Author: Lourdes Flores

An American living in Florence for over 10 years, Lourdes continues to explore and discover new places in Tuscany with the eyes of a tourist but with the experience of living in Italy. She shares her experiences on this blog and website, particularly offering lots of travel planning help on the Forum!

Top Sagre in Tuscany this Fall

October 4, 2019

Fall in Tuscany means enjoying the products that nature gives us, and here this season it translates into truffles, extra virgin olive oil and chestnuts! This literally transforms into “food festivals” or as they are called in Italian, sagre, every weekend where one or all of the season’s products are highlighted, savored and sold. There…

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Salamarzana Medieval Fair in Fucecchio

September 2, 2019

September is a month with many events occurring every weekend, it will be hard to choose where to head off to. No matter when you’re here, you’ll find something fun and interesting! In that vein, if you’re here this upcoming weekend, September 7-8, and interested in traveling back in time to the Middle Ages in…

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Spring in Elba: FREE night’s stay if it rains!

May 17, 2019

We just heard of an interesting project that hotels & B&Bs on the island of Elba have cooked up to invite more visitors this May. The #ElbaNoRain project offers visitors the night’s stay free of charge if during the day it rains for more than 2 hours between the hours of 10am and 8pm. This,…

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Cooking Tuscan dishes at your villa or farmhouse

May 5, 2019

One of the best experiences to enjoy while in Tuscany is eating delicious Italian food. It is also extra special if it was prepared by you! You only need a few ingredients to create incredible dishes – and the right teachers to show you how. Fiamma and Ginny are two chefs and mothers that work…

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Arie di Roccamare along the Tuscan seacoast

April 20, 2019

Do you love classical music and are planning a vacation in Tuscany soon? Today, we propose a very interesting stay+event we want to share taking place at the Roccamare resort near Castiglione della Pescaia. If you’re already planning a trip, why not consider this opportunity to mix your passion with your vacation? The resort has…

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Dianella and Leonardo da Vinci: Honoring the Master in his Home Territory

March 6, 2019

Dianella’s Special Tribute to Leonardo da Vinci Dianella Winery, on the road to Vinci, Leonardo’s hometown, has prepared a whole year of activities to honor the life as well as ties that Leonardo had to his home land, the area around Vinci during 2019, which marks the 500th anniversary of his death. Leonardo was an…

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Our Top 10 Articles in 2018

December 30, 2018

This year has ended in a rush, hasn’t it? Hoping the start of 2019 sees you planning a vacation in Tuscany, we have collected some our most popular and new articles from the last year to share with you to give you new ideas for your itinerary or provide useful, fun information as you plan…

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Special Edition of Siena Palio on October 20th

September 20, 2018

The Contradas have met and so has the City Council of Siena in special meetings to decide on whether or not to hold a special edition of the Palio this year. The minimum of 10 Contradas gave their approval, and so has the City Council so a third Palio for this year is set to…

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Pampering your Skin at Asmana

July 16, 2018

Summer can be tough on our skin, especially once it finally gets warm and you find yourself, like me, spending time outside soaking in the warm rays of the sun. I’ve learned the important thing is to both pamper yourself and your skin at the same time, ensuring the rays you catch are the right…

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The beauty of Heat & Humidity: Enjoying a Sauna

June 29, 2018

Generally heat and humidity are not seen as a positive thing, especially as you walk around sightseeing under the hot Tuscan sun come summer. I can assure you, however, the one place I do enjoy both is when at a Spa, particularly one as welcoming as Asmana, where I’ve been going lately to relax from…

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