‘Art, History and Culture’

Tuscany vacation: discover Tuscan art, history and culture.



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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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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Il Ponte della Maddalena: The Devil’s Bridge

La Toscana: Legends and misteries, Tuscan itineraries

  This bridge is known by three names; the first being Ponte di Matilde di Canossa as it was named after the great Countess Matilde. Secondly it’s known as Ponte della Maddalena. Thirdly, and most importantly, it’s known as il Ponte del Diavolo*. We’re in the hills around Lucca, a setting where many fairytales and [...]


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Da Verrazzano and the Discovery of New York

La Toscana: Tuscan characters

Giovanni da Verrazzano was born in 1485 in the castle of Da Verrazzano’s family, on the Chianti hills 19 km away from Florence. Raised in Florence, Giovanni later moved to Dieppe in France and entered the French naval service. In the early 1520s the east coast of what is now the United States of America [...]

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Mona Lisa

La Toscana: Arts, Florence, Tuscan characters

Her smile is the most famous and profound smile in the world. So mysterious that she has been the cause of literally rivers of spilled ink, in a quest to prove the more risky theories which have tried to identify this famous model. Obviously, we are talking about the acclaimed portrait of the Monna Lisa, [...]


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The Synagogue of Florence

La Toscana: Arts, Churches and monasteries, Florence

Florence has a Jewish community whose origins date back to the Roman era when there were several Jews living in houses near the Ponte Vecchio. We know that in 1396, there was a bank opened in the centre which made loans; an activity which has only been officially authorized by the government since about 1430. [...]


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A stone tree in Florence

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

We are in the centre of Florence, a maze of tiny narrow roads which cross and meet each other at irregular angles in typical style of an ancient roman city. It is often thought that Florence is city that is lacking in green spaces however enter the many old palaces and even churches of Florence [...]


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The Garzoni Villa: A Fairytale in Green

La Toscana: Arts, Villas and gardens

Collodi, situated near to Pescia, is known worldwide for its park which, dedicated to the treasured story of Pinocchio, is fairytale land for children everywhere. However, more often than not, the parents of the many children which flock to these gardens throughout year are dragged here against their will by their children, crazed fans of [...]

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Art, History and Culture

La Toscana: Art, History and Culture

A dive into Tuscan art, history and culture

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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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Gioconda’s Landscape

La Toscana: Arts

Did you ever seen Monnalisa (or Gioconda), the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, exposed in the Louvre Museum in Paris? If you don’t remember it take a look at the Louvre website, at her picture. Mona Lisa, the woman in the portrait, was born in Greve in Chianti, in the palace of Vignamaggio, and [...]


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