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!

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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The Duomo of Siena Shines with New Lights

June 28, 2018

Enjoy the splendor that is the pavement of the Duomo in Siena Special openings for 2018: from June 27 through July 31st, and from August 18 to October 28 The Sibilla Cumea, one of the intarsia found on the floor of the Duomo in Siena, says “in lucem veniet” o Verrà alla Luce.  The figure,…

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The magic of massage at Asmana

June 9, 2018

MAGIC! More precisely, magic HANDS! That is what I thought as I came out of my facial and hand and foot massage called Indian Beauty at Asmana: the massage therapists need to have special hands to work their type of magic on you. The magic is to make you relax so deeply that you could…

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June in Tuscany Means Traditions

June 5, 2018

June marks the start of summer and is full of fun and interesting events for you to enjoy! In particular, if you want to surround yourself by Tuscan history, then consider including one of these historical re-enactments and traditional events into your itinerary. Ready to travel back in time to the Middle Ages? Take a…

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European Night at the Museums 2018

May 18, 2018

This Saturday evening is 14th edition of European Night at the Museum across Italy and Europe! Whether you’re in Siena or in Florence this Saturday evening, take advantage of the special 1 euro entrance fee to the region’s most popular museums. This includes the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery, in Florence as well as the…

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Explore the new infrared area at Asmana

May 15, 2018

Ready to explore the new infrared area at Asmana? I checked it out on my last visit as soon as I found out it consisted of beds with heated lamps over your body, gently providing heat. Let me tell you a bit of what it is and what the benefits are so that you can…

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