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Lively weekdays in Central Tuscany

Added on July 17th 2015 — Latest news

Lively weekdays in Central Tuscany

In some parts of the world summer is a time for closing shop and setting off on holiday.  In Tuscany, however, the opposite is true.  Even the smallest of villages throw themselves into summer festivals full of art, music and street theatre.  Two of our favorite central Tuscan villages, Casole d’Elsa and Radicondoli, do precisely … 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 »

Find a “Sagra” and eat like a lord

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

Find a “Sagra” and eat like a lord

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 »

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 »

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 »

Michelin recognised chef is returning to Tuscany

Added on March 26th 2015 — Food and Wine, Latest news, Restaurants

Michelin recognised chef is returning to Tuscany

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.

Tuscan convent for sale at same price as three bedroom London flat

Added on March 25th 2015 — Churches and Castles, Latest news

Tuscan convent for sale at same price as three bedroom London flat

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 »

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 »

Tuscany remains a favourite holiday destination

Added on March 14th 2015 — Latest news

Tuscany remains a favourite holiday destination

Tuscany has been a favourite holiday since the 1990’s, and is carrying on in that vein, according to recent statistics. Between 2012 and 2013, Tuscany saw an increase of 4.6% in foreign arrivals.

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