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When our clients tell us they’ve had a good holiday, we like to publish it on here – and we also publish our Invitation to Tuscany news here.

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What has Tuscany done for the wine market?

Added on March 21st 2015 — Food and Wine

What has Tuscany done for the wine market?

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 »

“Power and Pathos” exhibit opens in Florence

Added on March 20th 2015 — Art and Courses, Events, Museums, Things to do

“Power and Pathos” exhibit opens in Florence

Greek bronze sculptures are ranked very highly within the art world, in both quality and rarity, due to the fact that most surviving Greek sculptures are made from marble. However, bronze was a much more highly prized material amongst the wealthier clients, with only the most skilled artists being able to use it effectively.

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