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Top Picks for Traveling The Tuscan Maremma

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An awesome guest article by Elisa from Maremma Tuscany! Even if you have never been to Tuscany, you can probably imagine its farmhouse villas and breathtaking countryside in an instant. But for most tourists, Tuscany is Florence, Siena and Pisa. Stop. Most don’t realise there is a whole other side to Tuscany. A side that is more wild and authentic. A side that still breathes laidback country days. A side that truly is Tuscany off-the-beaten track. It’s called the Maremma. To discover the Maremma, you have to leave the cities behind and plunge into magnificent Southern Tuscany. Just don’t look for any road signs. The Maremma is a centuries’ old name used by the locals to describe their beautiful surroundings. It’s more of a feeling...

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Tuscan Seaside: Safe Swimming Advices

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During the last month there have been quite a number of accidents along the coast of Tuscany. Although the shore of Tuscany is very safe and calm, there may be occasions when extra caution is mandatory. At least 8 people drowned and several others where rescued in critical conditions. Therefore I feel the need to remind you some very simple advices that will ensure your safety and enjoyment when vacationing on the Tuscan coast and swimming in the sea. Respect prohibitions. The code to respect is simple. Red flag means swimming is prohibited. Yellow flag warns to be cautious swimming close to the shore and never alone. Green flag signals no problems and free swimming. Orange flag means there is no bay watch and life rescue on duty. Use common sense. When anything...

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The Natural Science Center in Prato

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In Prato there is a Natural Science Center that you can visit to discover an uncontaminated wildlife refuge to explore in total freedom. The center also offers a series of activities and events to educate on the animal and wildlife world. The rooms of the center include 750 m² exposition floors and a natural park of 16 hectares with free roaming animals some of which are being cured and others are in the process of being readjusted to wildlife after captivity. A visit here will give you the chance to understand what environmental protection, eco-tourism, and a better relationship between man and nature are. You will find a large number of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, insects, shells, minerals, rocks, and various kinds of grass. Reptiles and birds that were...

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Tuscany Cruises including the Tuscan archipelago and Florence

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A popular cruise destination on your cheap cruise is the Tuscany region of Italy. Tuscany has been long respected for its famous buildings, outstanding artwork, and a very rich history. One popular place to visit is the Duomo in Florence. The cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture, which was built from 1296 to 1436. The first thing most visitor’s notice is the great dome, the largest masonry dome in the world. The lantern was finally placed on top of the 375 foot dome in 1469. This completed the building of the cathedral 173 years after it started. The dome is self-supporting and was built with staggered bricks, so that no scaffolding was used in its construction. It contains 463 steps and is seen as the start of the new Renaissance...

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Wine Melodies in Tuscany - A Festival

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“Imagine sipping some of the most delicious wines immersed in the Tuscan countryside while listening to some of the most inspiring music. It is not a dream, it is Melody of Wine“. Such are the opening words of the promotional video of this event. Lots of enthusiasm for the first edition of the “Melodia del Vino” wine and music festival. It is a ten days long event that from June 28 to July 8, 2011 will interest four important wine production territories in Tuscany: the provinces of Siena, Grosseto, Florence and Lucca. The project was imported from Bordeaux, the famous French wine region, by the same organizers of the French edition of the event. The program, which is still in the stage of being finalized, includes six classical music...

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Culinary Spring in Tuscany

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If you are going to be in Tuscany during the end of April and coming month of May, there is a nice culinary surprise you might not have taken into consideration, but really worth taking part to. After several years of success, starting with the long weekend of April 25, the Flavors of Crete Senesi enogastronomic fair near Siena will be back to promote and let you discover the delicious artichokes of Chiusure, the Pecorino cheese of Asciano and the Patron Saint Isidoro of Arbia. The town of Asciano is the one that most promotes and sponsors the event, due to its long lasting cheese making tradition. There will be four week-ends starting form April 25 until mid-May to taste these Tuscan delicacies and experience true folkloric fairs. Open street markets will also...

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