7 Good Reasons to visit the Chianti, Italy

The Chianti area stretches between Florence and Siena – in central Italy – comprising around 12 thousand square kms of natural beauty and imbued with a true sense of tradition. Rolling hills, endless vineyards, beautifully kept olive groves, woods, ancient castles, charming farmhouses and villas. In the Chianti the good life is an everyday thing,… Read more »

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5 Italian dishes to melt your heart

I’ve lived in Italy for a while now. When I first arrived I didn’t know my mozzarella from my mortadella, but now my tastes have come of age and I’m just as fussy as any Italian when it comes to what’s on the plate in front of me. So I thought I’d let you in… Read more »

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Botticelli – 10 curious facts about the Man and the Artist

Sandro Botticelli is the famous Italian Renaissance painter, made immortal by works like the “Birth of Venus” and “Allegory of Spring”. He was born in Florence around 1445, and here he spent most of his life, as it was the flourishing cultural hub that of the time. Here we uncover a few stories about the… Read more »

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Top springtime destinations in Tuscany

Springtime in Tuscany is heavenly. Ideal temperatures. Longer days. The fields and trees showing off their new colours. The squares filling with al fresco diners. It’s the place to be at this time of year. But which are the top destinations? Here are our suggestions. A few insider tips on top places to go in Tuscany in spring…. Read more »

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Was “Medici: the Magnificent” shot in Florence?

If you’ve watched the second series of the Medici, you might be wondering if you can see any of those locations next time you come to Florence. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but it turns out that most of the scenes set in Florence were shot somewhere else. But that doesn’t mean you can’t see… Read more »

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Best time to visit Florence

The best time to visit Florence really depends on what you’re looking for. If you don’t fancy crowds, and you’re after a more intimate experience in this fascinating city, the best months to visit Florence are November, February, and March – being the cheapest and less crowded period. If you want warm, mild temperatures, and… Read more »

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Top 10 things to do in Florence in 2019

Deciding on the top 10 things to do in Florence is no easy task. But we’ve whittled down our long list to give you what we think are the top highlights for a visitor this year. Meet Lorenzo the Magnificent, celebrate the life of Da Vinci, visit Botticelli in his new room at the Uffizi… Read more »

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Florence in February. Art, sweet treats, best shopping

Could February be the perfect time to visit Florence? We can give you lots of reasons why we love the city of the Renaissance in February. The queues shorten, Carnival is in the air, and some irresistible treats appear in the bakery windows. Plus, winter suits Florence well. What’s better than walking the quiet back… Read more »

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Medici the Magnificent. Fact and Fiction in the TV series

While the first series of Medici wasn’t that historically accurate, the second series “Medici: the Magnificent” is much more faithful to the truth of what really happened. It’s set during a particularly complex and turbulent period in Italy’s past, at a time when the Florentine republic was effectively ruled by the Medici. It was a… Read more »

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Tuscany in February. All the magic, none of the crowds

Tuscany in February has more going for it than you might think. The Christmas holidays are already a faint memory. The air is crisp and cold, and carries with it the promise of snow. Days are shorter but they are also quieter. Could it be the perfect time for a trip to Tuscany? Tuscany without crowds… Read more »

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