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Viareggio's 2015 Carnival Parade

Posted on
February 15, 2015
in Events

Viareggio's 2015 Carnival Parade

The sunny seaside town of Viareggio just 20kms north of Pisa boasts a lovely seafront promenade full of shops and cafés and is perfect for strolling, jogging or biking any time of year. But the town truly comes alive every February for Carnival season where one of Italy's most important parades is featured for four consecutive weekends. During this time the promenade becomes a 2 kilometer-long circuit where over 1 million people come from all over the world to take part in this unique and exciting event. >>

The Do's and Don'ts at Italian Cafés: Italian Coffee Culture Etiquette

Posted on
February 13, 2015
in Italian Lifestyle

The Do's and Don'ts at Italian Cafés: Italian Coffee Culture Etiquette

The simple task of stopping for a coffee could be bewildering for a first time visitor to Italy. Which coffee to order? How to order? Can I sit or should I stand? When to pay? How to pay? The Italian ritual of coffee consumption is as sacred as Sunday mass. It is the highlight of the morning, it marks the passage of time during the day, it offers that breather needed every so often that reminds one to slow down and make room for life's simple pleasures...because the world can wait. But as with all rituals, the art of drinking coffee in Italy comes with its own set of rules...rules that are ingrained into the consciousness of Italians but for an outsider can seem mysterious and almost cultish. >>

Top 10 Places for the Best Florentine Steak

Posted on
January 05, 2015
in Places to Eat

Top 10 Places for the Best Florentine Steak

The steak. It is one of the most loved meat dishes in the world and in Florence, Italy it finds its maximum incarnation in what is simply known as la fiorentina...the Florentine steak. Picking out 10 of the best places where to eat a good Florentine steak is not easy so the following is a mere listing of some of the older and newer dining establishments in and around Florence that offer this historical dish in all of its glory. It is a list selected from Florentines themselves...with plenty of the typical Italian passionate arguing and debating that came with it! >>

FIVE IDEAS FOR SPENDING THE NEW YEARS IN TUSCANY

Posted on
December 29, 2014
in Things To Do

FIVE IDEAS FOR SPENDING THE NEW YEARS IN TUSCANY

Five unique and special ideas for ringing in the New Year in this amazing corner of the world... >>

Simplicity, Integrity in Tuscan Country Life

Posted on
September 24, 2014
in Italian Lifestyle

Simplicity, Integrity in Tuscan Country Life

My letter to Mark Bittman (food journalist, author and columnist for the New York Times) in response to his article about the globalization of French cuisine. At least in Tuscany, mamma's homecooking is still number one where farm-to-table is the norm and not a rarity. >>

44th Edition of the Chianti Classico Expo Wine Festival

Posted on
September 11, 2014
in Events

44th Edition of the Chianti Classico Expo Wine Festival

This year the the 44th Chianti Classico Expo takes place from Thursday September 11 through to Sunday September 14. The event draws thousands of wine experts and wine enthusiasts from all over the world, eager to get a tasting of the latest Black Rooster vintages and to talk to their vintners. Visitors can by a wine glass for 15 euros from the information booth which allows a tasting of 8 different wines. You can both buy and order wine and olive oil at each producer's booth. The open-air setting in Greve's beautiful square is unique and allows visitors to come in direct contact with the territory and its atmosphere. >>

Florence's San Lorenzo Central Market: <br>A Stylishly Renovated Food Lover's Smorgasbord

Posted on
September 06, 2014
in Places to Eat

Florence's San Lorenzo Central Market:
A Stylishly Renovated Food Lover's Smorgasbord

The traditional San Lorenzo food market has been revived into a modern and stylish gourmet food court that will delight food lovers and visitors from near and far. The offerings include artisanal cheeses, fresh buffalo mozzarella, grilled local meats, organic fruits and veggies, smoothies, freshly made pasta, seafood dishes, fresh baked bread, cured meats and salamis, a pizzeria, the traditional Florentine lampredotto sandwiches, fried delicacies, chocolate, ice-cream, pastries, a coffee shop, a lounge bar, a wine shop boasting 1200 labels, a cooking academy and a wine school... >>

The New GUCCI Restaurant and Cafe

Posted on
August 26, 2014
in Things To Do

The New GUCCI Restaurant and Cafe

In an elegant and exclusive space characterized by a relaxed atmosphere, Gucci welcomes visitors to its spectacular new restaurant and cafe on the rooftop of the Gucci store at The Mall, the luxury outlet center just 35km from Florence. The Gucci Restaurant offers a break from the excitement of shopping and offers a variety of delicacies accompanied by a wide selection of wines. Guests are invited to delve into the delights of the restaurant's extensive menu with dishes created using fresh and local produce, while relishing the surrounding Tuscan landscape. Bringing together the most refined designers in the world with the traditional flavors of Italian cuisine makes for the perfect recipe. >>

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