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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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Rummaging through Milan’s canalside antiques market, the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande

Milan, north-west Italy, is well-known for many things. It’s the nerve centre of international fashion houses including Armani, Prada and Versace. Football giants AC Milan and Inter call it home. And Milan cathedral, or Duomo, is a gothic masterpiece of spires, statues … Continue reading

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Traditional textile printing at the Antica Stamperia Artigiana Marchi, Santarcangelo di Romagna

Its not often you can walk into a workshop and see things being made using techniques and equipment that date back to the early 1600s. In fact, I can’t think of anywhere where you can do that. Except in Santarcangelo … Continue reading

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5 of the best pavilions at the Venice Art Biennale 2015

Tackling Venice’s art Biennale could be a bit daunting. With 89 participating countries, work from 136 artists spread out around the city and 189 days dedicated to art it is difficult to know where to start! And certainly there is … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas starts with L’Immacolata, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

If, like me, you grew up in the UK you will have been seeing mince pies, Christmas puddings and tinsel in the shops since you got back from your summer holidays! And the US has been Christmas shopping since Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

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Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day in Italy

The harvest is complete, work in the fields is done and summer is over. And as the nights draw in and we settle down with our fluffy slippers for the colder, darker half of the year, people around the world … Continue reading

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