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While snow and cold tighten up around Tuscany and central Italy, here is an overview of ten great links you should visit. They include tips for traveling to and in Tuscany, great info on Tuscan wine and food, highlights and news on discoveries and main events, and tours for the coming summer season. Top 25 Tuscan Food Finds Let’s start with one of the most fantastic “top 25″ Tuscan food lists I have ever read. This entire blog is amazing, but I particularly love this article and the use made of pictures, tracing it from raw ingredient to the finished recipe. You can almost smell them! Famous Tuscan Wines After a compilation of great Tuscan dishes, nothing better than some culture on Tuscan wine. Brunello, Chianti, Bolgheri Sassicaia and Ornellaia...

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January is almost over, and snow has not yet fallen on Tuscany, apart its mountains of course! There you can ski as much as you want and take in some of the mot gorgeous landscapes in Italy. At any rate, whether forecast says at the end of the week it should snow. Among other information on Tuscany, below are some videos and pictures of th region’s cities and countryside under a white mantle. It is hard to tell when snow hits Tuscany, but if you get to be spending your holiday while it does, you can consider yourself very lucky! There will also be some carnival, biking, luxury wine, booking and traveling in Tuscany tips, and a zest of Liguria with a homage to the little five cousins of Tuscany, Cinque Terre, which during last October were badly hit by a...

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A Travelers Guide to Arezzo, Tuscany

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Arezzo, a beautiful sun-drenched city on a Tuscan hill, was a wealthy Etruscan city, and then a wealthy Roman city before it became a satellite of Florence in 1384. Among Arezzo’s native sons was Petrarch, who invented the musical scale; Pietro Aretino, who was exiled because of his satirical writings against Papal Indulgences; and Giorgio Vasari, the artist and architect. It was also the home of the French born Guillaume de Marcillat, a glass stainer who came to live and work in Arezzo. His work was so well known that he was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II. Marcillat worked beside Raphael and Michelangelo. Arezzo, being in the interior of country, is hot and rainy in the summer and can get cold in the winter. One place to visit in Arezzo is St. Francis’...

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As late as usual, here is another issue on what the web has to offer on Tuscany. To catch up with my once-a-week schedule I will have to write another Tuscan resource roundup in the coming days. So if you leave this one craving for more, before Sunday you will be getting another one. This post includes some of the most informative articles I could find online. Since this is the right time of the year to start looking for summer rentals in Tuscany, some of the links below will take you to quick read ups on tips and shortcuts to find good rentals at lower prices. Two resources are dedicated to Tuscan wedding locations and tips, so if you are eloping to Italy, be sure to check those out. Costa Concordia’s Possible Ecological Consequences I thought I would post...

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This not-so-regular appointment with all-things-Tuscany that you can find online unwillingly happens on the day the Costa Crociere Concordia cruise ship wrecked on the shore of Giglio island. An almost absurd accident. Was there a sea storm going on? Nope. Was the ship hijacked? Nope. Was there a technical problem. Maybe. Was there a human error. Maybe. The humongous 4-deck ship simply mulled adrift to meet the coast of Giglio island, when in fact it should have been 5 nautical miles offshore. The rocky coast did what an iceberg did to Titanic a hundred years ago, but fortunately the bottom of the ship was already resting on the sea bottom. Six people (as of now this is the dead count) died, but were the waters any deeper, what would have been the toll? The first...

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With the new year comes a new set of useful pages from around the world wide web regarding Tuscany. I went searching and squeezing Tuscan juice for you. Some is to keep in your bookmarks list, some is made of more ephemeral joys to be consumed at the moment, such as splendid pictures or videos worth seeing. It must be said, this issue was a no-sweat, as so much great stuff is happening in and about Tuscany. Pick your favorites and let me know what you would like to see more of in the comments section at the bottom. Uffizi Gallery presents sculptures from the collections of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany The Grand Duchy’s collection is large and composed of pieces coming from villas, private homes, gardens, and other museums and galleries. The exhibit closes on...

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