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Siena Palio – which contradas are racing on 16th August 2016?

Tuscany’s Palio di Siena horse race is world famous. 10 jockeys ride mixed breed horses 3 times around Siena’s iconic Piazza del Campo as around 40,000 locals and visitors watch on from the sidelines. And the levels of anticipation and … Continue reading

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Italy 101 – What to pack for Italy

What’s the first thing that goes into your suitcase when preparing for a holiday in Italy? Your swimsuit? Your passport? Your phrasebook? For me it’s always my snorkel, unless I’m going to the mountains, of course! But wherever you’re off … Continue reading

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Dream of Venice Architecture : a new book & exhibition by Riccardo de Cal

Venice is a magical city. Its streets, alleys and canals form a maze to be explored and history literally drips from the walls. Whether its womanizer Casanova’s old haunts, ceremonial buildings built for the republic’s government or simply the sites … Continue reading

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2015 in photos and a big thank you!

Italy is a beautiful country, we all know that, so to close the year I thought I’d offer you my favourite photos from the last 365 days as a little reminder of some of the wonderful places we’ve visited together … Continue reading

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Babbo Natale invades Venice!

If you’ve ever been in Venice on the last weekend before Christmas you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve had one too many mulled wines as you’ll start to see double. Or maybe triple. In fact you’ll be seeing Santa … Continue reading

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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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Dear Santa, Please would you nominate me for the Italy Magazine Blogger Awards 2015!

Dear Santa, I know, I know, I’ve not written for a while but I just wanted to say I loved your work last year although I still don’t know how you got all the presents down the chimney! And I … Continue reading

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