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Il Maestro comes back home!

La Toscana: Art, History and Culture, English, Lucca, Newsletter archive, Tuscan characters

Il Maestro comes back home! Finally after a restoration that lasted several years, Giacomo Puccini’s house in Lucca is again open to the public: it is now possible to visit the birthplace with the original rooms, historical furniture and to see objects and documents that belonged to him, including postcards, notes, letters, autograph scores of [...]

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High adrenaline journeys… to Tuscany!

La Toscana: Ecotourism, English, Newsletter archive

Has someone ever said that Tuscany is the ideal place for spending relaxing and cultural holidays only, where good cooking has paved the way to a wonderful world, made of tasty discovers and natural, artistic wonders, among the most beautiful in the world? I don’t want to be rude or appear a little bit ‘exuberant’ [...]

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Nature, traditions and culture on exhibition on the mountains over Pistoia

La Toscana: Ecotourism, English, Nature & Wellness, Newsletter archive, Pisa, Tuscan itineraries

Summer time, and heat consequently, is fast approaching, many people take the occasion for going to seaside and taking refreshing baths, but others suffer from the heat and just look for cool places.     An alternative itinerary to usual out-of-town excursions at seaside (as for example Versilia, the Etruscan coast or Maremma in the province of Grosseto) [...]

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Pisa Leaning Tower re-opens doors after a long makeover

La Toscana: Art, History and Culture, Arts, English, Newsletter archive, Pisa

For a few days now, people visiting Piazza del Duomo in Pisa have stared at the amazing sight before their eyes: more gleaming than usual, now more than ever it deserves the expression Piazza dei Miracoli(literally Squares of Miracles) that the well-known Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio created for describing the wonderful contrast of the white monuments against the bright green grass. And [...]

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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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Lucca noble bread

La Toscana: English, Lucca, Made in Tuscany, Newsletter archive, Tuscan cooking

Whoever comes to Lucca and doesn’t eat buccellato can’t say that has been there! (anonymous Lucca saying) Along our journey throughout Tuscan flavours, we talked about wine, chestnuts, olive oil, fine and internationally renowned meat, but… do you know what Buccellato is? I have to admit that I’ve one up on you because my roots [...]

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Spring in Italy 2000: Rome, Florence and Venice

La Toscana: English, Newsletter archive, Pearls of Italy

In Italy, quoting from Italian proverbs – you say April makes your sleep sweeter; probably this drowsy atmosphere has infected me too! Besides being the month of Morpheus, April also marks the beginning of spring. Hills are covered by flowers, the air is full of fragrances, and the Italian cities are more beautiful than ever. [...]

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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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