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November 22, 2010 by Valentina


Good and bad news in and about Tuscany

We have decided to start a new blog’s column, if we can call it this way. Every week we’ll collect the most interesting articles about Tuscany and its cities and regions. News telling about its excellence and about its worst. The following are the main articles and news about Tuscany of the past weeks:

Chianti Waste-Less – Florentine Chianti municipalities -  Barberino Val d’Elsa, Greve in Chianti, San Casciano and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, will start producing less waste following a revolutionary project. The municipalities will provide restaurants, offices, shops, accommodations, as well as events and fairs with a “waste-less” logo in order to promote their green attitude. They will also promote a healthier and greener lifestyle for citizens, as well as the re-use of packaging and the construction of new salvage centers. :)

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Wine and Food Tastings in Tuscany

November 19, 2010 by Valentina

chocolate fair tuscany

Hoping that the weather will be mild and won’t rain, these are the main events in Florence and across Tuscany for this upcoming weekend of November.


This weekend will finish Food and Wine Biennial 2010. The main event will be Florence Wine Event 2010 from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st November in the Ammannati Courtyard inside Palazzo Pitti. It’s an important appointment for wine lovers that will taste wine and oils purchasing the “tastings kit”, that includes a drink card, the goblet and a brochure.

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In Tuscany, Tastings & Local Craftsmanship

November 11, 2010 by Valentina

tuscany olive oil

As I wrote last week, November is the rainiest month in Tuscany. This week I almost thought I would have become a mermaid ;) .  It luckily seems that the weather will be better during the weekend but unfortunately it’s not predictable. Here you have a selection of the main events in Florence and Tuscany.

Tastings and typical products:

In Florence there is the Food and Wine Biennial 2010 and from Friday to Saturday there will be the Market of Flavors and Crafts in Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Strozzi from 9am to 8pm. There will also be the “Cantine del Leone”, free wine and oil tastings in several wineries of Chianti Colli Fiorentini. Read more »

Florens 2010

November 9, 2010 by Valentina

david on the duomo

From November 12th to 20th Florence will be the cultural heritage and landscape capital of the world for the first edition of Florens 2010. The city will be a global lab of art, culture and economy for eight days with an international forum, many meetings, exhibits and events. Read More »

Weekend of tastings in Florence and Tuscany

November 5, 2010 by Valentina

Tuscan cheese

Last week we turned back the clock and now at 6.00 pm it is already dark. For me, November is the gloomiest month of the year, because it’s cold, the days are short and you don’t yet feel the holidays as in December. Luckily, in November there are many fairs and food festivals to cheer me up :) .

On November 6th in Florence the Food and Wine Biennial 2010 will begin and last until November 22nd. On Sunday November 7th there will be Sweet Temptations where you can taste sweet wines as typical vinsanto together with typical cakes and cookies. In Piazza Santissima Annunziata there will be the nice and interesting Fair of Shepherds and Wool. There will be the exhibition of sheep and bovines, as well as organic food and wool. Read more »

Food and Wine Biennial in Florence

November 2, 2010 by Valentina

peposo all'imprunetina

From November 6th to 22nd, Florence will host the 2nd edition of the successful Food and Wine Biennial. The festival will include lots of events related to tasting typical and traditional flavors of Florence and its surroundings. There will be thematic itineraries, special dinners and parties, food and wine tastings, food markets and much, much more. Read more »

Visit an Unusual Florence

October 29, 2010 by Valentina


Since last week and going on through December 7, an extraordinary program of guided visits in the historical center and more will let you discover Firenze Insolita, or an “Unusual Florence“. The events will include concerts, guided tours and visits throughout the city letting you discover some of its lesser known treasures.

The program has been divided into four thematic parts, each one offering various events to give you a different perspective on the art, churches and monuments across the city. Read More »

Autumn Flavors: Truffles and Chestnuts

October 27, 2010 by Valentina

olives in tuscany

October will end soon and on Saturday night we will have to turn back the clock  to the solar time. This means that we will sleep one hour more :) but we’ll lose one hour of day light :( I recommend you take note and don’t forget to turn back your clock!

This last weekend in October is also the Halloween weekend. If you still don’t know what to do I recommend you read our suggestions for spending the Halloween weekend in Florence.

In Tuscany there are other events such as the last appointments with autumn and food festivals in Mugello. In addition in Barberino del Mugello from Saturday October 30th to Monday November 1st there will be the Market fair of black and white truffle. Read more »

An Autumn of Culture

October 24, 2010 by Lourdes Flores
Primavera by Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery

Botticelli's Primavera at the Uffizi Gallery

A fall project called “Tuesdays in Art” is offering special evening opening times including free entry into several large state museums in order to promote the knowledge of the large cultural patrimony Italy possesses to new audiences.

The special openings take place the evening of the last Tuesday of the month from now until December, from 7pm and 11pm. Take advantage this Tuesday, October 26th or on November 30th or December 28th.

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Creativity Weekend in Florence

October 22, 2010 by Valentina

Piazzale Michelangelo, carrara marble

Although the unpredictable weather is trying to make me feel sick ;) there are some interesting events on this third weekend in October.

In Mugello there will be the traditional Chestnuts Festival in Marradi, in Palazzuolo sul Senio there will be Festival of Marrone and other products coming from the woods. Even in Borgo San Lorenzo there will be the Chestnuts Festival, together with polenta and Florentine steak. In addition on Sunday October 24 there will take place a large market with any kind of products, from clothing to food. It will be from 8am to 6pm along the center of Borgo San Lorenzo.

In Florence there is the Creativity Festival 2010. It’ s a nice event celebrating creativity in its widest meaning. The festival is all around the city and has a full calendar of appointments. For example I suggest you go to Piazzale Michelangelo to take a picture to “Rock” a controversial marble installation. It’s signed by Italian contemporary artist Graziano Cecchini and features 400 tons of white Carrara marble framing the Duomo. I also recommend you wander around Florence discovering this great event.

Hoping it won’t rain I wish you all a nice weekend!