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Tuscany is the perfect place, whether  you are looking for a relaxing vacation far from the crowd, or a more active and adventurous one. If you love visiting art cities and museums, or if you love outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, trekking, walking, hiking; you’ll be surprised from the many beautiful things you could see and do. And the countless food and wine festivals will make everything even more special.

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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.

Michelin recognised chef is returning to Tuscany

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

Alida Solomon has announced her plans to return to Tuscany with business partner Frank Heaps, where they will open a unique combination of microbrewery and restaurant. Following the success of Tutti Matti Toronto, Solomon will be bringing that success to the Tuscan region. Tutti Matti Tuscany is set to be something which the region has … Read more »

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.

Modern Art exhibitions in Tuscany

Added on March 13th 2015 — Art and Courses, Events, Latest news, Things to do

Modern Art exhibitions in Tuscany

The next few months are set to be particularly rich for modern art in Tuscany, with a few exhibitions taking place over the coming weeks, with exhibitions only a short distance from some of our villas to rent in Tuscany. Here are the exhibitions and a bit about them:

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 »

What to do in Tuscany with children

Added on March 11th 2015 — Things to do

What to do in Tuscany with children

Tuscany is a beautiful part of Italy, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. However, if you are travelling with children, your itinerary may be slightly different in order to accommodate them. Below are a few suggestions of places you could travel whilst on a family villa holiday in Tuscany. Pistoia Zoo The zoo … Read more »

Montalcino’s smallest vineyard

Added on March 5th 2015 — Areas, Food and Wine, Latest news, South of Siena

Montalcino’s smallest vineyard

Based in just 1.8 hectares La Pieve House is by far the smallest vineyard in Montalcino – but what it lacks in size it makes up for in high quality wine. The vineyard has just been featured in the Copenhagen Post by Carsten Pedersen and it’s reminded us just what a fantastic little vineyard it is. La Pieve … Read more »

The top five sights to see in Siena

Added on February 28th 2015 — Churches and Castles, Museums, Siena, Things to do

The top five sights to see in Siena

Siena is a fantastic city to visit, with plenty of sights to see – so we thought we’d list five of our favourites for you! Like Florence, the city is a cultural treasure trove and has been declared by declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s one of Italy’s most visited places and hundreds of … Read more »

Tuscan building shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe award

Added on February 27th 2015 — Central Tuscany, Food and Wine, Latest news, Museums

Tuscan building shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe award

A Tuscan winery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe 2015 award, which is the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and is presented every two years. The grand prize is €60,000, with the winner receiving a sculpture of the award’s namesake Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion. This symbolises the main … Read more »

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