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Tuscany

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A Day in Livorno

“I will tell you what our stay is like. Very well, as far as board and lodging is concerned; what disturbs me a bit is the noise. We live in ...

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Love, Marriage….. and Serenity, too?

The results of a recent survey revealed that having a family is at the top of young Tuscans’ wish list. The survey was conducted on students between the ages of 13 and 19. Out of 10,000 subjects questioned, 21% claimed creating their own family was the most important

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Tuscanys Entrepreneurs Going Strong

The number of new registrations with Chamber of Commerce increases. It appears that the tough economic situation in Italy these days has not stopped new entrepreneurs in Tuscany. According to the Chamber of Commerce, 5,933 new enrolments were made in the period between July and September, equalling a growth

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Boccaccios House For Sale

The home of “The Decameron” author, Giovanni Boccaccio, may soon be up for sale according to local officials. The house, which is located in the Tuscan hill town of Certaldo and is today a museum visited by over 15,000 people each year, will most probably be acquired

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Tuscan Wines Make Spectators Top Ten List

Just two Italian wines, both from the Tuscan region, made it on to Wine Spectator’s Top Ten list for 2005. Oreno 2003, Setteponti ( fifth place) and Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all’Oro Riserva 1999, Castello Banfi (eighth place) were the two chosen wines. The Wine Spectator list

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Prisoners Take to the Catwalk

Six detainees at the Don Bosco Prison in Pisa held a fashion show on November 7 to present the new line “Bello Dentro”(Beautiful Inside), which was designed, sewn, and modelled entirely by the female prisoners.

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Tuscan Hospital Swamped with Requests for Abortion Pill

As soon as news was released that an experiment using the abortion pill RU486 was underway at a hospital in the Tuscan town of Pontedera, calls requesting information about the pill, as well as requests for the pill itself, have been coming in from all over the country. Although RU486

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Million Euro Meat Mountain

Five hundred packages of meat products worth 13 thousand euros were sequestered last week by the Italian food and drug safety agency NAS due to twelve infractions of new health regulations. All violations were regarding the correct application of the new labelling criteria, mandatory in Italy since the middle of

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New York Peaks into Tuscan Windows

Ten top designers interpret “the Tuscan home” and the region’s architectural traditions.  From November 7 to 18, the city that never sleeps is hosting ten prototypes developed by Italians and carried out by specialists in traditional Tuscan furniture and interior design. The result will be

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Back to the future

It is no secret that Italians are leaving bigger cities in search of a slower paced rural lifestyle. The current revival of small towns throughout Italy is allowing people to rediscover the beauty and  benefits of a more simple and traditional way of living. Tourism is also following the

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The spa experience: Tuscany’s answer to good health

Tuscany is full of natural hot springs or ‘terme,’ many of which date from Roman or even Etruscan times and whose waters, originating from deep within the earth’s crust, have long been associated with curative properties. Each individual spring has a different make up in terms

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Proceeds from famed Tuscan red sale to help restore church

For the first time in Italy, a wine auction has been organized exclusively with over 500 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino, and  the prestigious Tuscan red is up for bids. The Florence-based Pandolfini Auction House will raise funds for the restoration of the Chiesa di Santa Croce, one

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Ticket Checking Gets Tighter at Florence and Pisa Train Stations

New inspectors in red uniforms are now checking passenger’s tickets at the Pisa train station and the Santa Maria Novella station in Florence, even before riders board their trains. The controllers only patrol the stations, not the trains themselves, in order not to impede the work of the

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Etruscan Necropolis Discovered Near Cortona

The remains of several Etruscan tombs and other structural complexes that date back to the 7th century BCE were recently discovered at the Archaeological Park of Cortona, south of Arezzo. About 100 objects, including urns, bowls, spears and a skeleton, were found inside the structures. The discovery will shed significant

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A quiet day in the mountains

Ineeded a break.  From what, I’m not sure.  It wasn’t work; I had just spent 3 weeks at the sea.  Actually, I needed some hard, tough, exercise.  Plus some solitude.  Something that only comes from being in the mountains, and mountains

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A day in Pistoia

“You live in Pistoia, how quaint” was the response of  a friend from Florence when I told him about my place of residence.  His reply pretty well sums up the ...

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Beaches Free of Private Eyes

After much criticism, local officials of the Tuscan beach resort town of Forte dei Marmi have decided to cancel plans to hire private officers to patrol beaches for vendors selling illegal goods. Upon assurances from the local police that forces were being increased to better control illegal beach activities, City

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94 New AIDS Cases in Tuscany

According to a study by Anlaids (National Association for the Fight Against AIDS), there were 94 new AIDS cases reported in Tuscany in 2004.  Of these cases, 12 of the infected were drug addicts, 19 ex-drug addicts, 26 heterosexuals, and 28 homosexuals. This is a notable reduction from

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More Gelato Made, More Gelato Eaten

In a new trend, artisan gelato shops continue to open in Tuscany and Florence, making the area the seventh highest region for ice-cream production. As a result, gelato consumption among Florentines has also risen to about 12 kilograms per year. Cream, chocolate and fiordilatte are the favourite flavours. Many

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Tuscany is Top Pick for Tourists

The majority of tour operators questioned in a survey by ISNART (National Tourism Research Institute) reported that Tuscany is the preferred destination of tourists. Of the 2,875 operators (2,500 European and 275 American) who participated in the survey, Italy was definitely the top country destination choice, and within

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The Invasion of the Jellyfish

The sea along the coast of Tuscany was invaded by hundreds jellyfish last week. Though the occurrence is rare and can be bothersome to swimmers, biologists point out that this is also a sign of cleaner waters. Two kinds of jellyfish have been spotted. The Rizostoma Pulmo, with its mushroom

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Tuscan Students Go to Pot

Tuscany has the highest percentage of students who regularly use marijuana, according to a recent survey by CNR (National Research Centre). 35.6 percent say they smoke the drug on a regular basis, while on average, about 30 percent claim the same in the rest of Italy. The results emerged

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Actor Slays Lobster on Stage

Spanish actor Rodrigo Garcia was reported to police for his mistreatment and killing of a lobster during his performance at the Contemporanea Festival held in Prato last week. Organisers responded by stating that they did not feel the necessity to censor the piece. They expressed regret that viewers left the

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San Gimignano celebrates its mediaeval past

Once again this June, San Gimignano – famous for its lofty towers and picturesque streets and squares – celebrates the “Ferie delle Messi,” a pageant that dates back to 1255. This traditional fertility festival features street music, theatre and markets, a costume parade and jousting – a full

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