When madness joints art…

La Toscana: Newsletter archive, Tuscan characters

…creativity has no bounds and immagination seems to go beyond our known paths… This time Siena is the destination of our Tuscan journey: the exhibition “Arte, genio e follia – il giorno e la notte dell’artista – Art, genius and madness – artist’s day and night” is currently being performed at the museum estate “Santa [...]


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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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Volterra – the City of Alabaster

La Toscana: Pisa

Volterra is found on the upper course of the River Era, on the corner of the regions of Florence, Siena and Pisa. It is an ancient village which has always been synonymous with albaster. Volterra is a colourful town, which has maintained most of its medieval heritage. The Palazzo comunale is the oldest Town Hall [...]


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Spring

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany

Spring is a lovely time of year to visit Tuscany, the weather isn’t too overwhelmingly hot, the crowds of tourists still haven’t peaked and the range of events is enough to keep anyone busy. Not only can you enjoy the Easter celebrations, but there are also fantastic carneval celebrations at Viareggio and other towns around [...]


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Spring in Tuscany

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany

For many centuries, the spring has been celebrated by inhabitants of many towns in Tuscany and the rest of Italy as the reawakening of nature after the winter sleep. To celebrate this annual event, many towns become host to various Medieval themed parties featuring amusement rides, a tradition which descended from old Pagan celebrations of [...]


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Travelling markets of Tuscany

La Toscana: Art, History and Culture

In tracing the origins of the markets, we need to mention that it is impossible to identify an exact date or place, but rather a series of events and situations that each culture has made it’s own, developing and improving according to local use and customs. It is also difficult to reconstruct the phases of [...]


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The Songs of May – the Maggiolate of Tuscany

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany

May is an important month in Tuscany and it’s no coincidence that one of the most important fixtures in Florence’s arts calender – the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is held in May. The historical roots of the May festivities reach back for centuries right to pagan festivals that celebrated the arrival of spring. Ben venga maggio [...]


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March 25th, Pisa’s New Year

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany

Pisa in Spring is always a beautiful time of year and when the city is truely alive, full of students, tourists, and people who’ve brought a little sunshine with them. People sitting on the riverbanks of the Arno, or in the Piazza dei Miracoli are full of the joys of spring. And to add to [...]


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Racing season in Livorno

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany

In Medieval times, it was tradition to celebrate great racing events. In fact, there is an important boat racing event, the Palio Marinaro, celebrated since Medieval times, that takes place in Livorno during the second week of July on the Sunday. It’s an exciting and entertaining event which can be watched from the Terrazza Mascagni. [...]


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September: The grape harvest in Tuscany

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany

Here we’re talking about wine, because September is the month of the grape harvest and of the celebrations dedicated to it. In some areas of the south, grapes are ready for harvesting in August, and towards the more Northern regions, it can take up until November for the grapes to be ready – it all [...]


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Pisa: festival of lights

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany

During the month of June, you can enjoy a series of really interesting events that transform the streets of Pisa, bringing together the locals and tourists alike. The celebrations are in honour of the patron saint of Pisa, Ranieri Sacceri, who died in 1161. The Saint Ranieri party starts on June 17th. And for this, [...]


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Tuscan folklore in June

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany

Spring is easing into summer, a period full of events such as the Palio of Siena, the Joust of the Saracen in Arezzo, and Calcio in Costume or the historical football of Florence… Beyond these more famous events, there is a myriad of minor appointments throughout the countryside and in small Tuscan towns. These events [...]


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