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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 ...

THINGS TO DO

Where to ring in 2018 in Florence and surrounding areas

Florence and Tuscany are all lit up for the height of the holiday season, with mulled wine still being sipped at the markets for a few more days. As busy as ...

FOOD + WINE

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.

FOOD + WINE

Contemporary cantine: Capalbio è vino

You’d be forgiven for never having heard of Capalbio. Until now, that is. 45 kilometres southeast of Grosseto and just 10 minutes from the Lazio border, earliest records of this ...

FOOD + WINE

Chianti Colli Fiorentini: Florence’s frontline

Welcome to Florence’s frontline, to the bucolic, bijou and family-run wineries that comprise Chianti Colli Fiorentini.

COMMUNITY

When a Kennedy came to town

Once a wild and foreboding place, Manciano is on its way to becoming southern Tuscany’s hottest postcode and the locals are anything but starstruck. It all started with Caroline Kennedy. The ...

ART + CULTURE

Pontedera remembers futurism and speed

The impact of speed in revolutionising transport and shaping Italian futuristic art has been brought to life in two new exhibitions in Pontedera.

ART + CULTURE

Blowing trumpets

It’s now the season when we look back at the year come to pass, at its ups and downs, our personal growth and our setbacks. And 2016 is shaping up ...

FOOD + WINE

2017 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 2017 Michelin-starred restaurants in ...

THINGS TO DO

6 peaceful hotels in Tuscany

Florence is a vibrant, dynamic city – that’s one of the reasons we love it so much. But sometimes it’s good to get away, to pack a bag and leave ...

ART + CULTURE

A disappearing craft in Io, Il Pupo

Known simply as ‘Il Pupo’, Aulo Grandoli has spent his life working as an alabastraio in Volterra. He is 84 years old. Someone who has known him for a number ...

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.

NEWS

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 ...

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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

NEWS

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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