‘Art, History and Culture’

Tuscany vacation: discover Tuscan art, history and culture.



Il Maestro comes back home!

La Toscana: Art, History and Culture, English, Lucca, Newsletter archive, Tuscan characters

Il Maestro comes back home! Finally after a restoration that lasted several years, Giacomo Puccini’s house in Lucca is again open to the public: it is now possible to visit the birthplace with the original rooms, historical furniture and to see objects and documents that belonged to him, including postcards, notes, letters, autograph scores of [...]


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Pisa Leaning Tower re-opens doors after a long makeover

La Toscana: Art, History and Culture, Arts, English, Newsletter archive, Pisa

For a few days now, people visiting Piazza del Duomo in Pisa have stared at the amazing sight before their eyes: more gleaming than usual, now more than ever it deserves the expression Piazza dei Miracoli(literally Squares of Miracles) that the well-known Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio created for describing the wonderful contrast of the white monuments against the bright green grass. And [...]


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High-flying…Dante!

La Toscana: Arezzo, Art, History and Culture, English, Florence, Made in Tuscany, Pistoia, Tuscan characters, Tuscan itineraries

“Even as that stream which holdeth its own course The first from Monte Viso tow’rds the East, Upon the left-hand slope of Apennine, Which is above called Acquacheta, ere…” (Inferno – “Hell” – XVI, 94-102)     I would like to begin this Tuscan journey by borrowing some words from a writer who isn’t a [...]


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The wonder…Apennines

La Toscana: Art, History and Culture, English, Nature & Wellness, Newsletter archive, Pistoia, Tuscan culture and traditions, Tuscan itineraries, Wine and food tours

Here we are again, the old year has just ended to make room for the new one, twelve months full of projects and resolutions… We continue our travel throughout the marvellous Tuscany and I would like to begin this 2011 introducing an aspect which most of you may consider unusual, but at the same time [...]


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The Etruscans’ Tuscany: the transalpine cousins vous souhaitent la bienvenue!

La Toscana: Arezzo, Art, History and Culture, English, Grosseto, Tuscan culture and traditions

… Not that Tuscany bounds are usually very limited, mind you, her cultural heritage is well-known all around the world, but starting from early November the history of Tuscany and those who laid the foundations for her grandeur will be celebrated by two top showcases such as the Cinquantenaire Museum in Bruxelles and the Salon International du Patrimoine [...]

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Lucca noble bread

La Toscana: English, Lucca, Made in Tuscany, Newsletter archive, Tuscan cooking

Whoever comes to Lucca and doesn’t eat buccellato can’t say that has been there! (anonymous Lucca saying) Along our journey throughout Tuscan flavours, we talked about wine, chestnuts, olive oil, fine and internationally renowned meat, but… do you know what Buccellato is? I have to admit that I’ve one up on you because my roots [...]

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Tuscany: is it a forbidden fruit? By Vespa, no!

La Toscana: English, Florence, Getting to and around Tuscany, Made in Tuscany, Pisa, Siena, Tuscan culture and traditions, Tuscan itineraries

What would you think about if I began by saying: “He who Vespas eats the apple, he who doesn’t, doesn’t” Those among you who are already forty will certainly remind of that thing which was internationally acclaimed as the symbol of Italy all around the world; that symbol that has been with thousands of people [...]

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A water underground in Siena

La Toscana: English, Siena, Tuscan culture and traditions

Even if the most of you will have already spent their summer holiday, it’s not true a couple-of-days trip, or even the classic out-of-town excursion, has necessarily to wait until next year… In fact, this is an itinerary which could be considered somewhat classic, somewhat sui generis… Since this travel will guide us through one of [...]

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The hippo-routes: the future of transports leds eco sustainable paths

La Toscana: Ecotourism, English, Grosseto, Legends and misteries, Nature & Wellness, Newsletter archive, Pistoia, Siena, Transports in Tuscany, Tuscan culture and traditions, Tuscan itineraries, Villas and gardens

With regards to eco sustainable tourism… Maybe yu have already heard about that if you are keen on equestrian tourism or you simply love nature and horses: in Tuscany, as well as in other locations of the Bel Paese, some horseback riding paths, called ippovie, or hippo-routes if literally translated into English (you can even cycle along or hike over them), have recently been opened.

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A toast…to eternity

La Toscana: English, Florence, Newsletter archive, Siena, Tuscan culture and traditions, Wine and food tours

Last time we talked you about good wine and September grape harvest, which was revealing its secrets to all wine-lovers thanks to the gastronomic event Benvenuta Vendemmia! (Welcome grape harvest!)


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Farm holidays in Tuscany: a link relating past, present and future

La Toscana: Arezzo, English, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Newsletter archive, Pistoia, Siena, Tuscan culture and traditions

It is strange to think that people come from anywhere to find out the places where you are born and grown up, where your family has lived for generations, the places you sleepily pass through every morning to go work…


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Roberto Benigni, “The little Devil”, acting The Divine Comedy: an Oscar performance!

La Toscana: Newsletter archive, Tuscan characters

The big screen lovers look forward to the month of February and its annual dates: the Berlin International Film Festival and the well-known Hollywood Oscar Night The Academy Awards, on which you can learn more visiting the oscar web site.


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