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6 things you can do with children in Tuscany

Added on February 3rd 2017 — Art and Courses, Central Tuscany, Chianti, Churches and Castles, Florence and Arezzo, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Museums, Siena, South of Siena, Undiscovered nature

6 things you can do with children in Tuscany

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 »

July & August in Tuscany, when opera fills the air

Added on July 17th 2015 — Central Tuscany, Concerts, Events, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Siena

July & August in Tuscany, when opera fills the air

 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 »

When Napoleon was Tuscany’s ‘guest’

Added on June 16th 2015 — Latest news, Museums, South of Siena

When Napoleon was Tuscany's 'guest'

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 »

Villa Strega continues to bewitch

Added on June 13th 2015 — Customer comments, Latest news, Siena, Villa Strega

Villa Strega continues to bewitch

As ten years previously, La Strega continues to bewitch and provide a perfect family holiday. Villa Strega provides the space to accommodate a large group but is also able to allow individual spaces in the multitude of common rooms and outside in the rose garden.  Of course for young and old the swimming pool is … Read more »

Hike Tuscany’s Grand Canyon – Orrido di Botri

Added on June 13th 2015 — Active, Areas, hikes and walking, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Things to do

Hike Tuscany’s Grand Canyon – Orrido di Botri

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 »

June 24th: Calcio Storico – Where football is good and grimy

Added on June 12th 2015 — Areas, Events, Florence and Arezzo, Things to do

June 24th: Calcio Storico - Where football is good and grimy

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 »

Don’t feel like cooking the first night?

Added on June 8th 2015 — Chianti, Food and Wine, Latest news

Don't feel like cooking the first night?

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 »

Chianti winemaker set to go Vegan this spring

Added on March 30th 2015 — Chianti, Food and Wine, Siena

Chianti winemaker set to go Vegan this spring

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.

Daily Mail’s John Carter praises Tuscany

Added on March 27th 2015 — Chianti, Florence and Arezzo, Latest news, South of Siena

Daily Mail’s John Carter praises Tuscany

Daily Mail travel writer John Carter has praised Tuscany for its incomparable views and delicious wines and says he has treasured memories from his trip to the region. The experienced traveller stayed in several villas in Tuscany during his stay and in this past weekend’s Daily Mail travel supplement has written how the trip put … Read more »

Luxurious Tuscan castle goes on sale – for £20m

Added on March 18th 2015 — Latest news, Siena

Luxurious Tuscan castle goes on sale – for £20m

A stunning and historic Tuscan castle has been put up for sale at an eye-watering cost of £20 million. The fabulous castle near Siena was home to the famous Piccolomini family between 1350 and 1920 and two members of the family went on to become Pope Pius II (1458-64) and Pope Pius III (1503). Now … Read more »

How Sting swapped fields of gold for olive groves

Added on March 12th 2015 — Chianti, Florence and Arezzo, Food and Wine, Latest news

How Sting swapped fields of gold for olive groves

Sting and his wife Trudie Styler are two of the most famous expats to live in Tuscany – and they’re embracing the lifestyle of the area by producing their own olive oil! The former frontman of The Police and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels producer Trudie moved to Tuscany in 1997 and own an … Read more »

Andrea Bocelli to perform twice at Teatro del Silenzio

Added on March 11th 2015 — Concerts, Events, Florence and Arezzo, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Things to do

Andrea Bocelli to perform twice at Teatro del Silenzio

One of Tuscany’s most famous sons will head home this August, when Andrea Bocelli sings in a small town near Pisa. The famous tenor was born in Lajatico, a town of just 1,500 people which is about 30 miles southwest of Florence and 25 miles southeast of Pisa. And in August he’ll sing in his hometown twice, at … Read more »

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