See the Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester at the Uffizi in Florence

This October 2018 is a special time for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. One of Leonardo’s manuscripts, the Codex Leicester will be coming back to Italy next year. The precious codex is currently owned by American multibillionaire Bill Gates who will lend it to the Uffizi, where it will be shown as part of an exhibition… Read more »

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6 good reasons to travel to Tuscany in autumn

Tuscany puts on a very special show in autumn. The countryside is alive with red and yellow colours, porcini mushrooms make an appearance on the menus, and the city afternoons are bathed in golden light. This really is one of the most relaxing and rewarding moments to travel here. See autumn’s colours in the Tuscan… Read more »

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Why we love Pietrasanta, Italy’s ‘Little Athens’

If you’re spending your holidays at the Versilia resorts in Tuscany, Italy, a trip to the town of Pietrasanta could be the perfect way to enhance your Summer holiday. We recently visited Pietrasanta and fell in love with its pretty streets and squares dotted with sculptures. Pietrasanta, the little ‘Athens of Italy’, between the sea… Read more »

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8 Things to do in Lucca – Enjoy lovely Lucca

Discover 8 great things to do in Lucca. Climb an ancient tower, pay a visit to the legendary Volto Santo, try the traditional buccellato cake and follow in the footsteps of Giacomo Puccini. These are just some of the things that await you in Lucca, a welcoming and delightful town protected by impressive city walls…. Read more »

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Chianti Wine Festivals in September 2018

September is the most intoxicating month in the Chianti region. While the vines are heavy with ripe grapes and the farmers are getting ready for the harvest, all around the region the air is filled with sweet smells and a festive feel for the annual “vendemmia“. Every year the Chianti put a lot of effort… Read more »

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September in Florence. Events, festivals and more!

September in Florence is a joy. As the month that rounds off the Summer, it brings balmy days, plenty of sunshine and deliciously cool evenings. It’s also the time of the vendemmia, or grape harvest, when Florence celebrates the new wine with its very own festival. It’s a time for taking long relaxing walks along… Read more »

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3 Special trip ideas around Tuscany in September

September is a perfect time to visit Tuscany. The heat of the summer has eased off, the farmers are busy with the grape harvest, and the countryside invites you to explore its wonders. The towns are filled with traditional events like the Luminara in Lucca and the Rificolona in Florence. It’s the perfect time to… Read more »

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My secret Florence – Hidden gems in the city of the Renaissance

Florence is full of hidden gems. Special squares, local restaurants, and authentic markets that’ll give you a glimpse of the real Florence. These are places that aren’t on the well-trodden tourist trail, and are all the more memorable because of it. After years spent exploring the city’s many secret wonders, I have a list of… Read more »

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3 Magical places in the midst of the Chianti vineyards

As you drive around the Chianti, you can’t help but be enchanted by its landscapes. Thick woods, olive trees, the hills that seem to frame each astounding view. And of course the vineyards, those perfectly combed rows of vines, that are the life force of these lands. Vines that produce some of the most famous… Read more »

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Things to do in Tuscany in September – Harvests to Wine Festivals

There are plenty of things to do in September in Tuscany. The summer is coming to an end, the temperatures aren’t as scorching and Tuscany is getting ready for autumn and the new wines. The light is softer and the atmosphere relaxing. Could this be the perfect time to visit Tuscany? Vendemmia – Try your… Read more »

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