February 6 to May 1, the festival includes a ...

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Pistoia named 2017 Capital of Italian Culture

Pistoia is gearing up for great things in 2017.   The city was named Capital of Italian Culture for 2017, as announced recently by the minister of cultural heritage, Dario Franceschini. The ministry will allocate one million euro for a set of projects that Pistoia presented in its application for

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A new guide for Pontassieve

Covering topics as diverse as food, architecture and the possible meeting place of Dante and Beatrice, Pontassieve da Scoprire (Discover Pontassieve) is a new guide to the town, past and present. The guide contains some of the area’s most significant historical stories and legends, such as the meeting

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Prato sisters launch crowdfunding for new textile studio

Two sisters, Tessa and Arianna Moroder, both in their thirties, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds needed to purchase equipment for their new textile design workshop in Prato’s ...

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Pistoia Zoo welcomes newborn zebra

The Pistoia Zoo closed out 2015 on a celebratory note with the birth of a female zebra. In celebrating the birth, on December 30, the zoo called on visitors and friends to choose her name via its Facebook page. Besting the other two top contenders, Striscia (Stripe) and Zoe, the

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2015 a record-breaking year for Tuscan wine exports

Data from a recent Confagricultura Toscana report indicates that 2015 was a red-letter year for Tuscan wine exports, with a record turnover of 588 million euro, a 10.5 percent increase from 2014.   Confagricoltura Toscana’s representative for the wine sector, Francesco Colpizzi, commented, ‘these numbers

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Italian Ministry of Arts announces three-year investment plan

The Italian Ministry of Arts opened 2016 by announcing a three-year plan to invest 300 million euro in culture. Among those funds, 20 million euro has been allocated to support improvements and urgent restoration of several monuments throughout Tuscany.   Minister of cultural heritage, Dario Franceschini, explained that the

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Crossroads at Palazzo Blu

Teaming up with Tuscan English Academy, Pisa’s Palazzo Blu is launching Crossroads, a free series of lectures in English.   The program, which is designed to serve the international community and English-language learners, will be held monthly on Thursday evenings at 6pm in the Palazzo Blu Auditorium.

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New local transportation oversight in Tuscany

President of the Tuscan Region, Enrico Rossi, recently announced that Autolinee Toscana Spa has tentatively been selected to oversee local transportation in Tuscany.   The assignment is provisional: Tuscany’s regional traffic assessor Vincenzo Ceccarelli noted that finalising selection of the overseer, which typically maintains the role for 11

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San Gimignano’s Campatelli tower and house to reopen

  After five years and a nearly two million euro restoration, San Gimignano’s twelfth-century Campatelli tower and house will reopen to the public on April 15.   One of the ...

FOOD + WINE

2016 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 Tuscany’s 29 Michelin-starred ...

FOOD + WINE

2016 Michelin starred restaurants in Florence

Italian cuisine has long since been a world favourite, but in recent years chefs in Florence have been achieving a new level of culinary excellence. Here’s our guide to Florence’s six Michelin-starred restaurants: Enoteca Pinchiorri (3 stars), Il Palagio (1 star), Borgo San Jacopo (1

THINGS TO DO

The power of oil

In 2014, I arrived in Tuscany to produce a rare and delicious olive oil with my own hands. Traveling back through Tuscany’s agricultural history, to live and work like the old lavoratore. Picking olives in the fields of Serravalle Pistoiese the traditional way: rising with the sun, and

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Visionary Tuscany

Move over, Madonnas and Mannerists. Three exhibitions in Tuscany this winter pack an unusual punch, showcasing high-impact, modern images with thought-provoking themes. ph. Bettina Rheims PHOTOLUX FESTIVAL. International Biennial of Photography #LUCCA   Contrast is at the core of the Photolux Festival’s Eliade-esque theme this

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The pulse of Pistoia

    photos by Giulia Scarpaleggia  More of a one-stop shop than a square, Pistoia’s singular piazza della Sala is one of the most multifaceted in the region, and its ...

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Pratese winter solstice

photos by Cassie PrenaThis year, I’ve decided to broaden my Tuscan winter palate. Setting polenta and brodo aside, I’ve ventured into a bustling corner of Prato—Chinatown—in search of new yuletide ...

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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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Building The Tuscan Times Book Club

By now many of you will have heard about The Tuscan Times Book Club, which meets in Arezzo and in Cortona— and hopefully soon elsewhere. In Arezzo, we gather at none other than the elegant Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi, mentioned in my market article here. Director Lucio Misuri called

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The Tuscan veglia

Darkness descends on the Tuscan landscape as weary farmers make their way home, ever mindful of dangers both real and imaginary. Ahead, the light from a farmhouse window pierces the ...

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Modern-day pilgrims for a modern-day jubilee

In 1600, three million pilgrims descended on Rome for the Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Clement VIII. Among them were the members of the Compagnia di Santa Caterina in Fontebranda (Society of Saint Catherine in Fontebranda), who had set off for the holy city on the famous Via Francigena. This December

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