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The period of the Creches

La Toscana: English, Newsletter archive, Pearls of Italy

The month of December is an extremely important season in all Italian regions, from North to South. Lights, decorations, Christmas trees are all over the place. Added to the fragrance of roast chestnuts (that are still roasted and sold on improvised stalls that seem to spring up along the roads of town centres as a [...]

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Italian Christmas gifts

La Toscana: English, Newsletter archive, Pearls of Italy

Christmas is coming, and like every year the age-old problem of buying gifts arises again. What to buy, how to find new and original ideas? This month I would like to help you in finding the right idea, a particular place, the typical Italian gift or an absolutely exotic gift to make your and your [...]

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January 2000: the new millennium

La Toscana: English, Newsletter archive, Pearls of Italy

The apocalyptic New Year’s Eve is over and we are still here. Holidays are also over and cities are going back to the habitual lifestyle, awaiting for a new “terrible cataclysm”, the Jubilee, that will hit Italy as an unavoidable hurricane. Seriously, the Jubilee‘s air has brought with it changes, restoration, renewal and refurbishing works [...]

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Mad March exhibitions

La Toscana: English, Newsletter archive, Pearls of Italy

March is a strange month; in Italy we say marzo pazzerello, esce il sole, prendi l’ombrello – Mad March, the sun comes out – take your umbrella!. March is the month when the weather quickly changes, the month of the first timid days of warm sunshine, when the cities start to wake up and show [...]

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February, the month of the Carnival

La Toscana: English, Newsletter archive, Pearls of Italy

February is the month of carnival, that this year will invade streets, lanes and squares of all Italian cities from the 25th of February until the 7th of March. So put on your mask, buy or invent a fancy dress and throw yourself into the fun! Venice Venice is wonderful in every season, but during [...]

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The Travelling markets – Christmas markets Tuscany

La Toscana: English, Newsletter archive, Pearls of Italy

This type of market, in various countries throughout Europe, has almost disappeared, suffocated by mass distribution and shopping centres which are shiny and new, but definately less human. In Italy and Tuscany huge shopping centres exist, but have not managed to subsume this antique and distinctive tradition. In Italy the markets continue to resist in [...]

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Italian Christmas markets

La Toscana: English, Newsletter archive, Pearls of Italy

The tradition to enrich and to animate the Christmas time with markets and local fairs is lately becoming very popular in Italy too. Originally born into the Northern Europe (probably due to the origins of Santa Claus’ legend), this folk custom is also spreading our culture and our way to live the Christmas, expecially in [...]

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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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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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