Cities and provinces of Tuscany: choose your tuscan location for your next holiday

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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Ecologically sustainable itinearies: whale watching in Tuscany

La Toscana: Ecotourism, English, Livorno

Ancient sages used to write fantastic stories about cetaceans, marine mammals that have always fueled every-time myths and legends.

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Arezzo Association: Amici della Bici (Bike Friends)

La Toscana: Arezzo, Ecotourism, Events in Tuscany

If you are fond of nature and bike tours and excursions, have a look at the

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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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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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Sauced potatoes casserole

La Toscana: English, Livorno, Tuscan Recipes

Ingredients for 4 people 1 kg of potatoes 3 cloves of garlic Sage 1 tablespoon of conserve Olive oil Salt and pepper Between the plates in Livorno it is said that soup is the food of heros. Take a pan and put oil, sage, garlic and add a spoon full of tomato puree into it [...]

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Lucca: history, nature art and sea

La Toscana: Lucca

It could be said that the province of Lucca wants for nothing. The capital Lucca, has a plethora of splendid monuments that testify to the many and varied periods of Lucca’s history. The province has the Versilia seaside resorts, among the most noted in Italy for its beaches and nightlife; mountains, forests and enchanting rural [...]

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Livorno – Marittime Republic Beaches and Islands of the Tuscan Archipelago

La Toscana: Livorno

  Livorno is without any doubt completely different to all other Tuscan cities. There are no medieval churches or Renaissance piazzas that are typical of this region. However, although it is lacking in historic monuments and other typically Tuscan traits, the city is a leading maritime centre, the sea being defining feature of the city [...]

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Aqua Forte: Copperplate Printing in Florence

La Toscana: Florence

July hits Italian cities with burning darts, but don’t worry, there’s always an alternative, something different, something refreshing to do! Cultural Events Florence If you choose to defy the heat and wander the streets between Piazza Signoria and Piazza S. Croce, in the heart of the historical city center, you can for example stop in [...]

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Tuscany Artisans – Ceramics

La Toscana: English, Florence, Made in Tuscany

Focusing on Tuscany, and Florence in particular, which has always been a town of excellent workshops, to the point that Riccardo Marasco, a Florentine himself, dedicated a song characterising Florence as an artisan – Firenze bottegaia – the chorus of which goes: Firenze bottegaia di quando ero bambino e già ne andavo fiero di esser [...]

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