Author: Valentina

Valentina is a freelance copy and travel writer who loves Tuscany and writing about it. She's also a full-time mother of both a lovely, blond boy and to several of the four-legged kind.

Florens 2010

November 9, 2010

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.

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Weekend of tastings in Florence and Tuscany

November 5, 2010

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…

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Food and Wine Biennial in Florence

November 2, 2010

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…

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Visit an Unusual Florence

October 29, 2010

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…

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Autumn Flavors: Truffles and Chestnuts

October 27, 2010

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…

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Creativity Weekend in Florence

October 22, 2010

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…

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Halloween Weekend in Florence

October 21, 2010

If you are going to be in Florence during the weekend of Halloween, you should know that All Saints Day on November 1st is a national holiday in Italy. Halloween itself has only very recently been adopted here as a festive event, mostly for children. Here are our suggestions for spending a great Halloween weekend…

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Chestnut and Antique Fairs in Tuscany

October 15, 2010

Last week looked like winter with its gray, damp days, but the weather for this weekend should be sunny and nice overall, perfect for taking part in an event or food festival or sagra in Tuscany and enjoying a relaxing weekend. Chestnuts and fairs: Sunday October 17th – departing from Florence’s SMN station, the steam…

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Autumn Food Festivals in Tuscany

October 8, 2010

Days are becoming shorter and the light jacket I wear in the mornings heavier. Afternoons are glorious right now in Florence though! Leaves have started to fall and the hills around Florence are changing colors, a beautiful sight. What I love about this season: the full calendar of events centered around the season’s products. Here…

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Touring Day in Tuscany

October 6, 2010

On 10-10-10 the Italian Touring Club has organized a special event for Orange Flag Destinations in Italy. The Orange Flag is a distinction given to small Italian municipalities that stand out for their excellence in hospitality, rewarding their efforts in promoting high-quality and eco-friendly tourism and hospitality. Tuscany has the largest number of orange flagged…

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