‘Tuscan culture and traditions’

Travel to Tuscany: your guide to Tuscan culture and traditions



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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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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Tuscany: “Crocevia Mundi”

La Toscana: Legends and misteries, Newsletter archive, Tuscan culture and traditions

Maybe we should not define world what actually is just a part of it, but by that time, in the Middle Age I mean, the transoceanic continents had not been discovered yet and the world borderlines  were supposed to be around Europe, Africa and Asia. And, as a popular saying states, all roads lead to [...]

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Tuscan old professions: the stonecutter

La Toscana: Newsletter archive, Tuscan culture and traditions

This time our journey throughout Tuscany and its colours is going to drive us into the past for discovering, or re-discovering, the ancient professions. Have you ever thought about how different it was when the modern technology didn’t exist and almost everything was handmade? Actually in the past we have been able of great works, [...]


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Tuscany in the Movies

La Toscana: English, Tuscan culture and traditions

If there is a land that is particularly loved by directors of films and documentaries, this is without doubt Tuscany, which was quickly discovered and exploited by the world of cinema for it’s beautiful locations. Tuscany’s career in the cinema began at the beginning of the 1900s, and in order to mention all the films [...]


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The Torta coi Bischeri

La Toscana: English, Made in Tuscany, Pisa, Tuscan cooking, Tuscan culture and traditions, Tuscan Recipes

The torta coi bischeri, a typical Pisan dessert, is simply a chocolate rice cake which takes its name from the horns of dough which are used to decorate it. The word bischero literally means the small key which is used to adjust the strings of a violin but as always the people of Tuscany have [...]


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The Accademia della Crusca

La Toscana: Florence, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan culture and traditions

To say that everyone in Italy speaks Italian would not be entirely true, or at least it wasn’t true in the past. Also, those who claim that it was television which actually taught the Italian language to the Italian population are not all that far from the truth as a lack of political power and [...]


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