Tag: Tuscany

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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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Bracelets say S

In a very competitive race to secure votes for the upcoming referendum regarding the possible expansion of artificial insemination and embryonic cell research laws, both sides have been investing in expensive advertising campaigns. The Tuscan campaign in favour of the referendum recently distributed 10,000 blue bracelets with the word &

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Cinque Terre

1. Monterosso 2. Vernazza 3. Corniglia 4. Manarola 5. Riomaggiore   There are those who will testify, cursing certain guidebook writers in the same breath, that not long ago Cinque Terre was a secluded haven known only to Italians and few other Europeans. The five villages, as the tale goes,

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Viagra Big in Tuscany

Second only to Lazio, Tuscany’s Viagra consumption soars. In 2003, the number-one Viagra-consuming city in Italy was Pistoia, with a rate of 622 pills for every 1,000 men above the age of 40. Tuscany also claims 5 of the other top 10 Viagra-consuming cities.

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Things to do in Lucca

There is nowhere quite like Lucca, the charming, quiet Tuscan town which Henry James described in 1909 as ?overflowing with everything that makes for ease, for plenty, for beauty.? It is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Florence, and given its close proximity, also a perfect day

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June in tuscany

June is a magical month in Tuscany.  The nights are alive with a thousand noises, lights, and scents.  This atmosphere is well caught in the Pfeiffer-Everett film of A Midsummer Night?s Dream, shot in Italy.  June is the month of midsummer, when Tuscan days are

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Tuscans Tip Scales

Just over 30% of Tuscany’s population is overweight and 8% fall into the category of obese. For women, the most at-risk group are those aged around 40, with children, belonging to the middle class, and with a medium-high level of education. For men, however, those at

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Work-Related Mortalities Reach Alarming Rate

According to most recent statistics, Tuscany has an average of 1 work-related death every 3 days. Thus far in 2005 there have been 31 work-related deaths. In 2004, Tuscany registered 99 work-related deaths for the entire year.

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Carrara

The sculpture of David by Michelangelo is globally recognized as one of the finest pieces of Renaissance art in existence. Once a metaphor for the invigorated and developing Florentine Republic, youthful, defiant, and brave, Il Gigante ‘The Giant’ as it was known by Renaissance contemporaries, has in modern

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General Strike in Tuscany June 22

A general strike has been called by union leaders for all workers in Tuscany in an attempt to draw attention to the numerous work-related injuries that have been recorded recently in the region. Regional President Claudio Martini has stated that the local government is looking into creating stricter safety

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Bronze Age Statues Revealed

Four statues dating back 5,000 years were discovered last week near the town of Groppoli di Mulazzo, in the north-western Tuscan hill region of Lunigiana. The uncovered sandstone, bas-relief statues depict women and men armed with daggers.

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Illegal Work Decreases in Tuscany

The Italian Tax Bureau (INPS) caught 6,886 people who worked without paying taxes in 2002, but estimates are that total numbers reach as high as 22,000. Though still high, these numbers demonstrate a decrease of 10% since 1995 in “under the table” work agreements. Tuscany also

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May in Tuscany

Bright and early on a May morning, somewhere in the Tuscan countryside, a little band of children is gathering. Along the country lanes, they knock at the door of every farmhouse and stand and sing their repertoire of May-time songs, all about cuckoos and spring flowers and boys and

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Tuscany region president meets with U.S. Ambassador

In the face of a serious economic crisis for Tuscany and Italy, President Martini and Ambassador Sembler met last week to discuss Tuscan – U.S. relations and the numbers of American visitors to the Tuscany region.   In Florence alone, universities host six thousand students each year. The total

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Fa la cosa giusta!

“Fa’ la cosa giusta!” is a new guidebook to critical consumption within the Tuscany Region. A detailed list of about 200 shops and organizations has been collected in this guide ...

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History of Tuscany Online

A comprehensive encyclopedia covering everything on the history of Tuscany is now available on the Internet. Two main sections cover the region’s history as well as Tuscany’s direct influence throughout the rest of Europe. To take a look at this impressive archive go to www.toecana-

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The fabric of a Tuscan town

Tucked away on Tuscany’s eastern border with Umbria, an 11th-century town drapes itself eloquently over a steep hilltop. Far flung on the Tuscan map from the well-trodden tourist haunts of ...

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The Palio problem in Siena

For most of the Divine Comedy, the pilgrim Dante trots after the Roman poet Virgil, who solemnly responds to his wide-eyed questioning. A similar dynamic was at work when I ...

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