Posts made in February, 2007

Wedding in Tuscany

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Beautiful, entrancing Tuscany! Poets and princes, artists and authors have rhapsodized about its charms. From the grandeur of its cities to the serenity of its country-side, Tuscany invites and enchants all to partake of its wonders. It is no wonder that visitors come from ’round the world, and that, today, it is a well-known and perfect destination for a dream-like romantic wedding. The possibilities of where and how to be married in Tuscany are endless. The rumors of tortuous bureaucracy are over-blown and incorrect - if you have consultants who know how to work the system. There was a time when having a legal wedding anywhere but a town hall was impossible. Today, one can marry in a medieval castle, a garden of an historic villa, an hotel -...

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The Wine Roads in Tuscany

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The kind wine folk of Tuscany and Umbria, have made life that much easier for those with a healthy interest in wine by creating “Le Strade del Vino”, wine trails leading through the areas that grow wine. These trails generally follow back roas, passing by a plethora of vineyards.In Tuscany it’s commonto pass many “cantine aperte” where you can taste, buy and immerse yourself in wine.It is a fantastic incentive to combine the sampling of a few wines and a glimpse into the traditional farming lifestyle of these rural provinces. Each Strada has its own district emblem, which you’ll see on signposts in towns and through-out the countryside. Just look for a sign that has something resembling a bunch of grapes, and you are probably on...

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Giglio Island: The Tuscan Archipelago

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The Hilly island of Giglio is Tuscany’s second largest after Elba. Some 14 Km off Monte Argentario, its pristine waters are increasingly popular with divers. There is a regular boat service from Porto Santo Stefano make getting to this pretty little spot easy. You arrive at colourful Giglio Porto, once Roman port and now best spot to find accommodation. A local bus service will take you 6 km to the inland fastness Giglio Castle, dominated by Pisan Castle. Asaide from a couple of patches of sand the size of the beach towel, the only beaches are on western side of the island in and around the modern resort of Giglio Campanese, built around the old watch...

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Tuscan’s Sagras

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Sagra is the Italian word for Food Festival. What can you expect to find when you go? Normally it is a group of locals in the Pro Loco (which means local promotional agency) who get together and prepare a menu with a theme. The money earned in these events is dedicated to buying things for the town folk or setting up parks and play area for the children.So what does this mean for the average tourist? You will forever see florescent colored posters in the Tuscan countryside talking about Sagra, Sagra, Sagra.You’re probably curious - but who knows what you will find when you actually walk into the town. For starters, if it is well known sagra on the regional level, you are very likely to compete with the locals for a place at a table. Tourist...

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Siena’s Palio

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Distinct Italian flair with the colourful costumes, horses in fancy dress and the detail to protocol makes this a true call back to yesteryear - there is nothing like listening to the drums and trumpets in the narrow city streets as they echo off of the medieval buildings, watching the colourful pageant of nobility, flag throwers and military men march down the stone paved roads. Though one must admit the tourist attraction in Tuscany that these events draw - the origins of the modern day re enactments in Tuscany are more closely tied to local pride then anything else. Tuscan cat calls, cheers, chants and a wild display of colour in favour of their local Tuscan champion, they parade into the grand square and proceed to re enact a game of strength and...

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