What to Do in Tuscany

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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Immaculate Bridge

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This is not a bridge that exists between two river banks or mountains forming a gorge. It is a bridge that connects two holidays. What on earth am I talking about? Bridge is an Italian term extending the concept of a concrete bridge to describe one or two days between two holidays. Therefore, if you have the Immaculate conception day (today December 8), and an upcoming weekend, Friday and Saturday become a holiday, the actual “bridge” connecting the two official festive days. It is therefore more than a long weekend. By the way, instead of bridge you may read or hear the Italian term “ponte”, which is indeed bridge. Sometimes a ponte is made official by firms, sometimes it is implied; the majority of workers will take a day or two off...

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Romantic Rendezvous in Florence, Italy

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In Florence, a city so full of art and beauty, narrowing down the best things to do on a honeymoon trip, can be a bit overwhelming. To help, we’ve compiled a list of magical moments you can experience together. The Top of the City Climbing to the top of Duomo’s Dome will give you a breath-taking view of the heart of Florence. Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King is the story of this structure, which was a feat of engineering at the time, and a good book to read on the plane. Gelato in Piazza del Duomo Florence has some of the best gelato in all of Italy. Pick up a couple scoops and take a leisurely walk around this smaller piazza and the Cathedral of Florence. There are plenty of people to watch and the magnificent doors of the Baptistery to see. Horsing...

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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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Music, Art, Theater and Folklore in and around Siena

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For the second consecutive year the Siena Provincial Council is promoting a unique and exhaustive bill of festivals and events that will enliven the Terre di Siena throughout the summer season. After the success of the 2010 edition, the Festival In Terre di Siena 2011 is an initiative that intends to systematize the cultural vitality of this territory. The program will see the involvement of Siena in the various areas within each province, from Colle Valdelsa to the Chianti district, from Val di Merse to the Crete, up to mount Amiata, Valdichiana and the Val d’Orcia, with numerous events scheduled from June through October. Throughout the summer, locals and guests will have the opportunity of getting to know and appreciating the artistic excellence of the...

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Summer Activities

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While you’re planning your holiday in Tuscany most of your time is usually spent looking for a suitable property for yourself and your family and friends. At times this task can be quite demanding since you have to make sure everything will be at its best to have a pleasant holiday. It may happen though that you forget to plan some activities for when you’re in Tuscany. Even if you’re staying just one week, you might not feel like vegging at your property all the time, and sometimes day tours to the discovery of towns and art cities can be a little boring, especially if your children say so! That’s why here are four suggestions on activities in Tuscany to do while your are on holiday in the region. Horseback Excursions You should not miss...

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