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Success for Chianti wines from Mugello

February 3, 2011 by Lourdes Flores

Chianti wines from the Chianti Rufina DOC area around the town of Dicomano in Mugello met with great success at a recent presentation at Gross Umstadt, Dicomano’s sister city in Germany.

Both Fattoria il Lago and Frascole, two local wineries from Dicomano, went to Gross Umstadt to present six wines on a special dinner organized at a well-known city restaurant to promote the wines from Dicomano as well as other gastronomic products such as cheese and olive oil. The wines presented during the evening were: Chianti Rufina (Frascole and Il Lago), Chianti Riserva (Il Lago and Frascole), Venia (Frascole) and Vin Santo (Il Lago).

Each of the six wines were paired with Tuscan dishes especially prepared for the evening and tasting notes were presented by Enrico Lippi and Filippo Spagnoli, members of the two family-owned wineries. The public included wine producers from Gross Umstadt (famous for its own production of Riesling wine) as well as the mayor Joachim Ruppert expressed appreciation for the wines as well as the tasting notes by Lippi and Spagnoli.

Vasari Corridor Will Reopen Again

January 25, 2011 by Lourdes Flores

Last year, local officials had announced the Vasari Corridor was closing for restoration, then in April we had the good news that it would continue to be open for a few more months. Tickets were very quickly sold out. Due to the popular demand, the Corridor was once again open from September until December 2010.

Several people have posted on our forum asking whether tickets were still available or whether the period was going to be extended. Restoration has yet to start, so once again we have some good news! The superintending body over the corridor has announced that it will be re-open from February 2 to April 15th, with 6 visits per week. You have to call Firenze Musei to book your visit at +39-055-294-883 (don’t worry, they do speak English).  The guided visit is in Italian but the guides when possible try to accommodation foreign language speakers. There will be two visits on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and two on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets include entrance into the Uffizi Gallery and cost € 10,50 until March 7th, then the costs will rise to € 14 after from March 8 since an exhibition called “Figures, memories, space. Drawings from Fra Angelico to Leonardo” will open in the Uffizi Gallery. Remember to call and reserve your visit today!

Antiques Markets & Exhibitions this Weekend in Tuscany

January 20, 2011 by Cristina Romeo

During the past few days, Tuscany has enjoyed an amazing climate: high temperatures reached about 15°C (59 °F) and it seemed to already be spring time!
But it’s still January and over the next few days, the weather forecast predicts a heavy fall in temperatures. Anyway, the weekend is almost here and it’s rich of interesting events in which to take part of.

To prompt our blog readers to get out of the warmth of their homes or rooms, here are some of the most interesting events in Tuscany and Florence we recommend this weekend:

Antiques Markets:

- In Viareggio (Lucca) throughout the weekend, January 22 and 23, visit “Il Tarlo al Mare”, an antiques markets organized every month in Piazza Campioni.

- Prato on January 23 awaits all antiques-lovers and collectors at the market “Collezionare in Piazza”, organized in Piazza San Francesco.

- On Sunday 23, the street of the historical center of Montevarchi will be filled with the stands of the market called “Mercato di Via dei Musei” offering antiques, collector’s items and handicrafts.

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New Year’s Celebrations in Florence and Tuscany

December 27, 2010 by Valentina

Here we are. The countdown for toasting the new year, 2011, has started. Florence has prepared several events for all those wishing to celebrate in the city’s main squares. These are the main events and squares:

Piazza Santa Maria Novella:
In front of the Santa Maria Novella train station will be the main concert of the Italian band Elio e Le Storie Tese which will start around 11.45 pm. Before, at 9.15pm, there will be two Florentine bands, Ganzi and Hacienda. Then from 1.45 am there will be a DJ set with Lorelei, Pulse and Gianpaolo D’Amico.

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Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2010 by Lourdes Flores

In Florence for the Holidays

December 21, 2010 by Lourdes Flores

If you’re in Florence for the holidays and want to know what is going on during this time aside from the Christmas markets all over Florence and Tuscany, here are some useful ideas that will help you better plan your days.

First, if you or your children would love to spend some fun time outdoors during this time, head to the ice skating rink at the “Parterre” in Piazza della Libertà which will be open everyday up until January 9.

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The Weekend before Christmas in Tuscany

December 16, 2010 by Valentina

christmas in florence

Here we are, the last weekend before Christmas. Bells are ringing and weather forecasts predict snow… what better way to say Christmas than this? ;) Joking aside, here are the main events in Tuscany for this third weekend of December if you’re fine with covering up well to deal with the low temps around here at the moment.

Florence:

On Saturday and Sunday, December 18th and 19th, you can head over to Piazza Santissima Annunziata to the Arts&Crafts market. There will be several craftsmen showing their works, you might find something interesting for a gifts or two.

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Florence Holiday Restaurant Reservations

December 14, 2010 by Lourdes Flores

Traveling and eating out during the holiday period can be tricky as Italians themselves want to spend the main holidays with their families. There are many restaurants that will be open on the 24th and for lunch on the 25th as well as for New Year’s Eve (most restaurants offer a single “cenone” dinner at a fixed price and lasts well past the midnight toast. We recommend you make your restaurant reservations as soon as you can if you already know you’ll be here and dining out on those days, especially for New Year’s Eve.

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Christmas and sweets for the Weekend

December 10, 2010 by Valentina

piazza santa croce florence

It’s almost mid-December but it’s still warm. After a couple of freezing days we came back to mild, gray weather. So let’s see the main events for this second weekend of December:

Florence:

This weekend, head to the German Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce, open every day from 10am to 8pm. Then visit Florence Noel at the Leopolda Station until Sunday.
In Piazza Santo Spirito on Sunday December 12th there will be the monthly arts and crafts market, while within walking distance in Piazza Tasso, at the Ex-Leopoldine Mercanatale, you’ll find a market of local farmers selling only organic products.

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Good and bad news about Tuscany

December 9, 2010 by Valentina

duomo in massa marittima

Here we are again with good and bad news about Tuscany taken from famous international and Italian newspapers and blogs. These are the best articles of last week:

Tuscany means agriturismo – A recent study by Toprural, specialized in country/rural tourism, revealed that 3 Italians on 10 think that farmhouse is synonymous of Tuscany. About 30% of rural  tourists come to Tuscany for spending a green and relaxing holiday. After Tuscany comes Sicily with 9% of rural visitors. :D

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