Posts made in April, 2006

Cortona Villa

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Villa Renello: a corner of peace This weekend I have been with my girlfriend at Villa Renello, a great place in Southern Tuscany near the Village of Sarteano. The owner of the Villa is a young man, Ugo, that was really nice to us. Ugo is also a great cooker and prepared us some incredible homemade pasta. Piera, the mother of Ugo is also very nice and helps him to run the business. Near Villa Renello there are several Villages and towns that you should visit once there: Montepulciano (15km), Cortona (15km), Pienza (20km) and Siena (40km). This part of Tuscany is also famous for its incredible SPA like “Bagno Vignoni” and “Rapolano Terme”. I would suggest to go to Rapolano “San Ugo” that are probably the most beautiful. This is a...

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Pulcianese, good Tuscan Food and Nature

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Home Food in a green valley This week I have been in Pulcianese, a lovely eat-outside place very close to Siena. Surrounded by lovely green hills where sheeps and lambs eat grasslands freely, is this lovely nature spot where you can eat great gourmet Tuscan food and stay in touch with nature. The price is around 20 Euro per person, all included. If you wish you can also bring your own food and enjoy it at one of the many outside tables without having to pay a dime. However, I truly advice to try the Tuscan bean soup the owner prepares every day. DELICIOUS! and also the many Tuscan cold cuts, hams, prosciutto, and good hearty wine. Around the place there is plenty of woods to explore, courtyard animals and plenty of separated parking space. A great experience if...

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Ferragamo lounge bar in Florence

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Florence offers everyday new places where you can go and enjoy this wonderful city, the last one where I have been is Ferragamo lounge bar and hotel. This ferragamo creation is situated close to Arno river just 2 min walking from Ponte Vecchio and 5 min from the Uffizzi in one of the most beautiful places in Florence. The bar is modern and minimalist with very elegant fornitures they do serve very interesting food mixing Japanese and Italian food cultures. The music played was chillout. The Hotel seams to be also very elegant. Ferragamo made a almost perfect fusion between food,hotels and...

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A nice hang out in Florence

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Rifrullo cocktails andwinebar in Florence By the Architecture university in San Niccolo in Florence, shaded by the ancient walls of the San Niccolo fortress is the Rifrullo bar and winery, a very classy stylish but down to earth place where a lot different kinds of people meet. Here you have students from architectural design, professionals, tourists, and regular customers of every age coming in for the happy hour, between 5 to 8 in the evening. Rifrullo in Florence is not only a wine bar, because it also has a nice outdoor patio where one can eat under the shade of ancient cypress trees and the fortress’s walls. At night the bar becomes a disco pub with outdoor dancing floor and cocktail bar. Being so central in Florence this wine bar is quite...

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Siena a town for your dreams

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Siena is a wonderful town that you should visit if you are planing to travel to Tuscany. Siena is a medieval town situated at 322 meters above sea level in the heart of Tuscany. Siena still keeps its medieval appearance. The town is characterized by narrow streets, noble buildings and unique gothic churchs as its Duomo (the main cathedral). The origin of Siena is Etruscan, than it was colonized by Romans. During the middle ages it become an important, rich and powerful town and around the year 1200 Siena become the most important town in central Italy. Confrontation with Florence was inevitable and after many centuries of wars Florence was able to conquer Siena in the year 1556 so than Siena lost its autonomy and its power. Nowadays Siena is a very well kept...

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