Posts made in September, 2008

Dilemmas: Rent or Buy a Cell Phone for my Trip to Tuscany?

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You may have overlooked this little issue. Yes, you are fed up with your cellphone at home, and now that you are thinking of going to relax in Tuscany with your loved ones, you don;t even want to think about a friggin’ cellphone…right? Well…that may be true for your preparation time peace of mind, but when you are visiting the place you have worked so hard to get to, suddenly you realize that some things should have been taken into more serious consideration. A cellphone is one of these things, for the very simple reason that the majority of the times if you have no way to communicate at cheap rates, whenever you want, you will have to be rely on others to put you through with the right person and complete the call successfully. Let’s take...

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Firenze and Uffizi Grand Tour

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The budget per person for this tour ranges from 20 to 40 euros per person depending where you are residing in Tuscany (transportation costs are the highest toll), and where you eat your lunch! There are a lot of inexpensive and tasty places where to eat in Florence, one is the Trattoria da Mario Florence, town of artistic and cultural treasures, hometown of painters and sculptors, writers and poets, opens its gates to all those who are keen to admire its multifaceted beauty and will therefore want to join us on an outing conceived especially for tourists visiting Siena.We advise to you the walking tour through the town’s most renowned streets, where the shop windows of the most famous Italian designers blend with the medieval and renaissance architecture, which...

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Dilemmas: Public transportation or car rental in Tuscany?

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One person’s nightmare is another’s overseas driving adventure, but if you have any hesitation about renting a car to get around Italy, skip it. The occasional transportation strike aside, you can get to almost anywhere in Tuscany by train or bus—both of which also open up the potential to meet Italians outside the service industry. The national train system, Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.it) services Tuscan towns like Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Pisa. There are a number of companies that offer bus service between towns in Tuscany, but one of the most comprehensive is SITA (www.sitabus.it). For ideas on where to go in Tuscany, start by visiting the Tuscany Travel “Towns” section and the “What to do in Tuscany” section and the “Where to Stay” (Nov....

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Tuscan Recipe: Crostini di Fegato

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This is a very Tuscan recipe that for some reason has not been posted on this blog, but for sure deserves the first place among all recipes…easy, tasty, truly Tuscan, and for sure a success story on your table!! You don’t like liver? No problem, you won’t even know there is liver in here!! The following makes about 2 cups of sauce for crostini, about 30 servings INGREDIENTS * extra-virgin olive oil * ½ medium onion, chopped * 1 pound of chicken livers * 1 celery stalk, chopped * 1 carrot, chopped * 1 tsp parsley, chopped * 1 Tbsp tomato concentrate, diluted in 1 Tbsp water * salt and pepper * 1 tsp capers * loaf of Italian bread, cut into diagonal slices and toasted slightly 1. Cover bottom of medium saucepan...

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THE LEGEND OF THE REVERSED BALCONY

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Florence, like all the medieval towns have a lot of legends about curious and strange events that have occurred in the past times.Florence, like all the historical towns, has many charming and unknown little corners.Sometimes those little corners are the subject of the ancient legends, like in the case of the legend of The Reversed Balcony, that show the irriverent character of the Florentines and the Tuscany people in general.In the centre of Florence in via Borgo Ognissanti number 12 there is a balcony, at the first floor, that was built with all the classical elements, the supporting corbels, the volutes and the balustrades … that are assembled all counter wise.The building with this balcony is dated to the 16th century, and seems to have been built in...

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