Category Archives: Tuscany

Truffle hunting at the white truffle festival in San Miniato, Tuscany

Known as “diamonds of the kitchen” truffles have been a sought after delicacy since the days of the Assyrians as far back as 2000 BC and later by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. These days a little hilltop town in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Venice, Happy New Year Florence – 25th March

Although no records exist documenting the actual founding of the beautiful city of Venice, tradition pinpoints the moment to exactly 12 noon on March 25th, 421 AD. Or to put it another way, the moment that the first church of … Continue reading

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Guest Best Bits of DreamDiscoverItalia

I recently had the pleasure of a guest spot on Best Bits Worldwide, a travel blog run by a lovely friend of mine. Susan is an American living in London and travels widely, blogging about the best bits of her … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Gone, but not forgotten

At first glance this photo just looks like a group of old men sheltering from the noonday sun. But after I’d taken it I realised that they were waiting for something. They were waiting for the Vigili del Fuoco, or Fire Brigade, to … Continue reading

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Siena. Arrival.

It’s easy to fall in love with Siena. Charles Dickens once described it as “a bit of Venice, without the water”. I was smitten just from a photo! And once you’re under her Gothic spell, you’re hooked. But as I … Continue reading

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The Florentine Alchemist

Florence is famous for a lot of things. Michelangelo’s Davide. The Uffizi Museum. The Ponte Vecchio. But one of my favourite spots is tucked away down a little back street near Piazza Della Signoria. The place in question is a stationers, … Continue reading

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