Posts made in June, 2008

Tuscany Underground - Caverns and Beauty Grottos of Tuscany

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It is unusual to think of coming to Tuscany and exploring the ..underground!! But..there are wonderful caverns and formations that are worth your visit just as a Caravaggio is! Depending on what part of Tuscany you are visiting, there are several spots for you. The Apuane Alps, in the Lucca and Carrara region, offer the Antro del Corchia (info at: www.antrocorchia.it), the Grotta dell’Onda free to all (info at: www.comune.camaiore.lu.it), the Grotta del Vento (info at: www.grottadelvento.com), the Grotta di Bagni di Lucca (info at: www.termebagnidilucca.it), and the Parco Naturale delle Grotte di Equi (info at: www.comunefivizzano.it). If you are in Siena or the Val di Chiana Area you have the Parco Archeologico Naturalistico di Belverde (info at:...

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Chianti Wine Grand Tour

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The beautiful ruby-red color and the characteristic bouquet with scents of violet are the special features that reveal the identity of one of the most famous wines in the world: Chianti. This wine results from the wise blend of Sangiovese, Cannaiolo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and originates from the hilly area from which it draws its name. Expert and witty tour leaders will lead you to the discovery of the breathtaking, uncontaminated landscapes that have been cradling the Chianti vineyard for centuries, presenting you a harmony of colors that can only be found on the hills of this region of Tuscany. The sounds, the scents and flavors of this land will capture your senses through a unique experience that you will leave, relish and comprehend by...

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Opera and Theatre Season in Tuscany, The Opera Festival – Summer 2008

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During one of these past days I got in my mailbox a wonderful brochure with the Tuscan Opera Festival dates. I think there is no better place than posting the whole brochure here. If you are going to be in Tuscany during any length of time and can manage to see these operas I bet this list can become invaluable to you! Ok ok, no further ado… Florence – at Giardino dei Boboli (what a wonderful location!!!) Shows start at 9,15 PM June 11-12-13-14 CATS June 25 and July 10-30IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA July 3-17-29LA BOHEME July 8-23LA TRAVIATA July 11SIGUR ROS July 14-15THE BEST OF MOMIX 2008 July 22FIORELLA MANNOIA – Italian Pop Concert July 24CARMINA BURANABOLERO July 28FILM MUSIC – Camera Orchestra August 5O.R.T.-ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA – PUCCINI E VERDI...

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Cooking Lessons while you are in Tuscany

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I am always surprised about how many cooking schools are in Tuscany. All kind of schools, for all kind of Tuscan dishes and styles: official schools, famous ones, private cooking lessons at various Tuscan villas, organized by Italians or by foreign chefs, and so on.. I think it would be time that the Tuscan tourism promotion agency compiled a comprehensive list of all the Tuscan cooking schools with ratings, divided by province and by kind of Tuscan cuisine taught. Tuscan traditions are strongly bound to the roots of Tuscan cooking, its flavors and the cuisine.A famous travel agency in Siena, the Cor Magis, offers to its customers the opportunity to take part to tailored cooking classes. The spirit of this cooking school is based on the Tuscan tradition, therefore...

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Portabella Mushrooms - in Italy Porcini

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Porcini mushrooms are also called Portabella mushrooms and are definitely a delicacy which Italy can be proud of. To date the forests and hills in Tuscany offer these traditional and tasty mushrooms to all discerning food lovers. When you visit Tuscany you can pick up these wild mushrooms. But do pick up the young small ones as the older porcini mushrooms may have maggots and do not taste as good. The best place to find these mushrooms is under an oak or chestnut tree in the wild forests in the Hills of Tuscany on a warm day after a fresh spell of rain. Although dried porcini mushrooms are available all year round it is best to enjoy them fresh in autumn when the Tuscan landscape unfolds before your eyes offering you the best of its myriad charms. Mushroom...

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