Posts made in November, 2006

Wedding in Tuscany

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Getting Married in Tuscany can be a pleasant, memorable and relaxing experience…just like drinking a glass of Chianti red wine. The a brief checklist for getting married in Tuscany: 1) Decide on the location. Many people are not sure how many people will actually make the long haul…and sometimes the numbers grow as soon as you have a location and send out the invites. Be prepared to select a place which will contain the main group and provides lots of extra alternative possibilities nearby in the form of hotels, bed and breakfasts and other rental villas and apartments. Another important thing to look at when selecting the accommodations – if you are planning on having the reception at the accommodations be sure they have indoor area for the entire group or...

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Tuscan wines

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Tuscany produces six of Italy’s DOCG wines: Brunello di montalicino, Carmignano, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Vernaccia di San Gimignano (the only white made only from Chardonnay grapes). It also boasts more than 30 DOC Wines. The best of the Tuscan wines, Chianti Classico, comes from seven zones in many different guises. The backbone of the Chianti reds is the Sangiovese grape, although other grape types are mixed in a varyingly modest quatities to produce different styles of wines.Generally Chianti is full-bodyed and dry, although aging requirements differ from area to area and even across vineyards. Choice does not stop in the Chianti region. Among Italy’s most esteemed and priciest drops in the Brunello di...

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Sensorial Spas in Tuscany

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A New Wellness Experience in Chianciano Chianciano Terme has recently remained a little shadowed by the more famouse places such as Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and the likes. However, Chianciano Terme has been a famous and very important center for wellness and spa treatments since the Roman times.The 1960s saw this little town booming with a very well-organized set of infrastructures, such as thermal facilities specialized in wellness, relax and cures, parks, restaurants, hotels of all kinds, and several entertainment facilities. Just recently, I heard that the Sensorial Spas (or Terme Sensoriali at the moment only te Italian version of the site is ready) had been opened to the public on September 29, 2006. The website shows a completely different approach to...

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Where Are You Gonna Spend New Year’s Eve in Tuscany?

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I know, as the commercial outlets and malls push the beginning of Christmas preparations further and further back (thankfully, they have reached the limit marked by Halloween! Or maybe they will push for “Take advantage! Buy two Santa candles and get a plastic pumpkin for free!”? Hope I am not giving ideas to marketing freaks here…) Anyway, so much for the digression. As I was saying, Christmas is just a month and spare change away, and New Year’s Eve can’t be that much further away! So, I got some suggestions for you that are thinking of spending your HO-HO-Holidays in Tuscany. But first, let me tell you a little about New Year’s Eve in Tuscany. New Year’s used to be a very much felt family gathering time, though in the...

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Risotto al Nero

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Risotto with Squids This is a very typical Tuscan receipe through out the year. Easy and tasty, you will be sure to add an original taste to your table that will leave your guests in awe! Ingredients:400g (2 and 1/2 cups) of rice, 500g (one pound) of small squids, 500g (one pound) of spinach, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 onions, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, 1 liter (1 qt.) of vegetable broth, half glass of decent white wine. Preparation:Clean the squids, remove the bone and the eyes. Put aside, without breaking them, the bags with the black ink and rinse the squids under running water.Dice the squids to small pieces and throw them in a pan where you have previously set the chopped onions and garlic to gently fry in 5 spoonfulls of extra virgin olive...

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