Posts made in February, 2006

Cortona Toscana and the Tuscan sun Festival

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“The Tuscan Sun festival” and “Il festival del Sole” 2006 edition Tuscan sun Festival and Festival del Sole are at its fourth edition. Festival del Sole will be held in July at Napa Valley in California, Tuscan Sun Festival will follow it in August at Cortona in Italy. Both concerts will extend the successful concept developed in Cortona at Tuscan Sun festival where music artists, literary figures,chefs and wine makers entertainement the public during 3 weeks. Festival del Sole will start 16 of July and Tuscan Sun Festival at Cortona will begin 5 of August. During the 3 weeks Cortona, its Signorelli theater and its squares offer daily concerts, restaurants always opens and wine tasting everywhere. Frances Mayes, one of the Festival...

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how to make ribollita

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Tuscany is a great place for food and wine, and the Ribollita soup is one of best and well known dishes from this part of Italy. Tuscany inhabitants commonly eat the hearty Ribollita soup during the winter when outside it’s very cold. The recipe for Ribollita is below 1 cup dried beans (soak 8 hours overnight) OR 3 cups canned beans 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 onion, finely minced 4 big carrots, finely chopped 400 gr of pork meat 500ml vegetable stew 200g Savoy cabbage, quartered, cored and shredded 30g pack of fresh basil, torn, and persil 1 tablespoon of olive oil grill to high and cook the pork meat 4-5 minutes until crisp. In a pan with a big lid, slowly heat the oil and add the garlic and onion and carrots. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover the pan,...

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Tuscan Bean Soup

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How to Make a True Tuscan Bean Soup! VIDEO AVAILABLE Ok the first thing is: there is NO MEAT in the making of the true TUSCAN BEAN SOUP. The Bean Soup is a traditional Tuscan dish, and its origins are unknown. For as far as it’s known, the Tuscan bean soup is a country dish, born back at the time when Tuscan people had very little to eat but few inexpensive things the fields would give them (the left over from what the land owners would get from them). In essence the Tuscan bean soup is a very simple dish, but for this reason extremely healthy. I advice not to experiment too much with spices or other ingredients, as beans have a delicate taste when cooked in the soup, and you may miss the taste that makes the Tuscan bean soup so special. Ok, enough of this,...

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Movies in Tuscany - Under the Tuscan Sun Tour

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Movie Tours - Under The Tuscan Sun I was intrigued by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. Well, the movie is a bit cheesy, and undoubtly a “chick-flick”, but the scenery was absoulutely gorgeous. I didn’t know if it was actually filmed in Tuscany, so I did some reserch, and it was actually filmed around Pienza and Cortona, plus some scenes in Southern Italy. So I decided to go check out some other movies filmed in Tuscany, and to my surprise I found a score of them. This is just a partial list: Under the Tuscan Sun, Tea with Mussolini, Life is Beautiful, The English Patient, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, My House in Umbria, Stealing Beauty (Io Ballo Da Sola), Romeo and Juliet (Parts), The...

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Tuscany’s best outlets

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A part from the Val di chiana outlet there are also two big outlets in Tuscany where to buy: Prada Situated in Levanella; Montevarchi; 055 91 901; Mon-Sat 9.30-7, Sun 2-9. Prada’s outlet situated in Levanella is only 30km south of Florence. This outlet is one of the biggest Prada’s outlet in the world. You will be able to find many stocks from previous collections in a greater range of sizes. Prada shoes, bags, sunglasses and clothes can be bought up to 70% discount, Miu Miu, Helmut Lang as well as Jil Sander are also there . Prada outlet is many time full of people during the weekend because many Italians go there also. Best days to buy are during the week for Monday to Thursday. The Mall Via Europa 8, Leccio Reggello; 055 865 7775; Mon-Sat 10-7,...

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