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Tuscany

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Siena, city of colour

Siena has a more insular and less forthcoming atmosphere than Florence – but it’s one you definitely should get to know. If you have little time to spend in the city, use it wisely by wandering the steep and twisting streets, viewing the numerous palazzi, the Duomo, the

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Giambologna stopped at Grassina

Do you think of Grassina the way I used to think of Grassina? As a place you drive through on through on the way to Chianti but which is otherwise unworthy of consideration? How wrong I was! Grassina hides an architectural gem. The next time you’re there, turn

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A Bilingual Eye on Hidden Tuscany

The recently published book ‘Natura e Vedute in Toscana’, is a collection of vistas of beautiful and lesser known landscapes in Tuscany shot by photographer Alfonso Carpentieri. Organized into five chapters, each with five different theme ranging from sea, to woods to Val d’Orcia and the &

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Prized Oil Producers Find President

The Consortium of Chianti Classical Oil DOP has nominated its new president. Sienese Carlo Salvadori, currently director of the Social Coop Agricoltori del Chainti Georgrafico, takes his place along-side vice-President Francesco Daddi. The consortium, founded in 2001, represents 260 olive growers in the region, as well as 100

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Not So Secret Police: Moscow Follows Tuscan Footsteps

In a programme sponsored by the European Commission and European Council, a Russian delegation visited the municipal police in Florence and Prato. In efforts to create the first local police force in Russia’s history, their aim is to adopt the Tuscan model for municipal and provincial police forces.&

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A Glimpse Into the Future

According to the latest estimates by IRPET (Institute for the Economic Programming of Tuscany) by 2023, Tuscany will most probably be host to over 400,000 foreign residents. Today, these numbers barely surpass 200,000. This would be the equivalent of 12% of the total population, thus sharply changing the

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Green Power Makes Jobs Grow in Tuscany

Tuscany’s Green Party kicked off its election campaign on February 16, the anniversary of the Kyoto agreement, with a big push for the region to convert to renewable energy sources. The party claims that changing over to energy production from alternative sources such as solar and geothermal would

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Peace, Politics, and Paper-mache

Most people are familiar with the masked revellers at the Carnevale in Venice, but another truly fantastic celebration ofCarneVa (literally meaning the “meat goes”) is held each year in the Tuscan coastal city of Viareggio. Here the stars of the show are the spectacular papier-mâch&

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Good Swill Hunting

Proverbial wisdom about early birds catching worms doesn’t apply to boar. I am used to fox hunting in the US, where you have to be ready to go at dawn. Not so with boar hunting; at nine am the hunters were just starting to arrive.    The

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Tuscan Airports Revisited

A plan has been presented by regional officials to optimise the airports of Tuscany. If accepted, Pisa Airport would become the hub for intercontinental flights, Florence for business, and Siena and Grosseto Airports improved and enlarged. Major works have already begun on Florence’s Peretola Airport, which is set

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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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