Posts made in March, 2006

Tuscan Bread Salad - The real deal

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Stale Bread to taste! If the Tuscan Bread Salad recipe is not enought for you watch the video recipe in English! Since there is much ado about very little, because the real Tuscan bread salad is really simple, here you have the original recipe: Ingredients: Ripe red tomatoes, better if Vesuvian ones, celery (even the leaves if you like them), peeled cucumber, lettuce, just few chopped leaves, basil 10-15 leaves, red onions to taste, one clove of garlic, olive oil, salt, vinegar, black pepper. Last, but the most important, the bread, one whole loaf of STALE artisan bread. Why stale (not moldy!!) ? Because you have to wet it and squeeeeeeze it with your hands so that it becomes moist crumbles and larger moist chunks. Fresh bread gets moist in a whole different way,...

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Lucretia Borgia Castle

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Stay at the Castleof Lucretia Borgia Right at the Tuscan border overlooking the Trasimeno lake is the Castle of Lucretia Borgia, a famous historic castle where the Borgia family used to spend their Summer retreats when they decided to excape the already chaotic city of Rome.Without any doubt this is a romantic Castle, whose most ancient section, the merloned tower, was built around the year 1100.From the wide terrace one can gaze at the immense landscape of the Trasimeno lake, dotted with inhabited islands and surrounded by a myriad of little towns. The sight at night is absolutely gorgeous, when the light come up and reflect on the lake’s water. The calm of Castle Lucretia Borgia is broken only by the sporadic voices of the fishermans that one can spot...

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Tuscany Portal to Italy

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In Tuscany you can find monuments and art of every period of time. Etruscans were the first inhabitants who let monuments and theaters all around Tuscany and Umbria. Romans also left many monuments like theaters and Baths. During Medieval times in Tuscany there were the most rich and powerful towns of Europe. Siena is an example of rich Medieval Gothic town and Florence an example of rich town of “Rinascimento”, Lucca, Arezzo, Livorno and Pisa were also powerful. These towns and cities have produced exceptional architects, scientists, writers and artists like: Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Vasari, Dante, Macchiavelli, Giotto, Michelangelo and many others. A part from its history, art and culture, Tuscany is also famous for is Nature and its products...

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Massa Marittima Tuscan Hidden Jewel

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Massa Marittima! Unique Town to Visit. Sure enough Massa Marittima is out of the big touristic spots. Nothing against the latters, but Massa Marittima really deserves a lot more, seriously. I have been in Massa Marittima just by chance, while I was going to Follonica by the sea in Tuscany. I was following the old panoramic road (a must do, slow motion!!), when I had the feeling I was getting lost and saw this group of houses on the top of a very high hill, and decided to ask for directions there. Massa Marittima presents itself as the typical Tuscan village, from a distance. On the top of the hill, with a church at the very top of it all. Red, it was with its bricks and tile roofs. But at a closer look the stone walls, low arches, raised gardens and cobblestone...

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Castle Road in Chianti

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Castle Road in Chianti There is a unique road in a unique region in a unique land in the world. That road is the Castle Road in Chianti. Unrolled between Gaiole in Chianti and Pianella, this panoramic road counts 25 Km (17 miles) of breathtaking views and historic spots where a full day could be spent in harmony with nature and oneself. There are not enough words to describe the sensations one feels as soon as the eye meets a castle mounted on a rock in the middle of cultivated hills that seem to move with the sun light and accompany your eye towards this culminating point. The soundtrack is the fresh summer breeze and the chirping of birds, as cars rarely pass by here, or if they do, they often go so slow to taste the view that you hardly recognize their...

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