Visiting Tuscany with children is a delight, but sometimes you might wonder which places are good with kids, or if there’s somewhere you can take them to decompress after too much culture – here are some suggestions for our favourite places – some cultural, some wild and some organised. 1. Visiting hill towns and villages. … Read more »
There are hundreds of good reasons to visit Tuscany—but fabulous food has to be near the top of the list… After all, what’s more fabulous than sipping Brunello with a crusty loaf of bread and some olio nuovo as the sun sets over the terrace of your 19th century villa? Or enjoying fresh capellini with … Read more »
In the height of summer, when the heat of the day has given way to comfortable evening temperatures, opera lovers gather is some of the most fascinating venues the region has to offer. Whether in the roofless abbey at San Galgano, in the lakeside open-air theatre near the home of Giacomo Puccini or on the cathedral … Read more »
In 1814 following his disastrous invasion of Russia and subsequent abdication, Napoleon was banished to the island of Elba. Though he escaped in March 1815 to return and re-claim his title of Emperor, by June of the same year he was once again an island’s guest, this time of St. Helena in the South Atlantic. … Read more »
For over 1,000 years the Pelago River has been carving a deep limestone gorge in the Apennines. Tuscany’s largest canyon is accessible from Ponte a Gaio, but only from mid-June to September, when the water level of the Mariana and Ribellino rivers is low. You can hike the Orrido either by yourself or on a … Read more »
A game without rules in stripped down costume, this is football like the referees have never allowed. Four teams of 27 each representing separate quarters of the city battle it out in a game fought in Florentine squares since the 5th century. Piazza Santa Croce is the site of the semi-finals leading up to the … Read more »
Seasonal food supplies lead to a tradition of “sagre”, mono-thematic food festivals where one type of food is celebrated and cooked in all ways possible. From the delicious to the ridiculous, these now encompass themes from sausage to particular pasta shapes to nettles and on beyond. By June these festivals are in full swing and … Read more »
In many of our properties it is possible to arrange for an ‘arrival dinner’, which means a local cook, or one your agent can have sent to the property, will take the strain off that first evening’s dinner. Whether it’s a cold supper, a lasagna you can warm up or a three course dinner served … Read more »
A winemaker is set to release the first certified vegan Chianti, which is scheduled to be available for sale this spring. In the traditional wine-making process, the grape juice is filtered through a number of substances called “fining agents” in order to remove things such as off flavours, cloudiness, proteins and some other organic particles.
Tutti Matti Tuscany is set to be something which the region has never experienced before, with the majority of the produce used in the cooking coming from an on-site bio farm.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live in a convent, you may now have your opportunity, for just half a million pounds more than a penthouse apartment in Marylebone, London. However, it will still set you back an eye watering £13 million! Convento di Giaccherino has 50 bedrooms, 40 bathrooms, … Read more »
There is a term which was coined around forty years, and is sometimes banded around wine, known as Super Tuscan. However, trying to actually describe what a Super Tuscan is, is quite an effort in itself. There are not any strict guidelines as to what qualifies a wine into a Super Tuscan, but it does … Read more »