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Christmas in Tuscany is magical!

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Christmas is a magical time to experience in Florence and Tuscany: the cities of art are filled with amazing decorations, the villages dress up with markets and nativity scenes in the most beautiful churches. Among the traditional and original proposals in the program, we recall these: The city of torches At Abbadia San Salvatore, on…

Truffle food of gods

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An ancient rite that is celebrated at dawn, even today: a man, a dog, the silence of the woods. A secret art, tied to the bond with nature and with one’s dog, often handed down from father to son, because truffles almost always grow in the same places, next to the same plant. Finding one…

Florence, words and music

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How many songs are dedicated to Florence? So many, so many. Let’s try to make a list, certainly not a definitive one, with a bit of history. Bring a kiss to Florence Bring a kiss to Florence, which is my city that i always have here in my heart. Bring a kiss to Florence, I…

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.…