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Tuscany welcomes gay-friendly tourism

La Toscana: English, Florence, Gay Venues, Grosseto, Lucca, Nature & Wellness, Newsletter archive, Siena, Tuscan itineraries, Tuscan Spa, Wine and food tours

  I’m going to leave the appennino tracks to my great regret for introducing to all of you a cultural and tourist project promoted by the Regione Toscana, that fills in an important gap – on regional basis only by now – in the Italian tourism background and fits perfectly with the context of the [...]

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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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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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At the table in Siena

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

Few other provinces big in culture, remain tied to the past, remaining genuine and simple like other historical centres. In Italy, monuments of art are never kept uncontaminated like those in Siena. The city of Siena loves tourists and allows them to invade, leaving its kitchen represented by its restaurants, trattorie’s, cooking shops and kitchens [...]


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Siena

La Toscana: Arts, English, Siena

Siena is a special city and is unique in the sense that its historical centre is located away from the newer part of the city. Enclosed and isolated by its red walls, it is not accessible by car, a factor which has helped it to maintain its charm throughout the centuries. Siena is divided into [...]

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The Panforte and Panpepato

La Toscana: Made in Tuscany, Siena

Throughout Italy, fruitcakes are mainly eaten during the christmas festive season, however in Siena, the province were such cakes come from, they eaten all year round. Consequently, the town of Siena always has a distinctive smell of Panforte Margherita. There are two main types of sweet cake, called Panforte and Panpepato, which have something in [...]


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Cavallucci, Copate and Ricciarelli- A Taste of the Orient in Siena

La Toscana: Made in Tuscany, Siena

In Medieval times, Siena was a key gateway for many carriages travelling from the East. Consequently, Siena’s desserts (including those which Siena consumes all year round, whilst the rest of Italy eat them only during the Christmas holidays) are a variety of traditional Tuscan favourites which have a unique Eastern edge to them, as a [...]


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