The Tufa towns – A bewitching sight in the Maremma, Tuscany

On our recent tour of the Maremma, we fell in love with Pitigliano and its little sisters Sorano and Sovana, the so-called “tufa towns”. Among the most mesmerising sights in the Maremma, these small towns seem to grow out of the rock itself and linger n the memory long after you’ve left. Watching the sun… Read more »

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Seven fairytale places in Tuscany

Tuscany has its fair share of magical places. Bewitching landscapes, intriguing stories and fantastical legends are around every corner.  It’s a land of hidden gems, with hilltop towns that seem to sit atop clouds, mysterious grottos, ancient buildings and castles. Little wonder it has inspired so many artists, poets and saints throughout the centuries. Here we… Read more »

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A trip up to Colonnata, the town of marble and lardo

Ok, maybe lardo isn’t the first thing you think of eating when its 30 degrees outside. But here I am, in Colonnata, on a boiling Summer afternoon, with a massive roll in my hand, stuffed with lardo. And I can tell you, it tastes like a very good idea indeed. Driving up to Colonnata is… Read more »

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Things we love to do in Cortona, Italy

Cortona is one the most popular hilltop towns in Tuscany, Italy. From its verdant hill, it watches over the Val di Chiana valley like an ancient guardian. It’s a fascinating place, with picturesque narrow lanes, spectacular views and huge protective walls built by the Etruscans.  Here’s a list of our personal favourite things to do in… Read more »

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Travel back in time in Tuscany

It’s easy to time travel in Tuscany. From the medieval lanes of Siena to the towered citadel of San Gimignano. From the pretty jewel that is Certaldo Alto to the walled town of Monteriggioni. These are places where history is so perfectly preserved that you half expect to see a knight on horseback round every… Read more »

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Rificolona Festival, Florence paper lanterns festival in September

Every year on the evening of the 7th of September, the streets of Florence are alight with hundreds of colourful paper lanterns. This is the Rificolona Festival, a traditional celebration that sees kids parade through the city centre their rificolone, or paper lanterns. The main parade starts at 8:15 pm in Piazza Santa Felicita and ends in… Read more »

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Contessina de’ Bardi, loyal wife of Cosimo de’ Medici

Contessina de Bardi, the wife of Cosimo de’ Medici, has became a celebrity thanks the Netflix series “Medici Masters of Florence”. The beautiful and talented Annabel Scholey brings to life this strong woman character who was very involved in her husband’s political life. But is it true that women had such a role in 15th… Read more »

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