Tuscan Kale soup and other ways to enjoy Tuscan black kale

Tuscan kale soup, or ‘Ribollita‘ as it’s called in Tuscany, is a favourite winter soup. If you’re visiting this part of the world in winter, make like a local and order yourself a bowl. It’s as much a part of the Tuscan heritage as Michelangelo or Dante. So if you’ve always wanted to know what goes into… Read more »

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3 scenic drives in Tuscany, Italy

Here we whisk you away on three scenic drives in Tuscany. Take it slowly, pack the camera, and meander your way through stunning panoramas and picture perfect views. And believe us, you’ll take a lot of pictures. For best results start early in the morning to enjoy the magical light. Late afternoon is good too, so be prepared catch a view of… Read more »

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3 Medieval hilltop towns in Tuscany, Italy – San Gimignano and more

Medieval hilltop towns are a regular feature of the landscape in Tuscany. Some say its most defining one. With their fortified walls, towers and stone streets, these towns are so well preserved that they give visitors the impression they’re travelling back in time. None more so than in San Gimignano, Certaldo and Monteriggioni. Here you are in for a full immersion in the Medieval… Read more »

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Top things to do in Siena in 2017

Siena is without doubt one of Tuscany‘s highlights. With its atmospheric Medieval streets and squares, the stunning Piazza del Campo and Cathedral, it’s one of Tuscany’s favourite destinations. Here we take a look at the top things to do in Siena in 2017; sights and experiences that should be included in every traveller’s itinerary this year. Siena Cathedral –… Read more »

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Top things to do in Florence in 2017

The top things to do in Florence in 2017 include new and revamped museums, old palaces to explore, and plenty of surprises for food and fashion lovers. Florence is a city of timeless beauty and iconic sights, but never seems to take itself for granted. Last year was a busy and thrilling year for the city. The… Read more »

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Botticelli Map of Hell – Explore Dante’s Inferno Drawings

The Botticelli Map of Hell has appeared in a novel by Dan Brown, and in a recent documentary. This has captured the imagination of the public, so here we take a closer look at these extraordinary drawings and the artists behind the story. Botticelli and Dante are linked by a thread that runs though history. As a… Read more »

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Valentines Day in Florence, Italy

Valentines Day in Florence? What a proposal. Florence and romance go hand in hand, and this makes the city a red hot favourite for Valentines Day visits. Here are a few ideas on what to do on the most loved-up day of the year. From spectacular panoramic views to famously romantic spots. View from Piazzale Michelangelo. The ultimate… Read more »

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The life and loves of Cosimo de’ Medici – Father of Florence

Cosimo de’ Medici has recently risen from the history books, taking his place on the silver screen in the form of actor Richard Madden. The series Medici: Masters of Florence gives us a rare insight into this complex and fascinating character, and the people that lived in his orbit. Here we show you a character profile of the… Read more »

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Top things to do in Tuscany in 2017

Here’s our list of top things to do in Tuscany in 2017. Discover unknown treasures, revamped iconic museums and bewitchingly beautiful countryside. Tuscany is a timeless classic in any Italian itinerary, and certain destinations like Florence or Siena are always top choices for travellers. But there’s a lot more to Tuscany than these famous sights,… Read more »

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8 good reasons to visit Pistoia Italian Capital of Culture 2017

Pistoia has won the title of Italian Capital of Culture for 2017. The announcement has generated a lot of excitement, heightened by the fact that the Lonely Planet has declared Pistoia one of the 10 top cities to visit this year. What is so special about this town at the foot of the Appennines? Pistoia… Read more »

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