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For Carnasciale (Carnival), meat in abundance

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It is Carnival time or “carnasciale“ as they said in Florence. “Joyful” days in which it is allowed to exaggerate, having fun and eating … then Lent arrives. The same term “carnival” reminds us of the origin of this festival, from the Latin carnem levare, but it also seems that “carnasciale” is the evolution and…

Tuscan singers at Sanremo 2020 and more…

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This year eight Tuscan singers have been to San Remo 2020, two women and six men. FRANCESCO GABBANI already at his third Festival after two hits, “Amen” in the young category (2016) and then “Occidentali’s Karma” in the category of “The Big” (2017) thus becoming the first singer in the history of the Sanremo Festival…

Born in Florence: the ‘italian theater’ and the telephone

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In 1657 the Teatro della Pergola was inaugurated in 1834 Meucci created an “acoustic telephone” On behalf of the Accademia degli Immobili, chaired by Cardinal Giovan Carlo de ‘Medici, a wooden structure theater was erected in Florence near a vineyard owned by the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. The theater took the name of Teatro…

To make good Eggnog: eggs, sugar, cinnamon and sweet wine

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The oldest “recipe” comes from Naples, with a manuscript from the second half of the ‘400, which today is kept at the Pierpont Morgan Library in NY: To make for serves of eggnog, take twelve egg yolk, three ounce of sugar, half ounce of cinnamon, one liter of sweet wine, and let it cook so…

New year’s eve in Florence we eat tuscan food

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Not only on New Year’s Eve, is a tradition to make dinners and lunches with family and friends and in Florence … to eat tuscan food! If for Christmas Eve dinner, “Who spoils Christmas Eve, wolf’s body and dog’s soul” (tuscan way of saying), tradition wants fish and not meat, the last of the year…

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,…