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Chestnuts in Tuscany

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From the Casentino to the Monte Amiata, from the Mugello to the Pistoia mountains, up to the Lunigiana, October is a multiplication of festivals and feasts dedicated to another fruit of the Tuscan landscape, as are olives, chestnuts. The chestnut grove shows itself as the most typical and representative wood of the Tuscan landscape, when…

The table of the poor and the one of the rich

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Table differences between social classes in the Middle Ages Chickpea, broad bean and chestnut soups, along with milk and cheese, lard and sometimes eggs. Poor wine that tasted like vinegar. It was what was on the table of the poor, especially in the city. Poor and peasants lived with the “fruits of the earth”: wheat,…

From the beer to Champagne

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A glass for every occasion Setting the table well is not just an art, but also a gesture of respect towards our guests. Both at home and in the restaurant glasses are often a complication that is easy to solve. Meanwhile, the glasses on the table must always be at least two: one for water…

Florence, beauty is the setting for a movie

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The French writer Marie-Henri Beyle Stendhal, during his trip in Italy, had a sense of loss and vertigo described in Florence: “I had reached that level of emotion where the celestial sensations given by the arts and passionate feelings meet. Coming out of Santa Croce, I had a heartbeat, life had dried up for me,…

The lily that is not a lily

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On 25 July the Lily of Firenze, as we know it, turns 90, but has many, many more … A lily had been used during the First Crusade (1095) as a sign of the city of the flower, but what is called the Lily of Florence is not a lily, it is a spontaneous iris that…

Cold dishes… to survive african warm

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The 40 degrees of this warm June remind us that many cold dishes are part of the Italian tradition and of some near countries that have always suffered for the high temperatures during summer. The cold dishes are important in the diet especially if are made with vegetables and legumes because they are rich in…

Solstice, the day that the sun stops

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On June 24, Florence celebrates Saint John, its patron saint. But the night of Saint John is a special night, enchanted, magical not only for the Florentines. “The sun reaches its highest point on June 23rd: the night of Saint John is the time when the planets contribute to loading stones and herbs with virtue.…

When fashion born

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The place: via dei Serragli 144, Florence, Villa Torrigiani, at Giorgini’s home. The date: 12th February 1951. The invitation acted: “The purpose of the evening is to enhance our fashion. The ladies are strongly requested to wear clothes of pure Italian inspiration “. Was born like this, thanks to the intuition of Giovanni Battista Giorgini,…

Ancient crafts and street food

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He came by bicycle, a strange bicycle, but even before he appeared we knew that he was coming under our home. “Women there is arrotinoooo! (the knife grinder)” It was the cry that announced his passage, his advertisement. The knife grinder locked the bike on the stand, connected a second chain to the pedals and…

It’s time to visit gardens

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In Florence, “city of the flower”, even the gardens are true works of art, rich not only in flowers, but also in history. Two are almost in the city center: Boboli and Villa Bardini. Two others are below Piazzale Michelangelo, dedicated to two beloved flowers in Florence: the Roses and the Iris. The last one…