‘Made in Tuscany’

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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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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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The truffle: A jewel of the soil

La Toscana: English, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan cooking

November perhaps isn’t the best month to visit Italy because fog and rain could spoil your travel, but many people choose this season to take a look at the wonderful colours of Tuscan Fall. Fortunately the air is still almost warm, the lows are about 5°C (41°F) and higs about 15°C (59°F). What about “tartufo”, [...]


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A Revolution in Oil

La Toscana: English, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

The Antinori family does not need introductions: their name is synonym with an absolutely unique wine. From some time, however, the youngest daughter of Pietro Antinori, Alessia, together with business partner Martini Bernardi, has dedicated herself to olive oil and in a decisively innovative manner. From this the oil “Novizio” (Novice) had been born. The [...]


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Tuscany Artisans – Ceramics

La Toscana: English, Florence, Made in Tuscany

Focusing on Tuscany, and Florence in particular, which has always been a town of excellent workshops, to the point that Riccardo Marasco, a Florentine himself, dedicated a song characterising Florence as an artisan – Firenze bottegaia – the chorus of which goes: Firenze bottegaia di quando ero bambino e già ne andavo fiero di esser [...]


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The Cherries of Lari

La Toscana: English, Made in Tuscany, Pisa, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

Lari is a small town of 8000 inhabitants situated near Pontedera which is famous for its cherry production. Nevertheless, for Lari and the surrounding area, the cherry is more than just a vocation. In fact, the residents of Lari have never considered the cherries as a way of generating income, neither have they ever considering [...]


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The Sienese Pig

La Toscana: English, Made in Tuscany, Siena, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

And to think, they risked becoming extinct! The pig breed cinta senese had almost disappeared after the second world war, with its breeding yield having also dropped to a dangerously low level, until, during the 1990′s, people realised that this breed of pig produced such beautiful meats, and so the breed was re-born. The name, [...]


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Lampredotto in Florence

La Toscana: English, Florence, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

Does sightseeing and admiring works of art work up an appetite? Afraid that a day touring Florence will be too much for your empty stomach to take? Don’t worry though, as in Florence all you will be surrounded by local venders selling Lampredotto, which is a traditional dish in the region of Tuscany. In Tuscany, [...]


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The PGI of Emmer Wheat in Garfagnana

La Toscana: English, Lucca, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

A part of Italy only known by food experts; Garfagnana. Where Emmer Wheat comes from, which is the oldest of all known crops. In recent years though, the crop has had a bit of a resurgence, and is on plates again, not only in Tuscany, but all of Italy. The unexpected rebirth of this product [...]


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The “marroni” of the Mugello

La Toscana: English, Florence, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

September’s grape harvest, and all the festivities which come along with it, was the last happy celebration of what little remains of the summer season. Now, however, Autumn has definately begun and the prospect of cold, grey weather is becoming a reality. Nonetheless, do not dismay as October too has its own surprises in store [...]


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The Brigidini Biscuits of Lamporecchio

La Toscana: Made in Tuscany, Pistoia

It is all thanks to Sister Brigida that we are blessed today with these delicious wafer biscuits. It is she who used to regularly busy herself preparing the dough to make the, now famous, biscuits. It all started when Brigida and the other sisters at her convent in Lamporecchio, so as to not waste anything, [...]


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