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Costa Concordia Wreck Off Tuscany Coast Attracts Tourists
Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Disaster tourism isn't anything new so it probably shouldn't come as much surprise, though it is a bit maudlin, that the site of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster off Tuscany has now beome a popular tourist attraction. The ship itself is still lying paralyzed off the coast of the island of Giglio where it ran aground in January, costing 32 people their lives...
Don’t Just Vacation in Tuscany, Buy An Entire Tuscan Village on eBay
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Yes, you read right: an entire village in the hills of Tuscany is for sale on eBay at a price of a bit more than $3 million dollars (2.5 million euros).  If you're looking for more than just an Italian vacation but rather to live in Italy the lord of your own domain, this might be for you...The village  of Pratariccia, about 25 miles from Florence overlooking ...
Relaxing Moments at San Casciano dei Bagni – The Natural Spa of Italy
Published on Saturday, July 7, 2012 by Looking for a perfect place to relax and forget your worries! Visit San Casciano dei Bagni in Italy to feel rejuvenated and refreshed. Located at about 70 km southeast of Siena, San Casciano Dei Bagni is blessed with untouched natural beauty and makes for an ideal vacation spot. It marks its importance as one of the frequently visited Italy travel destinations. ...
Greve in Chianti – A Typical Tuscan City
Published on Sunday, June 17, 2012 by Beautiful sceneries, green lush vineyards, magnificent architecture and quaint villages describe the beautiful town of Greve in Chianti. If you are travelling to the Tuscany region of Italy then make sure you visit this wonderful town. A picturesque place surrounded with landscape of rolling green hills, it is famous for its incredible beauty and stunning wine. The ch...
The Tuscan Sun Festival Moves to Florence in June
Published on Friday, May 25, 2012 by After nine years, The Tuscan Sun Festival is moving from Cortona to Florence where it will hold its 10th edition, June 11 to 18, 2012. The festival brings together music, art and film, and this year in new venues including Teatro della Pergola, Palazzo Strozzi and Nuovo Teatro dell' Opera. The Tuscan Sun Festival has been described by The Independent (U.K.) as one o...
Andrea Bocelli’s Annual Concert in Hometown of Lajatico
Published on Monday, May 14, 2012 by The claim to fame of the lovely small town of Lajatico, 25 miles south of Pisa,  is that it is the birthplace of world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli. While Bocelli now lives on the Tuscan coast in Forte di Marmi, you can spot the house (with big red shutters) he bought for his mother in Lajatico. In 2006, Bocelli persuaded the local government to build an outdoor thea...
5 Things to Do in Pisa Besides Climbing the Leaning Tower
Published on Saturday, March 10, 2012 by The city of Pisa Italy is famous the world over for its Leaning Tower but there's much more to the city. Here are some other things to do in Pisa: 1. Be sure to visit the Duomo and Baptistery next to the tower. Leave extra time (a few hours) to visit Pisa's stunning cathedral as well as the largest baptistery in Italy. 2. Also leave time to go into Museo dell...
Why Bread in Tuscany Doesn’t Have Salt
Published on Monday, December 19, 2011 by One of the great joys of eating in Italy is munching on fresh Italian bread. Yet when you bite into your first piece of while visiting Tuscany (and also much of Umbria), you might be surprised at what is missing. It might take a moment to realize that there's no salt! This type of bread is called pane toscano.  So how did the Tuscans miss this key ingredient that y...
San Miniato in Tuscany: Truffles on the Via Francigena
Published on Sunday, October 16, 2011 by The town of San Miniato, located halfway between Pisa and Florence, is a must for history lover and foodies alike.  At the end of the 10th century, Otto I made San Miniato an outpost of the Holy Roman Empire.  In medieval times, the town sat on the via Francigena, an important pilgrimage route between northern Europe and Rome, bringing many visitors and invaders. In...
Wine Tasting in Chianti
Published on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by When it comes to exotic wines, nothing can even come close to the Tuscan wine! Wouldn’t it be exciting if you get a chance to visit Chianti in Tuscany and actually be a part of the wonderful wine making process itself? Your mouth will start watering even as you think about it. Stop dreaming and start planning a Tuscan wine tour just for the love of wine! Chianti ...