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Useful Resources on Tuscany - 2

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I did not think I would make it to another edition of useful Tuscan resources, but a week later here I am with another list of great links encompassing a wider view on Tuscany. Cooking classes for celiacs, photography seminars, rock star concerts, witty websites, at exhibits, and expatriate entrepreneurs are just some of the highlights of this web snooping series. Peruse it, find what enlightens you! 10 reasons to visit Tuscany in winter Is there any good reason to be in Tuscany during the cold season? This article gives you ten. Thermal spas, snow covered Florence and Siena, ski trips, romantic winter seaside towns, nature walks and more to take in all the beauty of Tuscany. Travel Photo of the Week on National Geographic It is a remarkable picture of one of the...

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Useful Resources on Tuscany

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With today’s post I would like to start a somewhat regular appointment on the blog to collect all the most interesting web resources that I can find online about Tuscany. There is a lot out there that continues to interest and fascinate me, more than I will ever be able to blog about. Nevertheless, I wish to share it with readers of Experience Tuscany. This is the first attempt at something I would like to call a “Tuscany info roundup“. I tried collecting ten of the most interesting information that was twitted in the last month about anything and everything concerning Tuscany. It includes info on events, art exhibits, personal experiences, news, books and videos. Spend your Christmas in Tuscany among hundreds Traditional Markets A nice article...

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Palio of Siena and Magic

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These are Palio days, and as usual I cannot do without being in Siena visiting some friends of mine at their house in town. It is always a wonderful feeling to dine outdoors at their apartment. They have a nice terrace that overlooks part of Siena, and there we have great fun dining during the warm summer evenings prior to the Palio. It is a fascinating experience to meet other guests at my friends’ table, true Sienese people that are passionate about the Palio and have tons of fun anecdotes to tell. I just learned about one that made me laugh quite a bit and also gave me an unexpected insight about the great amount of superstition involved with the Palio of Siena. You may not know it, but the Palio was born as a religious celebration in honor to the Virgin...

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Firenze Card: 72 Hours of Bonanza

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Maybe Michelangelo, Giotto and Brunelleschi did not have this in mind while they were creating their masterpieces for Florence, but if you are going to be in town for 72 hours, or close to that, now you can take full advantage of the Firenze Card. What is it? The Firenze card is a prepaid entrance to 33 museums in Florence, Tuscany also including exhibits and activities. It can be used within a time frame of 72 hours and costs 50 Euros flat fee. What are the advantages of the Firenze card? You will skip the lines of all museums, including the most awarded Uffizi gallery. You will also save a considerable amount of money, since the cumulative price of all 30 museums is way beyond 50 Euros per person. Even with just ten museums you are already breaking even. Compare...

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Vasari’s 500 Birthday

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500 years ago to the date in Arezzo, Tuscany Giorgio Vasari was born. He was to be one of the most important Renaissance artists, including painting and architecture, also known as one of the initiators of art-history. Born in Arezzo on July 30, 1511, Vasari was versed into artistic crafts since an early age. At sixteen he moved to Florence joining the Andrea Del Sarto circle of artists, and becoming a friend of Michelangelo Buonarroti. After a period spent in Rome to learn from the artistic work of Raffaello, he was to return to the eternal city to create his Sala dei Cento Giorni fresco in the Chancery Palace. Even though he is considered to belong to the Tuscan school, he extensively worked all over Italy, mainly in Rome, Florence, Naples, his native Arezzo and...

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Lucca Festival with King and Cocker

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Last night it was the turn of BB King and Joe Cocker to liven up the stage of Lucca Summer Festival. A night dedicated entirely to Blues music, with great emotions from two great artists. While listening to the performance of this milestone of international music, one totally forgot that BB King is 86. The energy and passion with which he cranks up a stream of notes and his notorious sound become one thing with the performer, and only the present moment becomes important. His Lucille, this the name of his Gibson Les Paul guitar, accompanied his smooth fingers effortlessly, donating a great evening of music. Joe Cocker’s performance was just as special. His voice has not lost its distinguishing character, that scratching touch that even at the age of 67 moves...

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