‘Wine and food tours’

Travel to Tuscany for typical local products and wine tasting



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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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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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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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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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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At the table in Pisa

La Toscana: Pisa, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

How do they eat in Pisa….well or badly? The quality of the food both locally and nearby is today proved in both the restaurants and the trattories. Therefore, with extreme restraint, we can say that in Pisa and the area of Pisa, we eat better than those in Lucca and the surrounding area of Lucca, [...]


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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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At the table in Pistoia

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

Policarpo Pertrocchi, the pistoian of Cireglio castle and the famous author, once said that the kitchen of the earth was one of the mountains and of the people, they used to carry their soup, their chestnuts and their polenta to Maremma to meet the coal men. Leaving in November and returning on the 24th of [...]


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